Actively Arielle’s helpful videos

Knowledge is power, so the more resources you can get, the better.

Hence, today I would like to introduce you to Arielle’s blog. The woman of this blog is in a very solid stage of recovery and is posting a number of helpful videos in relation to eating disorders, a lot of which have proven to be very informative and helpful in my opinion. She is a lovely person to talk to through e-mail and is open to answer questions from her viewers.

Arielle is also part of a youtube group, WeRFeeEDdomFighters who publish a lot of videos on all eating disorders around the clock.

“The greatest source of ideas among men is their human interactions.”

We are a group of people from around the world who have one thing in common: we are fighting for our lives against Eating Disorders. But we also know what it’s like to win somedays too. We’d love to share and have you share with us

We are NOT professionals nor are we qualified to give out any medical advice. We are just here to spread the word of awareness and recovery is not only possible but beautiful also.

Relaxation

The body’s natural relaxation response is a powerful antidote to stress. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga can help you activate this relaxation response. When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your feelings of joy and serenity. What’s more, they also serve a protective quality by teaching you how to stay calm and collected in the face of life’s curveballs.

Take a look at this article located at: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_relief_meditation_yoga_relaxation.htm

In addition to this, I another useful resource if the free section of the iTunes store, useful for those of you with iPods. Simply search “relaxation” and there are a number of free files to download which may help you. I particularly liked one titles Relaxation (Garden) but I know this is a personal choice so you may want to try and download a number of free ones.

In addition, there are some audio relaxation exercises available for free download from the Eating Disorder Association of Ireland

Online Support

Featured support forum: Remember it Hurts [link]
This is a support forum which has provided me with real-time help from posters which are all pro-recovery with subsections for ALL Eating Disorders. The forums is moderated loosely, and does not allow numbers, pictures, weights or methods to be exchanged and so is a very non-triggering environment.

The companion site, Something Fishy also provides various general (and useful) information on all Eating Disorders. They also have a family board for families and friends who are worried about a close one who is ill.

The forum has enabled me to share my experience with people who truly understand, to post struggles when I am no longer in intensive out patient treatment, and to be able to get advise from others. It’s high level of visitors ensures that I get replied promptly, and the rules make it  a safe, non-triggering environment.

The Joy Project, leaflets and Youtube Videos

Featured site: The Joy Project [link]
The Joy Project website has a variety of self-help guides which may provide useful strategies in helping one recover from an Eating Disorder. Includes things like grounding techniques, fun recovery activities, relapse prevention and some good old myth busting too.

Featured site: Center for Clinical Intervention GP leaflets [link]
Although aimed as GP handouts, they provide a lot of PDF fact sheets on Eating Disorders from laxatives, to calorie counting to tackling fear foods. Clear and reliable information.

Featured YouTube videos “Life After ED” [link]
A sufferer talks about her struggles with so much truth and strength and portrays the reality of Anorexia and recovery very clearly, offering a lot of hope and also showing a lot of courage for sharing her experiences.

Anti-Anorexia Art

As an artist myself, I find drawing and especially scribbling rather therapeutic (well, most of the time!). There are plenty of literature documenting sufferer’s struggles as they embark on the road to recovery, and plenty of websites with detailed information on eating disorders and tips to stay on the path to health, but very few sites seem to be dedicated to the artistic expression of the road to recovery or indeed the illness itself.

Thus, I have set up a group on DeviantART, an artist community website, which may be worth taking a look at.

Here is an extract from our introductory page:

Welcome
Art can be a fantastic way of expressing our thoughts and exploring our Eating Disordered lives. This group is for anyone in recovery from an Eating Disorder (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Compulsive Overeating and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified).

We encourage members to post non-triggering creative art and literature that are aimed at addressing the underlying causes of the disease, feelings and emotions.

Who can join?
This group is for anyone who is currently suffering from any Eating Disorder or is a family or friend who knows someone who is suffering

Why not take a look?

What is Recovery REALLY like?

I recently stumbled upon a post made on the ED Bites blog, but I thought it may be a useful resource to put on here.
It’s an hour long but the discussion may be valuable to all of those who are in recovery from an eating disorder, including both male and female speakers.

Recovery from an Eating Disorder: What Does Real Recovery Look Like? from NEDA on Vimeo.

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