5 Tips to Stop a Full Blown Bulimia Relapse

5 Tips To Stop a Full Blown Bulimia RelapseThere’s nothing quite as terrifying as the moment when you realize your recovery has started to spiral out of control and that you’re headed straight for a bulimia relapse.

One minute you’re feeling fine, you’re starting to feel confident in yourself, you’re feeling in control of your food choices – maybe you’re even starting to feel as though you can actually do this and then BAM, totally out of the blue you find yourself surrounded by triggers and overwhelmed by binge urges.

And the worst part of all?

You have no idea what to do!

Well here are 5 tips to help you avoid a full blown bulimia relapse.

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5 Ways Keeping a Bulimia Recovery Journal Can Change Your Life

Girl with Bulimia Journaling You may have already heard that keeping a bulimia recovery journal can be an especially helpful strategy when it comes to learning to process negative thoughts and feelings in a healthy way – but what you may be surprised to learn is that there are literally HUNDREDS of research studies out there that have found regular journalling to significantly improve both physical health AND emotional well-being.

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How to stop bulimia mood swings in recovery.

emotional mood swings

”I seem to burst into tears much more frequently since starting recovery. How long does it take for the emotional mood swings to stop?”

Firstly, I want to reassure you that it is ** very common to experience an increase in bulimia recovery mood swings** at the start of your recovery.

I remember bursting into tears all of the time at first too, but the important thing to know is that this is not a sign of weakness, or a reflection on your ability to cope without your eating disorder long term.

It is simply a natural, and temporary part of the healing process.

As I’m sure you already know, most bulimics learn to use their eating disorders as a way to mask and numb painful emotions, so it makes sense that when you start to live without bulimia for the very first time, life is going to feel especially painful.

The good news is that most people find any erratic mood swings and increases in anxiety and depression lessen naturally within the first 2-3 months of recovery.

However, in the mean time there are definitely some solid practical steps I would suggest for reducing the severity of the mood swings that you’re experiencing:

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I am scared to show my real emotions. What should I do?

“I am known as Smiley by my work colleagues because I am always smiling, they really have no idea that I am struggling. I’m scared people will notice and not accept me when I am physically showing emotions other than happiness. How should I deal with this?”


This is a great question, and something I think many people struggle with even if they don’t have an eating disorder.

The first thing to realize about the state of happiness is that it is a state. Nobody is happy all the time, and nobody expects you to be.

There are lots of truly happy people out there who live satisfying lives but are not necessarily happy or in a good mood all the time. We place a tremendous amount of pressure on ourselves to act in ways that please others.

After all, nobody wants to be the office grouch, but it is ok to be genuine when you don’t feel like smiling.

Trust me; I know just how exhausting it is to put on a façade of happiness when you are actually suffering on the inside.

Throughout my entire battle with bulimia I maintained a ‘happy-go-lucky’ attitude when around others, but really felt down most of the time.

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