This article is for you if right now you’re sitting on the fence as to whether you should get help from a professional to deal with your eating/body image problems.
I’d like to help you see more clearly what benefits you could get from getting helps from an expert and someone who walked in your shoes before.
Think for a second about when you get toothache.
You can take painkillers for months. However, if you don’t address the root cause with a dentist and get help to understand how to maintain the health of your teeth on an ongoing basis, the pain will keep coming back.
The help you can get from a professional holds these important qualities:
It’s personalised, tailored to your specific situation.
It takes into account your story, values and where you are now. What you tried before and could bring with you and what you might let go.
It ask for you to commit.
Someone will be holding you accountable and gently push you to take action and move on from only reading and learning about your problem and promising yourself you’ll do something.
It provides structure and guidance.
Let’s be honest, most of the times we give up because we find it hard to zoom in and we get confused on the next steps. We get overwhelmed by the bigger goal, so we could do with some help to see more clearly what’s the next most helpful thing we could do.
There is a path you can follow.
If there is a path, you can see where progress is happening and how you can maintain it in the future. It’s not all blurred and disorganised.
If you can’t see the progress, the professional will put it in front of your eyes for you to see it.
Support through the rough patches.
When the going gets tough and you feel like giving up, there’s someone you can discuss your concerns/struggles. Change happens through dialogue. And if you have a safe container where to do that, it gets easier to bounce back and move on.
When was the last time you asked for helped from an expert?
What does normally hold you back from seeking professional advice (finances, shame, personal beliefs…)?
Ultimately, I’m willing to learn from you. So let me know in the comments below or contact me in private.
P.S.: In case you don’t know yet, this website has a free resources page to help you start your healing journey.
Have a look and get in touch to ask any questions you have. I might be able to recommend an article or another resource to support you.