Today is the last day of National Eating Disorder Awareness week.
Eating disorders affect millions of people all over the world and don't discriminate by gender, race, age, or socioeconomic factors.
The practice of yoga has helped me immensely as I have continually pursued recovery from anorexia, and has been the missing piece to healing my self-image. There is so much I would like to share on this topic, and I promise it is coming in future posts.
But the pressing need is to get life-saving information to the people who are suffering, afraid to take the first step to recovery, or believe they cannot be saved.
National Eating Disorder Association Hot Line - talk on the phone or chat online.
For those of you in the Baltimore area, Sheppard Pratt has a wonderful Center for Eating Disorders and hosts many lectures, conferences, and events. They also offer a confidential online screening tool and ways to get in touch with an expert.
Sheppard Pratt also offers a completely free support group which meets on Wednesday nights. This group, led by a licensed counselor/social worker, made a huge difference in the trajectory of my own recovery. You will not be pressured to divulge information, and you are welcome to just sit and absorb others' experiences, advice, and encouragement.
If you are scared of showing up, please know that everyone there has been in your shoes, and remembers how hard it was to take the first step. In fact, the first time I drove to Sheppart Pratt to go to this group, I didn't even make it in the door - I cried in my car from fear and pain, and then drove home. But I went back the next week and it was so worth it.
Finally, check out the following online communities and resources:
Recovery Warriors - this site also offers many resources including recovery-supportive apps, social media feeds, workbooks, and more. These people are doing great things, and so can you. I promise recovery is possible.
If you need someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to reach out to me via comments or by emailing me - info [at] lizraglandyoga (dot) com. Darling, I am here. Namaste.