Having to cope with an eating disorder at Easter can be so hard. When I was recovering from an eating disorder, I remember searching the web and couldn’t find anything on how to cope during Easter. I don’t want that to be the same for anyone else which is why I’m creating this blog post! I hope this is somewhat helpful if you are struggling ❤
*I’m not an expert, this post is based on what has helped me.
Related post: Coping with an eating disorder at Christmas
Plan some self-care activities
It’s really important that you take care of yourself. Setting some time aside to do something you enjoy is good. You might want this to be scheduled into your day or it could be a back-up plan if you needed some alone time. For me, Easter isn’t as busy as Christmas but I definitely understand wanting some time to recuperate!
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Focus on other things
If you’re not religious (or even if you are), Easter eggs seem like the main event. But they don’t have to be. Think of it as a time to relax and take a break from work, you could even do some Easter-themed crafts. Maybe a spring wreath, paint eggs, spring garland etc.
I hate when people say ‘think of the positives’ so I won’t say that…but flowers blooming/blossoming is something that has always encouraged me. I love a good flower/plant quote.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
If this Easter you are planning on having an Easter egg, I’m so proud of you and you’ve got this! But if it isn’t, I’m equally proud of you. It is really important to challenge your fear foods but I also think it’s important that you don’t push yourself too far/too much at once. I hope that doesn’t sound too confusing!
If you don’t want an Easter egg, maybe see if you can have something else/a smaller one? One of my friends used to get a film at Easter instead of an egg (not anything to do with an ED, just personal preference).
This is your reminder: you don’t need to restrict at Easter
Your eating disorder might be telling you to restrict. Ignore it. Honour your cravings! Eating is an essential requirement and just because you’re eating an Easter treat, does not mean that you should restrict. Restricting your intake can lead to binging later on in the day, as well as making you more irritable. Eating disorders do an amazing job at manipulating you to believe whatever they are saying is right. You don’t need to feel guilty for eating.
Stick to your usual routine
Like I said at Christmas, sticking to your usual routine just makes coping that bit easier! Having a routine is something that always helps me & has definitely helped me stay rooted throughout the past year.
Try to eat at your usual meal times. If it will help, you could plan your meals ahead so that you don’t even need to think about it. This will also reduce the chance of you restricting as it will have already been chosen.
Use a helpline
If you are feeling lonely or you need some support, don’t hesitate to call/text a helpline. It is possible that they might be busier over Easter but there are lots of websites & charities that you can try. If you need someone to talk to, you can always DM me on Instagram or Twitter 😉
Samaritans – 116 123
I hope this has helped you feel a bit better about Easter.
Do you have any other tips that might help others?
Best wishes, Cx