The holiday season is upon us, and with it we prepare to celebrate with our loved ones. Huge family feasts and social gatherings can feel overwhelming for anyone. But for those suffering from an eating disorder, the holidays mark a particularly challenging time. Food is often a central theme for bringing families together, which can negatively trigger those in need of treatment. And to compound the issue, the stresses of balancing career, family and daily life in general can take its toll. If you’re telling yourself to just get through the holidays and wait until the dust settles to seek treatment—don’t. There’s no time like the present to begin your recovery. In fact, the holidays may just be the perfect time…and here’s why:
- The holidays can actually bring a period of downtime from work schedules and your daily routine. It can be ideal for self-reflection and allow you to take some time to find the right treatment program.
- Spending your time in a treatment program can provide you with the tools to finally cope with your eating disorder. Suffering through the holidays isn’t beneficial to you or your loved ones. They would rather see you on the path to healing instead of struggling to cope.
- Being surrounded by a supportive treatment team can be just what you need this time of year. Although you may be missing your family and friends, you can rest assured that this second “family” will be there for you every step of the way.
- Waiting one more day may be one day too late. Entering a recovery program means that you are one step closer to living a happy and healthy life—no matter what time of year it is.
Keep in mind that there is no perfect time to take those first crucial steps to long-term recovery. Your health and well-being should take priority over any guilt or anxiety you may be feeling due to the holidays. Don’t delay treatment another day. By getting help now you can avoid serious health complications later and start living the happy and fulfilled life that you deserve.