Initiating a conversation with your parents and loved ones about your suffering mental health can prove to be a difficult task, even more so when reaching out for help when you are living with an eating disorder. However, gaining support from loved ones is often a crucial step on your path to health and wellness. Here are four tips to help you communicate your issues and needs with your family and friends:
Set A Time And Private Place To Talk
A new and unfamiliar place can put added stress on the situation. By choosing a quiet and private place to talk, you can help to alleviate some of the stress and put you at ease when having the conversation. A place that is calming and void of any distractions or potential interruptions is your safest bet for the discussion.
Practice What You Want To Say
Rehearsing what you want to say may help to reduce some of your anxiety. Some even find it helpful to write down any key points that they would like to discuss. Bringing notes can keep you stay on course and alleviate some stress.
Give Yourself Positive Reinforcement
Understand that your friends and family may not have the response you’re hoping for—they may be scared, shocked, or upset by learning of your struggles with an eating disorder. It is important to remind yourself of your strength and courage that it takes to begin your journey to health and wellness. Make sure to remind yourself that no matter the outcome, you’ve made the right choice by acknowledging your disorder and seeking the help you need.
Seeking Help at Tapestry
At Tapestry, we believe recovery from eating disorders is a right and not a privilege. Whether you have questions about eating disorders, mental health, or co-occurring disorders, we are here for you. Contact us today by filling out a confidential form or give us a call at (855) 396-2604.