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would I be getting back into exercise for the right reasons?
TW: eating disorders, disordered eating, excessive exercise and body image
For some context, I have previously struggled with my relationship with food and exercise, it got a lot better about 2 years ago. I never particularly enjoyed exercise, but since starting uni last year, I struggled to care for myself whilst managing uni, work and independent living. Especially, during the summer exam season, I found gentle walks in nature helped with my anxiety, stress and just taking some time for myself.
I have been struggling with my body image recently, and part of me wants to make a change, by engaging in healthy habits because I know it’s good for me, and will have benefits in the long term. But the part of me feels driven by my eating disorder voice and social expectations/ pressure like I’m a bad person if I don’t exercise.
Also, i have previously seen mental health support for my relationship with food and exercise, by I’m not currently. I did seek support from my uni and local charity, but they not that well versed on disordered eating / eating disorders and I have been previously had poor experience with some specialist charities. My family and friend never really understood my struggles either.