— Anonymous: I have a friend who is having a hard time knowing what makes her happy lately. I don't believe she's had any major problems with her mental Health I just know she's feeling depressed and I want to let her know she's loved. How can I do that best?

I think you could tell her straight up that she’s loved, that you care about her. If it’s too weird to say, I’ve found it helpful to write a little note. But I think one of the best things to do is not just tell but show her how much you care. Even if it’s little things, like asking her how she’s doing and listening to her and validating her feelings and asking what she needs and trying to cheer her up sometimes. Sometimes the small things make the biggest difference.

versesofmind:

recovering from an eating disorder is extremely fucking challenging. you have to face your fears every day, multiple times a day. high five to all those fighting and keep trying for those stuck in lapse { ily all }

— Anonymous: For the anon who asked about being more attached in recovery- a similar thing happened to me, I'm less confident because I don't have my ED to rely on and I feel vulnerable without it. Also because I'm not thinking anorexic thoughts all of the time I overthink other things and for that reason I don't leave my moms side. I don't know if this is whats happening with you but I just thought it was similar, don't worry you're not alone :) x

Thanks for your input!

— Anonymous: Hello! Thankyou just for doing what you and giving out such positive messages every day! 1 question! I have been in recovery for a year now, in this year I have moved back in with my parents, left university and am now doing nothing really! Before recovery I was very independent, I even traveled to america by myself and had a flat in the city! Now however the thought of just a bus journey without my parents scares me. Am I too childish now? Or is this common for anorexia? Thankyou! xxx

Hi, anon. I haven’t experienced something like this and I haven’t known anyone who has. It sounds like some sort of attachment, but I don’t know if it would be related to your eating disorder or your recovery. Perhaps now you are clinging to them for protection/love instead of your ED? I really don’t know. Sorry I can’t be of more help. 

looking-for-peace:

owlmylove:

you don’t “beat” depression. you don’t “defeat” eating disorders. you survive them. stop making severe mental illnesses sound like something you can overcome just by throwing the right punch.

idk I personally think you can beat and defeat depression. every day you defeat it by not letting it win or control you….

*SNAPS IN AGREEMENT* (with Hailey ofc)

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vira-sana:

Reminder: Losing weight only makes you lighter. It doesn’t make you kinder, smarter, more creative, more passionate, more determined, or happier.

This is a fact.

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