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Why Your Eating Disorder Looks Different During COVID-19

In the times of COVID-19, when so many of our lives have turned upside down, it’s easy to find ourselves with over-extended limits and vulnerabilities.

Maybe you’re feeling more anxiety or sadness than usual, maybe you’re facing some tough economic realities…or maybe staying inside for so long has you feeling cooped up and heading into the kitchen more than usual. 

Your eating disorder/ food addiction pre-coronavirus may very well not be your eating disorder/ food addiction during coronavirus. What this means- you’re facing different obstacles, experiencing different struggles, and having to cope in oftentimes different ways that you are accustomed to. 

It’s times like these that it’s not just important, but essential to ask for help. When things change so suddenly and abruptly, it’s not in our best interest to shoulder all this burden alone. Even if we think we can go it alone- no support and no help, why would we? When we reach out to others with real-ness and vulnerability, we’re not just helping ourselves, we’re also connecting in an honest way that helps others. We all need to feel human connection during this time, and pretending like everything is “okay” when things aren’t isn’t going to help you or anyone else. 

Don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying reaching out to others in times of distress is easy. Quite the contrary- it can be incredibly difficult. We might worry about burdening others- They already have enough to worry about- or feeling judged –what will she think of me? 

What I know to be true 99% of the time, is that reaching out for help doesn’t burden others, it helps to validate how difficult this may be for someone else- Oh thank goodness, I’m not the only one struggling. And you may be surprised to find that people respond not by judging you more; rather, they feel more close and connected with you. 

So hang in there during these tough times. Don’t be afraid to ask for help- you are 100% worth it!


Team Molly

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