8 Ways to Show Your Body Some Love

February 25th – March 3rd is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, a perfect time to show your body some love.

As someone in recovery from an eating disorder, I know what it’s like to have a less than great relationship with your body. My distorted thoughts often had me view my body as something to fight against and change at all costs. Today, I am lucky to have a better relationship with food and my body, but I also have my bad days. On these days when those pesky ED thoughts pop into my head, I try to show my body some love. Here are ways you can treat your body this month.

1. Soak it up

Your body works hard, it deserves some rest. Pour in that bubble bath and let your body soak in the comfort. Feel free to indulge in good book while you’re at it.

2. Shake it out

Turn up the tunes and dance like society doesn’t have unrealistic expectations for your body shape. May I suggest a body positive playlist?

3. Catch some rays

Sunshine contains natural vitamins and minerals that your body needs to feel its best. Take a quick stroll around the block or read a book near a sunny window.

4. Stretch

Everything feels worse when you’re in need of a good stretch. Take some time to ease your body – and mind with a quick yoga routine. Need inspiration? There are plenty of free yoga videos online!

5. Book a massage

Feeling extra fancy? Book yourself a massage. Sore bodies deserve to be pampered. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, try soaking your skin with aromatherapy lotion. Breathe in and relax.

6. Get down

Sometimes there’s no better way to love yourself…than to love yourself! Self touch can be very rewarding for your body and releases dopamine, our body’s natural feel-good chemical.

7. Make a gratitude list

It’s easy to look in the mirror and list all of our flaws. Try writing down 5 things your body does that you appreciate. Try another 5 things your body is good at. How about 5 things you love about your body? Keep adding until you’re full of body love.

8. Find support

Sometimes you need a little help, that’s okay! Call up a trusted friend or family member on a bad body day. If you find yourself having more bad days than good, seek professional help. Looking for an online program to keep you accountable? Check out Workit Health today!

Celebrating Eating Disorder Recovery With A Love Letter To Myself

September is National Recovery Month! Workit Health is celebrating recovery with stories from our team.

As the head of counseling here at Workit Health, I know how important it is to celebrate recovery and the people who are in it. I have personal experience in recovery from Bulimia Nervosa and a history of self harm.

For me, recovery has been more than treating my eating disorder. It has been a journey of acceptance and radical self love. To celebrate recovery month, I’ve written a love letter to the parts of myself that I once despised and misused.

 

To my brain, what some would say caused all this trouble.

I spent a long time thinking that you were beyond repair. I filled you with horrible thoughts. Now, I find peace here on my darkest days. You hold the memories of my fondest moments and allow me to visualise the bright future of my recovery.

 

To my feet, who have run away from so much.

You’ve stood on cold bathroom floors, squirmed anxiously in my shoes, carried me to beautiful places. You’ve never let me down, even when I overworked you. You continue to march me into the storm of life, unafraid.

 

To my stomach, where the bulk of this hatred has been directed.

Thank you for giving space to my organs so that I may live, despite trying to destroy them for so long. You’ve grown with me as I recovered and held up as I tried my best to shut you down. You’re nothing to be ashamed of.

 

To my lips, who have betrayed me.

I used you to speak hateful things about myself. Bitter words produced as a symptom of insecurity and shame. These same lips now speak words of encouragement, support, and positivity. They tell a story of hope and healing.

 

To my fingers, the unexpected victims.

I’ve picked at you nervously, bitten you to pieces, used you as a tool for my own destruction. I’ve pointed you with disgust at the mirror, at others, at the world. Now I use you to type, as a tool for healing. To send messages to people I love, my clients, and the world.

 

To my scars, my weakened teeth, the reminders of the past,

I love you and accept you. I hold no grudges against you. You make me the person I am today and I am happy to share you to the world. Through hugs, smiles, and a voice with a story, we will inspire others together.

 

To you, wherever you may be.

You are stronger than you think. You have control over your body and your mind. There will be bad days, good days, and a lot of days spent in limbo. You’re not too sick or not sick enough. Find your path and follow it unapologetically, without fear. We’re in this together, and we can make it through.

 

My journey to self love has been a long one, and I still have days where I feel like rebelling against my body. It has taken practice and a lot of trial and error to see myself as a whole being rather than a mind and body that don’t match. My eating disorder left me with lasting effects and a passion for showing the world what lies on the other side of recovery.

Why Are There Suboxone Therapy Requirements?

Why does buprenorphine/naloxone (known by its brand name, Suboxone) have therapy requirements?

At Workit Clinic, we use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to treat opioid addiction with Suboxone.

Because patients are taking a pill that mimics the effects of an opiate, they experience little to no withdrawal symptoms and are less likely to relapse.

While patients generally stay on Suboxone for one to two years, we at Workit Clinic know that addiction is a lifelong disease. In order to stick to recovery and truly become free from addiction someone must be able to manage triggers, understand addiction, and maintain a support system.

The bad news? There is no magic pill that gives a person this knowledge. The good news? Therapy or counseling can help people acquire these skills and live a life free from opiate addiction.

The combination of medication-assisted treatment and therapy is not a new concept.

In fact, federal law requires that MAT patients receive some form of counseling with their Suboxone prescription. Not only is therapy with MAT mandated, it is proven to work better than MAT treatment without any therapeutic intervention.

 Workit Clinic’s Suboxone program with counseling is online, so it’s accessible and effective.

Medication-assisted treatment helps patients get past initial withdrawal and stay off of addictive substances.

It treats the physical symptoms of addiction. However, therapy is often needed to address the core of addiction illness. Therapy will allow a person to explore what their triggers are and how to combat them. A therapist will often provide psychoeducation on addiction and the emotions and symptoms that often come with it. If and when relapse or mishaps occur, a therapist will be there to provide support, forgiveness, and plan coping strategies.

Addiction is tough, but you’re tougher – especially when you have learned the skills you need to succeed in lifelong treatment.

Here at Workit Clinic, we’re here for the long haul. We don’t just want to help you get sober, we want to teach you the skills to lead a long, healthy, happy life free from addiction.

Practical New Year’s Resolutions For Every Stage Of Addiction Recovery

New Year’s resolutions can feel daunting, but they don’t have to be complicated or self-punishing.

The new year is a great time for reflection and setting goals. As someone who has basically been on a perpetual diet since sixth grade, I am very familiar with New Year’s resolutions. I thought every year would be the year that I finally lost those 10, 20, or 30 pounds. I am also very familiar with New Year’s fad diets that create unsustainable weight loss and leave us with nothing but disappointment by March. That’s why this year, I propose that we ditch the weight goal, or the dramatic life overhaul, and instead focus on improving our holistic health.

Here are a few things to work on in 2018 that don’t revolve around a scale.

1. Fix your sleep schedule.

The National Sleep Foundation recently found that forty-five percent of Americans report their lack of sleep interferes with their daily life. Insufficient sleep can decrease our concentration capabilities, make us more vulnerable to sickness, and even increase our risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. For those of us who struggle with insomnia, simply setting an alarm may not be enough. If so, treat yourself to some super sleep resources! For example, Sleepio.com is a customizable sleep therapy program that will equip you with tools for better sleep! If you need someone to tuck you in, the Sleep With Me Podcast is sure to put you to sleep with the narrator’s soft, soothing voice and not-so-thrilling subjects. We’ve got more sleep tips, if you need them.

2. Be mindful.

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that focuses on the present and self reflection. it’s a bit of a fad right now – but for good reason!. It has shown to improve health in more ways than one. Mindful meditation has be shown to improve focus, relieve stress, improve athletic performance, and even help decrease pain. Don’t believe me? Check out this summary of mindfulness research and its results. I am a huge believer in meditation and it has helped me a lot in my recovery journey. This year, take time to be present, grateful, and centered. Ready to try meditation? We’ve got just the thing.

3. Read more.

Who reads anymore? According to the Huffington Post, successful people! Reading is a great way to expand our horizons, learn something new, or simply take a break from this wild world. It can also be a great way to unwind after a long day or connect with new friends at a book club. No matter your preferences, reading is a great hobby to start or re-visit. Start your 2018 reading career off with some suggestions from Workit’s own Community Lead, Kali Lux!

4. Set social media boundaries.

If you’re like me, you spend a LOT of time online. While social media sites are amazing places for staying in touch with friends or keeping up with world events, they can also be overwhelming. A study from the University of Missouri found that social media like Facebook can increase feelings of envy in its users that result in depression. Staying connected is important, but so is setting boundaries. Some common social media boundaries are limiting nighttime use, turning notifications off, and *shudders* leaving the house without your phone. I’m sure 2018 will bring many more opportunities to be glued to our phones. Let’s set boundaries and be prepared to unplug (even for a little while).

5. Take the next step.

Even though January first is a totally arbitrary date, we’re all for starting anew. The New Year is a great time to get healthy and get clean. You deserve it, and we’re here to help. Workit’s online addiction treatment is built by addicts, for addicts and completely customized to your needs. Addiction is tough, but you’re tougher. Get started today at https://workithealth.com and use “workitrocks” at checkout for 25% off.

How To Stay Body Positive In A World That Wants Us To Be Perfect

How can we live healthy, happy lives in a culture that values weight loss above all else?

I don’t think I am the only one who has ever Googled “how to lose weight FAST” in a panic at 2am. I searched this question many times, and boy did I find answers. I quickly learned that the internet is for more than cat videos. It also hosts a deadly culture of body perfectionism, food restriction, and self hatred. This culture goes far beyond our society’s usual offenses of passing heavily photoshopped images off as real bodies or promoting a different fad diet every week. I’m talking about entire blogs, sites, and trending hashtags that actively promote disordered eating.

These sources taught me how to “fix” my body. Thanks to the sinister advice they provided, I was an expert in restricting my food intake, taking diet pills, and drinking enough coffee to make a horse shake all by the age of sixteen. I did not see my behaviors as unhealthy. In fact, I was incredibly happy that I had finally found “advice” on how to lose weight the way I wanted to – quick and easy.

However, when the diet pills and starvation stopped working, I dove deeper into self hatred and began to engage in even more dangerous activities in an attempt to lose weight. I quickly developed a severe eating disorder and it controlled my entire life. Online communities applauded my ability to purge after every meal and workout for hours at a time. I felt a sense of achievement every time I skipped a meal or purged after one. My so-called “friends” online were in support of my behaviors. We shared tips and tricks on how to deprive our bodies of the nutrients it begged for.

Now that I am in recovery, I am hypervigilant of things that promote unhealthy body habits. With my eyes now open, it is no surprise that body issues are so prevalent. Everywhere we look we are bombarded with images of the “ideal” body that is only possible through digital alteration. Fad diets are promoted online and on television promising fast, unsustainable weight loss. Growing up, our bodies are scrutinized and often made the center of dinner conversation. On my most vulnerable days, it seems like everywhere I look I am met with pressure to hate my body. Being comfortable with who you are is truly a radical act these days.

The good news is that the internet is a biiig place. For every site that promotes shame and unhealthy behaviors, there is another dedicated to recovery and body positivity. In my journey to cut out body shaming and sinister fitness advice from my life, I have stumbled upon many amazing sources of body positivity and eating disorder-informed advice. Below are some of my go-to sites when I need a reminder that my body is not the enemy.

1. Healthy is the New Skinny

 Healthy is the New Skinny

Katie Wilcox turned her passion for self love into a social movement and blogs about topics ranging from triggers to delicious recipes. She also hosts workshops which teach others how to embrace themselves in healthy, positive way.

2. Proud2Bme

 Proud2BMe

Proud2BMe is a organization dedicated to building a more confident nation. This site features real stories written by young adults about their struggles with body image and disordered eating. Proud2Bme also engages in outside advocacy and education.

3. Notoriously Dapper

 Notoriously Dapper

Kelvin Davis is a style blogger who aims to change the conversation about sizing, fashion, and men’s bodies. His “dapper” blog is full of style inspiration and body positivity.

4. Ashley Graham

 Ashley Graham model

You’ve probably heard of plus-size model and body icon Ashley Graham. She’s currently taking over the modeling industry and on the way is encouraging people of all sizes to love and treat their bodies well.

5. National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)  

 NEDA National Eating Disorders Association

NEDA is a national organization dedicated to eradicating eating disorders. The organization’s blog features a diverse range of stories and advice on topics related to body image and disordered eating. It is a great resource not only for those struggling, but also for their families and friends.