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Top 10 Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season with an Eating Disorder

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Use These Tips to Have a Succesful and Happy Holiday Season!

  1. Treat every day as if it were any other day
  2. Eat Breakfast!
    • Follow your meal plan if you do not feel comfortable practicing mindful eating. Holidays can be a great time to be flexible.
  3. Avoid black and white thinking and good/bad food.
    • Remember that all food fits.
  4. Set boundaries with family and friends.
    • Be specific
  5. Focus on the meaning of the holiday rather than the food.
  6. Try a new tradition to make memories.
  7. Volunteer
    • Giving back to the community can bring a sense of gratitude.
  8. Reach out for support.
    • Use coping skills and reach out to a trusted family member, friend, or treatment provider when urges arise
  9. Practice self-care.
    • Be prepared and have a plan in place. Don’t wing it!
  10. Have fun!
    • Avoid over-stressing or overbooking yourself. Decide which activities or events you really want to attend and cut down on unnecessary obligations.


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