Portfolio of Hope

  • The strength inside each and every one of us is unbelievable (You will never truly appreciate this point until you have been through something that demands every last ounce of strength inside your body to be released, but when you do, you will understand).
  • My issues do not define me, and neither do yours. We are all so much more than a diagnosis.
  • People are good. Not everyone is, but most. Reach out and you will be overwhelmed by the amount of support waiting for you.
  • Seeking help does not make you weak, it makes you human.
  • IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY!!
  • When things feel too much, they will get easier again. So for that reason, never give up. Don’t make a permanent decision for a temporary problem.
  • Resting does not equal idleness.
  • Don’t deny your body what it wants. If it wants chocolate, give it chocolate. If it wants salad, give it salad! Everything is good in moderation.
  • Recovery is never linear, just like no ones recovery is the same. What works for someone else might not work for you.
  • Unfollow accounts on social media that make you feel bad about yourself. It’s not helpful to be following accounts that trigger you or make you feel like relapsing. Free yourself of those accounts and make sure that your feed consists of things that genuinely make you happy, not things that make your eating disorder happy.
  • No one except you cares about your weight. When someone meets you, their eyes aren’t drawn to the parts of your body that you despise, they’re drawn to your personality and to your soul.
  • Weight fluctuates daily, so don’t get obsessed. Leave the scales to the fish and start LIVING, not worrying.
  • And finally, I’ve learnt that this thing we call life, it’s worth fighting for. All the tears and the heartache and the complete and utter hurt I’ve felt has been worth it, just for me to get to the point I am at now, the point where I actually have a future. Now that is exciting, far more exciting than being on bed rest in hospital on the verge of death! So next time you feel like reverting back to your old life, the life where the most eventful thing to happen to you was attending your weekly CAMHS appointment, read through this list and remind yourself of why you can’t go back to that. You have a life now, don’t throw that away, please don’t do that to yourself.

Take care

Lisa

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