Let’s now look at the letter, “R” and a powerful word associated with it in this awareness phrase: Relationship.
“…‘It is not good that the man should be alone…’.”
When it comes to recovery from disordered eating and image issues, isolation can be a dangerous thing. Since most eating disorder behavior hinges on secrecy, separating from others can create the harmful environment to practice such things as starving, binging, purging and even other forms of self-injury like cutting.
We need people; we need socialization.
However, many of us who struggle with these disorders convince ourselves of the lie, “I don’t need anyone else as long as I have this.”
Relationships keep us grounded and accountable.
Often, in the midst of our disorders, we’re far from objective to correctly view ourselves. It takes someone outside of us to see and call out what’s going on.
And beyond this, relationships can be a source of support, love and help. Isolation keeps us away from ALL of that.
When we are aware of who and how we are, we naturally occupy a space which allows people in. We are known and are freed up to know others.
Copyright © 2018 by Sheryle Cruse