A number of tools can help you get comfortable with this initial process of recovery, some of which you may already know about, such as journal writing, taking relaxation breaks, and cultivating relationships with people you trust and enjoy. Other steps will probably be new to you, such as "taking dictation from yourself" by answering deeply personal questions; noting, challenging and changing your negative self-talk and negative triggers; and defusing your eating environment one step at a time to help you begin thinking about food and eating in non-eating-disordered ways. Eventually, you'll change how you respond to and communicate with people so the eating disorder won't have to do that for you. In addition, your "world view" that thinness determines your personal worth will shift, and you'll rebuild self-esteem on a more secure foundation.
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