The Importance of Being Both Physically and Emotionally HealthyJanuary 15th, 2013 | Posted by in eating disorder | healthy living
You guys, I’m sitting here with a beanie on, a hoodie on, my coat still on, boots that should be keeping me warm, and I’m still freezing. This morning, I saw some temperatures at about ZERO! It was so cold this morning that when I went outside to scrape the layers of ice from my car, it didn’t do any good because it was frozen on the inside of my car. Yes that can happen. I had only heard about that happening before, but this morning I experienced a thin layer of ice on the inside of my windshield. Seriously ridiculous. Is it summer yet? Until those lovely days come, I’m sure you’ll hear my teeth chattering from whatever neck of the woods you’re in.
Over the weekend, I was thinking about the post I shared with you last week about all the great things I can do now that I am healthy and happy. When I was sick and dealt with a disordered way of thinking and living, I wasn’t able to manage all the great things that I am now. Just going over that post had me thinking…
Getting healthy isn’t just about the things we can do…
Getting healthy and happy is much about the way we feel!
Think this through with me. Let’s say you can run a 5k – something you’ve never done before. That’s a great achievement in itself. But what if the whole way through, you were down and depressed on the inside. You beat yourself up about how you should have lost more weight so you could be running faster. You tell yourself you’re still not good enough. And all these other demeaning things toward yourself. That is no better than never having run the race at all.
Being healthy and happy is all about the total package. Physically being in better shape is great, but more importantly is to be in EMOTIONALLY good shape!
Whether this means learning to actually feel your feelings instead of turning to eating or restriction, or maybe you need to work toward not holding your emotions in so often. Whatever it is, let’s make this happen.
I want to show you the difference recovery can make in a person’s emotional well-being. I thought of some of the ways I felt before and after recovery, and this is what it looked like.
I hope this inspires you.
I hope you are able to look at your life and see that there is always room for improvement. And if you are down because of the confines of a poor relationship with food, I hope you see that there is a reason to recover. Life is 100% better because of recovery.
Are you struggling with not knowing how to take that first step towards recovery? Please know that you are not alone and that you have the power within yourself to make huge changes.