24 Hours

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I think we can all relate to this: you wake up one morning-tired-and slump out of bed. You go through your morning routine feeling drained (despite having a decent sleep) just wishing you didn’t have to do today. The day is bright, have no stressful plans and you’ve been fine all week; yet you feel….. off?

You sit down to get your breakfast when suddenly you are overcome by old thoughts and feelings that you haven’t had for a while. ‘Why ...

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It was all because of a cushion….

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Three weeks ago I arrived home after a long day at work, two back to back appointments, and endless traffic to find my puppy had exploded a cushion. You can imagine the scene, I walked into the living room and there was stuffing everywhere…Normally I would laugh it off, feel annoyed, and tell the little monkey off (he knew full well what he had done…!) but that night I just burst into tears. These tears became uncontrollable, I cried for ...

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My Journey

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I’d thought I’d start off with a bit of an introduction about me and my journey so far.

I’d say I’ve been aware of my body shape from quite a young age; about 9 or 10 years old. I’d started puberty around that time so I was developing, I had curves, which, for a while I was ok with. I thought I looked quite nice and was a proud of ...

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Perfection does not exist

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One in four people will experience mental health issues in their lifetime. I never thought I would be me. I never thought I would be on that side of the statistic. I try and understand what I did, how I became one of the 25%.

When I was growing up I was ignorant of mental health, I didn’t even consider I would ever be affected by it. I suppose in many ways ...

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Spring Cleaning

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So last week I had my review. I hate reviews, I refer to them as ‘parents evening’ except I have to sit on the other side of the desk. As I walk in the room, my treatment team are all sat and I have rehearsed in my mind the answer to the predictable first question… They didn’t disappoint, in fact it is the very question I use as a teacher during parent evenings; so how do you think you are ...

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Dear Anorexia

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My Comfort Zone

Number unknown

Stuck Street

Controlville

Dear anorexia,

I am not going to start this letter with the courteously expected; how are you? Lets be honest I already know the answer to that. I know everything about you. I know how you feel every week every day, every second. What I do not know is how I feel, how I am. You have become such a big part of me, in fact ...

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Eating disorders are an addiction

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 Eating disorders are an addiction

I love numbers. My favourite subject at school was maths, and I am lucky to be in a career where I get to use maths every day, interpreting and working constantly with different numbers. So how is it, that I have allowed one particular number dictate my life over the past ...

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Four Walls

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I read a quote the other day which I want to share here… it struck a chord with me.

“If this illness feels right now like a cage, please try to hear me:
It isn’t locked. It has been open all along. You are free to go.”

Marya Hornbacher

Living with anorexia is like living in your own world, ...

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Self Worth

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Before you read any further, find yourself a scrap of paper and take a minute to list out all the things that you like, or even things that you love. Write them down. Set your timer… ensure you take the full minute. Do not over think about your answers or question their worth, if your ...

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Practise makes progress

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Recovery is a strange phase. I am the first to admit, when I first sought help I believed that gaining weight and eating more would be the solution. Increasing the calories short term would produce the desired results and I would be recovered. A quick fix, a wave of ...

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