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Eating Disorder Recovery: College Edition

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College is an exciting time, but also a challenging transition. For many of you, this is the first time you are living away from your parents or caregivers and learning how to be independent. There is a new freedom that is quite liberating, but also scary and unfamiliar. This freedom and independence brings about certain challenges such as new roommates, new classes, a new city, and much less structure and supervision. All of these obstacles can challenge your recovery. It's important to set goals with yourself and your treatment team to make college and recovery possible. A few things to keep in mind are:

  1. Don't overwhelm yourself with too many hours: College classes are tough and very time consuming! Make sure to set aside time for meal times, treatment appointments, self-care, and adequate sleep. Take a reasonable amount of hours that doesn't jeopardize your health and happiness. 
  2. Plan your meal times: It's easy to get caught up in your school work and social life, however meal & snack times need to be your #1 priority. Maybe you write down a time in your agenda or you set timers in your phone to remind you. 
  3. Bring snacks with you on campus: Sometimes classes may go into your meal or snack time. Be prepared for this! Bring something like a granola bar, pretzels, crackers, trail mix, beef jerky, yogurt, etc. 
  4. Plan a grocery shopping day: Choose a day and time that works for you and stick to it so you have what you need for the week! Don't forget about the curbside pickup option. This may be a good way to save time and make grocery shopping more convenient.
  5. Join a support group on campus: Many colleges have ED support groups. Having a strong support system and involving yourself in a positive community may make the transition easier.  
  6. Practice patience & compassion: Remember that this transition is hard! There are going to be days that are more challenging than others, but you have the skills to move forward. Don't be afraid to reach out to your support system for help. Be aware of your red flags so you are able to respond to them appropriately. 

Check out this blog from NEDA Website on ED recovery and college: https://www.nationaleatingdiso...

YOU GOT THIS! The team at Lemond is so proud of you and is excited for this phase of life for you. 

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