What do you do when you have a day where you’re not feeling good about your body?
Most people can relate to these kinds of days. Sometimes feeling bad about your body can seem like it comes out of nowhere, and that can be frustrating. One of the Foundation’s amazing guest-bloggers Ragen Chastain, posted in her own blog strategies to deal with your bad body image days. She provides 4 steps:
- Find the Source
- Over, Around, or Through
- See the Light at the End of the Tunnel
Read more about Ragen’s “Dealing with Bad Body Image Days” post.
Ragen Chastain, creator of the blog “Dances with Fat,” has acquired some beautiful insight when it comes to body acceptance. She helps inspire and motivate people from all walks of life to love their bodies and be grateful for what they can do.
Do you or a loved one struggle to get the eating disorder treatment or mental health care you need? Do you have insurance that covers the costs of your care? Our friends at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) are fighting to make mental health coverage stronger.
Take the Coverage4Care survey and tell NAMI about your experiences.
The survey takes about 20 minutes. Your answers will help us advocate for better coverage for yourself and your loved ones. It doesn’t matter what type insurance you have, or whether you have insurance at all. We want to hear from you.
With your input, we can learn how the mental health parity law affects access to care for eating disorder treatment and other mental health needs. Together, we can make sure that you or your loved one is getting the treatment and support you are entitled to under the law.
Spread the word. Share this survey with your family and friends. Post links to your Facebook and Twitter.
The survey closes on Monday, December 14th, 2015 at Midnight EST.
Thank you for your help.
-Created by an anonymous volunteer from The Emily Program Foundation
I have always had a love for animals! When I was battling the worst of my eating disorder, my parents decided that I could buy a cat (which is one of my favorite animals). My sister and I went to the Humane Society. I fell in love with a scrawny female grey cat that was around 9 months old. After visiting with her and having a discussion with my parents they decided to let me adopt her. I named her Shirley. I came to learn that Shirley would be my best friend during my lonely times when my parents would go out and I was left home alone. She would sit with me and watch tv. I learned the importance of taking care of myself so that I could take care of Shirley.
Animals are very important to me because of the support and loving that they provide. I have always loved cats and had many when I was younger. Shirley was special because she helped me through a difficult time in which I was struggling with food and body image problems. I was restricting a lot. Having Shirley gave me something to focus on other than my eating habits.
I have done some research on animals that can help with healing from an eating disorder. There are service dogs that have been used for people with eating disorders. I think this would be a great benefit for the person as well as for the animal. Dogs can serve as Therapy Dogs or Emotional Support Dogs:
“Two factors must be simultaneously present for a dog to be considered a service dog: A person with a life-limiting disability and a dog who has been individually trained to mitigate the manifestation of that person’s disability.”
Emotional Support Dogs do not need extra training but Therapy Dogs do. Emotional Support Dogs provide companionship. This is what Shirley was to me, despite being a cat! Emotional support dogs are allowed in places that otherwise would prohibit an animal. They can also travel in the same area as the person on the plane. Each eating disorder presents itself in a different
way. Contacting support in finding a animal that helps with this disability may be very beneficial. Here is a link to a site that provides further information:
/ Tags: Companion Animals
, eating disorders
, Emotional Support Dogs
, Golden Retrievers
, Therapy Dogs
, you are worth it