Body-Friendly Tips on Surviving the Holidays

A suicide prevention page I follow on facebook posted an article on Psychology Today about tips to survive the holidays. I was going to share it but #2 gave me icky feelings because it policed people’s food. I’m sure that the intention was positive but it talked about moderating the food and alcohol you partake in this holiday or it might “lead to feelings of guilt.” Which, while it might be true, I thought was sort of gross from an eating disorder perspective.

So here are my body-positive, eating disorder friendly tips for the holidays, expanding on my previous post:

  1. Be around people who make you feel good about yourself and who you enjoy spending time with.
  2. Just because someone’s family does not give them the right to say negative things about you and the holidays is no excuse either.
  3. Try to stick to your usual routine much as possible to help relieve stress but don’t worry about it if you are unable to do this.
  4. Eat what you like and listen to your body; if you’re full, don’t feel pressured to eat more than you’re comfortable with.
  5. It’s okay to say no; know your limits and say no if you’re nearing them. It’s okay to decline party invites or favours.
  6. Make time for yourself.
  7. Don’t feel pressured to be around people if you’d rather be alone.
  8. I’ve said this already but be good to yourself.

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