Part of the process of adjusting and healing, when recuperating from an eating disorder, is learning to see oneself as the person they are becoming in recovery. Of course, that person may not just feel different, she may look different. When unrealistic expectations regarding body size have held sway for a long time, it can be hard to see a new and emerging body as appropriate and good. It may look and act and feel different from what it was, while it was being daily punished by the rigors of an eating disorder. It can take time to accept this new body and see it in totality. Oftentimes flaws are perceived to be part of that body that are not truly there. Letting go of wardrobe staples that were once used to cover up a perceived as “fat” body, for example, can be challenging. But, part of becoming a person living without an eating disorder requires facing the realistic needs of an emerging body and dressing it accordingly.
- 1One aspect that can be particularly challenging through the eating disorder recovery is adjusting clothes as the body changes.
- 2Keeping old clothes that were part of the eating disorder is like holding a lifeline to the disease itself, and this is contradictory to the recovery process itself.
- 3Remember to be gentle with yourself and know that ultimately, letting go of old clothes can be a powerful step for moving forward.
Often times, old clothes are kept and used as a means of body-checking, or measuring if weight has been gained or not.
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