Change Lifestyle to Stop Bulimia?

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StephanieG
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Change Lifestyle to Stop Bulimia?

I just joined a few days ago. I am not sure how to start my path to ending Bulimia. I've had bulimia for 5 years now and I know that it is mostly caused by boredom and stress in my daily life. I spend most of my time on the computer for work and school. Even though I like what I do for the most part, it still causes me to get stressed. I also feel like I am overweight because of the fact that I am sitting most of the time and don't move around enough to burn off calories. Then of course when I am working alone, it usually eventually leads to binge eating. I don't know what to do. How do I stop the bulimia if I stay within the same lifestyle?

Thanks,
Steph

snowdrop
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It might sound a bit cliche

It might sound a bit cliche but u got to realise that theres a massive world out there. I started drumming in a samba band and going to the gym. Ive met new firends and it has made me feel really good and confident which means i binge much less. I was also severly depressed about a year ago, now Im feeling really positive about life. Maybe you could find some new hobbies and meet new people?
x

StephanieG
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You're probably right. Its

You're probably right. Its just hard to try new things when you don't have that much money (me being a college student and all). But I definitely need to get out and try new things. I often feel depressed and don't have that many friends.

bailey1983
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staying busy helps me

It has definitely helped me to get out of the house and not let myself get too bored. For a while i really looked forward to sunday afternoons when my bf would go play poker and i would sit on the couch and watch TV and binge on Chinese food. And i still want to do that, but i try to force myself to get up and take a walk to go get coffee or find something interesting to do at home. And when i am able to resist the urge to sit on the couch and binge (which is certainly not every sunday) I feel really accomplished and proud of myself. At the same time it is still hard and frustrating to have to let go of this part of my life, it has been kind of like a companion to me. With spring coming there are a lot more things to do outside that don't cost any money. I also find that chewing gum takes a bit of the edge off by keeping my mouth busy. But i think that everyone just find what works best for them. I dont know if you have a laptop but maybe you could take your school work to a cafe and work there, it might feel a little awkward at first but it might also help you to not feel so isolated. Good luck :)
Bailey

lola
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I'm always "bored". I don't

I'm always "bored". I don't have a lot of friends, although, very popular in high school and college. That seems strange to me???? I'm very critical of myself and have a little bit of a hard time not being critical on co-workers, husband and family. I've been on face book and have only 50 friends (hubby 250). I feel like a loser that I don't have more friends, just another thing to bet myself up for. Most I don't even know who they are. I think they just got on to see if the capt of the cheerleading team is fat - LOL. But honestly it is sad to me. My husband always tells me to get a hobby and get friends. I don't know what to do. Money is not the answer. I have enough and it doesn't buy a friend or happiness. Sound funny, but i knit scarfs to keep my hands occupied.

Lola

StephanieG
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I try to go out for walks but

I try to go out for walks but then what ends up happening is I keep thinking about how I can't wait to go home and binge. Its like I can't enjoy anything anymore. I feel like my binging problem has taken over. I would like to make friends. It would probably be the best solution for me because if I am already people, I definitely won't binge. But I don't know how to go about making new friends.

lizduell
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have you tried therapy?

i hate to sound mean by saying it but have you tried going to therapy to talk about this? sometimes you might just need a month of going and you can talk with your therapist about your feelings with your body image, self esteem, and how the binge cycle is running your life and ruining it. also what helped me was going to the dbt (dialectical and behavioral therapy) group offered at my mental health provider. sometimes your local nami might offer it. dbt is a program dveloped by marsha linehan that works on teaching you mindfullness and other skills that you can use to get through whatever current moment is hard for you. for me it taught me a new way of looking at things and thinking about them. it taught me ways to distract myself, self soothe myself, and how to use mindfullness to be aware of warning signs in myself where i might relapse with the binge purge cycle. if you ever want to talk or have questions about dbt im happy to help. and you are of course welcome to send me a friend request if you wanted to.

liz d

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