I hereby agree from this day forward, to fully participate in life on Earth.
I agree to inhibit the appropriate vehicle for such participation – a body.
I agree to continue recovery and live a healthy balanced lifestyle and I will learn to listen to my hunger and fullness cues and feed myself appropriately, to exercise only in moderation and not to the point of exhaustion or collapse.
I agree to nourish my mind, body and soul and believe in myself even in the darkest of times. I will listen to my healthy self and I will let that be the light to guide me through.
I agree not to disconnect and isolate from the world and I pledge, to reach out and form relationships and experience genuine human connection.
I agree to care for this body and accept all of its imperfections, flaws and faults, no matter how difficult that may be. I want a healthy relationship with my body, not one built on loathing, disgust and hate.
I agree to accept my emotions in a healthy appropriate manner instead of using maladaptive destructive ways of coping to numb my pain and fears.
I agree not to hide or suppress my feelings and emotions and I will express them in healthy and safe ways when they arise.
I agree to be honest and to reach out for help and support when needed and to not let the fear of hurt and rejection stand in the way of a happy and fulfilled life. I have to take that risk and face those demons, to find out who I truly am and who really loves and accepts me.
I agree to reconnect with my family and to settle back into life at home, including participating in activities that I enjoy.
I agree to form structure into my days, with the hope of there being less time to ruminate. I agree to not feed into my negative ED thoughts and urges. But most of all I will not be restrained and held captive by the confines of my eating disorder.
By Sophie Hartwell (2017).
Being ALIVE for another day!
"Wherever life plants you
bloom with grace"