Life without Anorexia

My motto is
'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section as i am much quicker at answering there, otherwise you can always send an email: lifewithoutanorexia@hotmail.com

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Things I have begun doing/gotten better at doing since recovering from my depression

Recently I began thinking about some behaviours that have changed since I have recovered from my depression.  How I feel happier, more energetic, more confident among other things.  It feels amazing and I just wanted to share some of these:)

Also to mention that you should NOT get used to extreme tiredness, burnout, lethargy, lack of life motivation etc or just settle for it and think that you will always feel that way.  Because that is not the case.  You CAN recover from depression but it also means making changes in your life and mindset. Things will get better if you make active changes to make things better!!! Roughly 18 months of progressively worse depression and  I can now say with confidence that I am so much better.  And YOU can get better as well!!!

Dancing/singing along to music!

Taking selfies and pictures of myself... and taking pictures in general.

Replying to people's messages. Reaching out to people.

Initiating conversation with people. Saying "hi" or "hello" first to people.

Smiling and laughing and not feeling ashamed or guilty about it.

Actually cooking and making food and enjoying it.

Complimenting people more frequently.

Liking the way I look.  Feeling confident in myself again.

Better sleep routine. Waking up with energy and falling asleep before 11pm most nights.

Actually calling my family to talk to them.

Not feeling as overwhelmed with life.  Or about having "to do's" or just adult tasks.

Actually doing things in the evening and not just lying in bed all day because I had no energy for anything else.

7 comments:

  1. I'm so hapy for you Izzy!! What an achievements you've made already in your depression recovery :) It's very motivating as well to read for me personally since i'm about to start therapy focused on my depression.. Something i have been struggling with for wayyyy too long now. But reading your experiences with depression and the positive results of undergoing therapy for it is absolutely encouraging.

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    1. I hope therapy works for you and you start to feel happier again and more motivation in life :) recovery from depression is possible remember that! Consider all things in your life - sleep, your diet, exercise routine, medication you take/don't take, how are other people in your life affecting you (ime are there toxic people or environments which you need to rid yourself of.) And even things like hormones and stress etc as well as working on your thoughts and mindset and the root of the problem such as anxiety and such!

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  2. Izzy, I am really struggling. I have anorexia, but am working on recovery. I play soccer and just started High school, which is fun but stressful. I am weight restored. I really wanted to run track with my friends during the winter, but my parents have already said absolutely not because it's too much stress and stuff. But I am just really really sad right now and I am honestly just crying. My parents are just ignoring me because they "can't have me ruin another dinner" or something like that and also they think it's ridiculous that I'm crying over a sport. So I feel alone in my sadness right now. And that makes me even more depressed. Please, do you have any thoughts?

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    1. Hello,
      I think what your parents is doing is right... that maybe you shouldn't do too much exercise or overwhelm yourself at the moment. You may be weight restored but you also need to take into consideration what your body has been through and whether you are mentally healthy or not.
      If you really want to run... then maybe run once a week with friends and then play soccertainly 2 or 3 times a week.... so that you don't do too much at the beginning. The best thing would be to talk to your parents..my tell them how you feel and ask them why they don't want you to run. Try to come up with a plan so that you all feel happy with it... and talk about how you feel your parents are acting towards you. Communication is the best way. Don't sit in silence and feel sad or angry, instead talk about it :)
      And even if you can't run track now... you have the rest of your life to run if you want to. Don't let small things like this stress you out, focus on other things like what you can do! :)

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  3. I loved this post, thank you for sharing :)

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  4. Well done Izzy for perservering with your depression and not letting it beat you :) I am so happy that you are now feeling that you are coming out the other side, the fact that you can now do all those things is just great!
    I`m glad you are happier and enjoying life again. You`ve been through a bad patch but now it looks much brighter for you and I hope it stays that way :)

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  5. How are you Izzy? :) What are you doing during your days now in Gothenburg, except study and training? :)

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