No doubt the holidays are a tough time for people with eating disorders. Several factors play into this:
- The shorter days mean less sunlight –> less vitamin D –> lower mood/increased depression
- Schedules are different and more demanding of our time. It can really disrupt the structure and routines that are key to eating disorder recovery (especially with your meal plan!)
- Holidays mean more time with family. No matter how much you love them, this can be stressful for a million different reasons.
- Real Life holidays are not like the ones we see in cheesy Hallmark holiday movies. (Side note, if you’ve never see the movie Four Christmases, check it out!)
The Eating Disorders Hope website has a link to tons of articles addressing all sorts of things holiday-related. Check it out here.