Challenge of the Week
Week 48: A Perfect Recovery
1) Recovery is hard. Sometimes we want our recovery to be perfect and it can be difficult to admit when we are struggling with something. For this week’s challenge, identify one thing you are struggling with in your recovery. Once you have identified something, find a way to cope with it healthily.
For example, say you are in recovery for an eating disorder and you are struggling with the emotions that go with weight gain and you can’t fit into your old pants, a way to cope with it is to pull out the credit card, grab your friends, and head to the mall. Make it fun!
Think about your experience. Was it difficult to come up with a way to cope? How did you identify what you were struggling with?
If you want, write about your experience and tag the post #100RtRChallenges so that they will be seen by us and by others following the tag.Track the tag to see how others are doing.
Good luck - 100RTR Staff
Wrapping up NEDA week with this video we made a few years ago.
As well as being the last day of NEDA week, today is also Self Harm Awareness Day.
Make sure you’re wearing orange in order to spread awareness.
Today is self injury awareness day. Wear orange and spread awareness for this often misunderstood behavior.
People think that self harming is an attention seeking, easily stopped behavior. We at 100 Reasons to Recover would like to emphasize that self harming is usually a private behavior, and most people who self harm will try to keep their scars hidden. It is also very much an addiction, so stopping isn’t super easy. Stopping is possible though. Self harming does increase a person’s risk for attempting suicide, but self harm in and of itself is not typically a suicidal behavior. If you find out someone is self harming, chances are they’ve been self harming for a while. So freaking out and warning them that they could die from this is not very helpful, since they’ve been doing it for a while and are still alive. Remember that, most of the time, self harm is a way to cope. People use it to survive. If you don’t self harm, it’s probably hard to understand how hurting yourself could make you feel better, but for some people, it does. That doesn’t mean we should just ignore the behavior, though. If you know someone who is self harming, do try to get them help. If you are self harming, do reach out for help. There are better ways to cope with what you are feeling. And there are people who can help you learn how to cope in a positive way.
Recovery from self harm is definitely possible. Just like anything else, it’s going to take time and dedication, and slip ups will happen, but it is definitely possible.
Click here to view all of our posts that are related to self harm, including recovery stories and recovery tips.
A few weeks ago, we asked you all to send in your encouraging messages for those who might be struggling with an Eating Disorder. Here is the result.