People with eating disorders don’t necessarily have lower immunity but, per Government guidance, it’s a good idea to try to avoid unnecessary social interaction.
Despite the prevalence of Coronavirus right now, other health issues are not less important. If you are needing extra support in this time contact the Beat helpline.
Your therapist may offer telephone- or video-based appointments even if you can’t see them in person. If this hasn’t yet come up, ask them about what plans they have in place.
If you cannot pick up your prescriptions remember that someone can do it on your behalf, they just need to confirm your address.
Talk to people in your support network about meal planning, what foods you feel comfortable with, and what support you can put in place during mealtimes.
Talking to people who also struggle with eating disorders is important as well. The Sanctuary offer a safe space for people with an eating disorder to share concerns and advice on how they are coping with the pandemic.
Planning in advance and writing things down can help lessen anxiety and encourage you to stick to your plans.
You can limit the likelihood of bingeing due to hunger by eating three regular meals and three regular snacks a day. If your binges are triggered by emotions, a way to support yourself could be thinking through BLAST -are you Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stressed, or Tired?
There are a few different ways to get hold of food without going to the shops yourself, including getting someone you trust to go for you or ordering online.
It could be helpful to make a list of reason why it’s important to not compensate if you’re not able to exercise – remember your body still needs nutrition to carry out its normal daily functions.