Christmas isn’t always happy, and it certainly isn’t always stress-free.
Family pressure to eat and questions about weight can really be difficult to field on such a chaotic day.
To ease the strain of the festive season, Mamamia has worked with the Butterfly Foundation to provide helpful ways women can keep the festive season in perspective.
Pass this onto a loved one who is suffering, or a family member to help spread awareness.
1. Catch up outside food events.
Food can play a significant role in festive celebrations. Find ways in the lead-up to the day itself to catch up with people outside of food events and celebrate in your own way. If Christmas has spiritual significance for you, what can you do to honour or express this?
2. Make eating regular meals and snacks a priority.
We know this is hard, but it helps a lot! You’ll feel better able to deal with and enjoy celebratory activities if you’re well nourished.
3. Don't skip meals.
Avoid the temptation to skip meals or restrict prior to a special event. It will make you feel irritable and more likely to binge.
4. Talk to someone you trust.
Let a trusted person or people know how you’re feeling. Tell them ways they can support you leading up to Christmas Day (or another special event) and on the day itself.
LISTEN: Let's stop making Christmas all about food. (Post continues...)
5. Write down your strategies.
Use all the strategies you’ve been learning to quieten your eating disorder voice and make your wise and supportive voice louder and stronger. At times it can be hard to call upon these strategies, particularly in the moment when your eating disorder voice is loud.