National Recovery Month | What it Means to Me

By Quinn Nystrom, MS September is one of those months that just has a lot going on. Of course, there are the common milestones that occur around this time every year like Labor Day and the first day of school; both of which indicate that summer is officially over. Its’ also a month packed with…

Places Just Right For Us

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT This morning as I was setting intentions for the day, I opened a book of poetry by Mary Oliver (one of my favorites) called “Felicity” that was recently lent to me by a friend who shares my love of her work and the ways in which it touches the human…

A Path of Healing: Turning Toward Suffering

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT Health, healing and happiness are often marketed to us in these quick-fix, neatly wrapped little packages. We receive uninvited pop-ups and ads on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter telling us how we can look, feel, and be better. We find ourselves sitting in a doctor’s office, nail or hair salon…

Which Way Do I Go Next?: Making Choices in Recovery

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT Recovery is all about choices: making good choices, making the best choice from the options in front of you, and making the next best choice when you slip into an old, but all too familiar eating disorder behavior. This is not always easy. In fact, most of the time, it…

Be Still

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Our brains, no matter what age we are, can sometimes be like an over-active toddler. We respond immediately to “shiny objects,” noises, and colorful stimulants so our attention is constantly being shifted from one thing to another. If you’re five, that is completely normal behavior. If you are an adult trying…

Back to School: Tips for Maintaining Eating Disorder Recovery for Students

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT It’s that time of year again. Summer is in full swing, but Fall is right around the corner. Late August and September brings with it the ritual of students returning to high school and college campuses. For some students this can be an exciting time of reconnecting with peers, meeting…

Doing Anything is Easy (It’s being good at it is the challenge!)

By Quinn Nystrom We all have dreams that may seem a bit unattainable. But we hang on to them anyway. We might not “go public” about these dreams, but they are alive and well and residing in a hypothetical “Wish File” that we like to mentally crack open and peek at on occasion. Some people…

Please Stop “Shoulding” on Me

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Should…such a benign word, but such a pressure-filled one too. Basically the definition of “should” is the same as “ought to” as in; I ought to schedule that dentist appointment before the end of the month. Since we were little, our parents were charged with lovingly directing us to all the…

Before and After

By Hannah Hammond, LCSW My social media has recently been bombarded with friends who are posting their “before/after” pictures.  It is that time of year, you know, where you are expected to have the beach body, to have the results of the New Year’s Resolutions and Intentions you set up at the beginning of the…

CURE STIGMA – MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

By Quinn Nystrom Americans observe the month of May as Mental Health Month, to assist with raising awareness about the one of five Americans who are affected by a mental illness. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chose to promote the theme of “CureStigma”. Stigma is defined as, “a mark of disgrace…

4 Simple Ways to Encourage a Healthy Body Image in Your Teen Daughter

By Stephanie Thomas As the parent of a teenage girl, you know one thing: No one’s more beautiful, inside and out, than your daughter. If only she felt the same way. Studies show that 81 percent of 10-year-old girls worry about their weight.1 Add a few more years of body anxiety, puberty and interest from the…

Using Self-Compassion to Heal

By: Cindy Coloma “I hate you,” Dusty whispered. She glared at her own dark eyes in the mirror, searching for signs of anything worth fighting for. Dusty’s stomach rumbled as venomous thoughts flowed through her. Her chest ached, and her head throbbed with hopelessness. Disgusted, she turned and headed for the back door, stepping out…

How Becoming an Activist Helped my Mental Health

By Quinn Nystrom, MS, National Diabetes Ambassador at Center for Change This past month I had the incredible opportunity in participating in my first protest, as well as an annual diabetes advocacy event called Call to Congress in Washington, D.C. I often say to people that being an activist is one of the best things…

Why We Need to be Talking About Eating Disorders AND Type 1 Diabetes

By Quinn Nystrom I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was 12 years old. I was a competitive figure skater and remember back to the year when I started comparing myself to the other skaters, equating my weight to how good I’d be at the sport, and putting myself on a strict diet regimen….

Too Much of This and Not Enough of That! How to Help Teens Feel Good About Themselves and Their Bodies

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT I’m too short! I’m not thin enough! My nose is too big! My hair isn’t straight enough! I’m not smart enough! I’m too awkward! Most of us have either heard these phrases uttered by a teenager in our lives or remember having been a teenager with our own version of…

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Why It’s Important and How to Get Involved

By Becca Owens Eating disorders are common in the US — it’s estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will suffer from an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime.1 The term eating disorder is a collective term for several specific disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, among…

Planning Your Way Toward Wellness One Meal at a Time

By Christa A. Banister There are all kinds of misconceptions about men and women diagnosed with anorexia. Some people may simply chalk up behaviors to extreme dieting, a zealous preoccupation with fitness or a phase that’ll pass. Considering that 0.6 percent of adults in the United States will be diagnosed with anorexia — with women…

“New Year New You”: Untangling the Web of Extreme Resolutions

Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT So, here we are… it’s the middle of January and there is a good chance that whatever resolutions you have made have already proved a struggle. Perhaps you feel totally caught in the web of “New Year New You” that seems to be floating around all over social media and you…

What Is Body Dysmorphia and How Do You Know If You Have It?

By Wesley Gallagher We all have insecurities about our looks. Our focus may change from our weight to our skin, or we may have one particular feature that always bothers us. No one is perfect, and we can often be our own worst critic. While it’s normal to experience insecurity and low self-esteem due to…

Eating Disorders and Romantic Relationships: How to Cope When Your Partner Has an Eating Disorder

By Wesley Gallagher Eating disorders are often a silent disease, hidden in the shadows and closets of life. Unfortunately, however hard someone tries to keep it secret and separate, an eating disorder inevitably ends up affecting almost every aspect of a person’s life. If you’re in a romantic relationship with someone struggling with an eating…

7 Resolutions Worth Keeping in the New Year

By Christa Banister After all the holiday fanfare has drawn to a close and the calendar flips to January, it’s natural to start reflecting — dreaming even — about what the New Year might look like for you. But what if your ambitions, your resolutions of sorts, weren’t the same tired and superficial aspirations peddled…

When Holidays Aren’t the Most Wonderful Time of Year

by Quinn Nystrom In our American culture, I think it’s easy to buy into the sense that holidays should be the most joyful and wonderful time of year. But then if we don’t feel that way, there’s something wrong with us, and/or we’ve become Scrooge! There are a lot of reasons why research has shown…

Living Strong Through Yoga: Hope for Healing from Eating Disorders

By Christa Banister While it’s occasionally been dismissed as a little too hippy-dippy for some or decidedly low-impact for others, it’s no secret that yoga has a huge number of health benefits. Not only can it help significantly improve strength and flexibility and promote serenity in our increasingly hectic lives, but yoga can also be…

Handling the Holidays Through Recovery

It’s the day after Halloween and you’ve managed to avoid the bags of leftover candy for now. Then you turn on the radio, and before you can manage to change the channel you hear it: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go!” In less than 24 hours, the world jumped from…

Too Much of a Good Thing: How to Recognize an Exercise Addiction

By: Cindy Coloma Many of us prefer to start our day with exercise. Taking care of our health is important, and exercise undeniably plays a crucial role. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to be healthy. Whether you are…