Thanksgiving/holiday post #6 Topic: Staying Present

Staying present and being in the moment is something I believe you gain back in recovery. When you’re in your disorder all the thoughts take up all the time and space in your brain. As you progress in recovery that time and space begins to free up and bring room for everything else in life. @actually_alexandra had a really good story post the other day about looking at life as a pie chart and how in your disorder that pie chart turns into a huge focus on things like food and exercise and limits the other aspects in life such as your social life. Thanksgiving and the holiday time of year is such a time to be social! Being social during this time can involve food but food is not the focus of this time. Thanksgiving is made to seem like a huge food day when in reality it’s a day to share with loved ones and reflect on what you’re thankful for. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing what I’m thankful for specifically focusing on my recovery, but what I’m most looking forward to is spending the day with my family and not having my brain running around with food, calorie, and exercise disordered thoughts. This Thanksgiving/holiday season I challenge you to stay present by engaging in conversations, putting your phone down, relying on your recovery toolbox of coping skills, and focus on the thanks and giving part of the holiday rather than the food.

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JR

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