Last week, I wrote an article titled, 5 Powerful Mantras for Eating Disorder Recovery, and it was very well received.
With personal experience of battling and overcoming eating disorders since a 10-year-old girl, eating disorder recovery is a topic that is very close to my heart.
Along with eating disorder recovery, I am also very passionate about speaking up about Hypothalamic Amenorrhea recovery, as well.
Hypothalamic Amenorrhea is a condition in which many women who battle eating disorders or struggle with disordered eating will also experience. Having said that, I have also experienced and overcame Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, which is why I have spent the past 7 months speaking more about it because 7 months ago I recovered from my 12 year struggle with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea.
I could write an entire blog post about Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, what I did to recover, and everything else I think you should know about this unknowingly-common condition amongst women in the health and wellness space, but I will save that for a future article. In the mean time, if you’d really like to learn more, you can listen to my podcast, Unbreakable You. I talk a lot about my journey through Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA) recovery on my show, but I have also interviewed many guests who have shared their personal struggles and stories, as well.
Today, I would like to provide you with 5 powerful mantras that you can use if you are currently going through the motions of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea recovery. Recovering from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea often requires a woman to eat more food, exercise less, and gain weight. These mantras supported me throughout my own recovery journey and I know they will add the support and encouragement you need throughout yours, too.
When you’re going through HA recovery, you will likely have at least one moment (or many) of self doubt:
“Should I actually be eating this much!?”
“Am I actually hungry right now?”
“How do I know what hunger feels like?”
These are just a few examples of thoughts that may pop into your mind when experiencing intense hunger, which most of us experience throughout HA recovery. This mantra was one that I repeated to myself time and time again throughout the day. It grounded me and reminded me that, above all else, my body is my guide and that there is no meal plan or number of calories that is “more right” than following my body and allowing her to be my guide.
As mentioned above, extreme hunger is a real thing during HA recovery, which is why I found this particular mantra so useful. There is literally no such thing as too much food during HA recovery. If you feel hungry, eat. If you feel really hungry, eat. If you just ate and feel hungry soon afterward, eat again. During HA recovery, food truly is your medicine and there’s no such thing as too much of it.
The extreme hunger and all the eating can start to play games with your mind. You may be thinking:
“How is it possible that I can eat all of this food!?”
It’s common to think this, especially if you’ve been restricting food for many years or not allowing yourself to experience complete satisfaction from your meals and the food you eat.
When self doubt starts trickling in and begins to play games with you, use this mantra. This mantra will help you begin the brain rewiring process. It will also add a little sass to your day – try it out for yourself!
As women, we have been led to believe that our worth is tied to how we look, the size of our pants, and how much space is between our thighs. This is a false belief that we all need to unlearn while recovering from HA. I highly recommend using this mantra to begin rewiring your brain and detangling yourself from the false beliefs you’ve been holding onto about your body and your worth.
I actually used this mantra for the first time the morning of the day I got my first period after 12 years of HA, so I think it’s magical. It may be more of an affirmation than a mantra, but it works and I suggest you begin using it. Throughout HA recovery, it’s easy to be operating from an “I am sick/I am broken” mindset, but affirm you’re healed. Affirm your body is healthy. The more often you affirm this, the quicker you will begin to believe it’s true, and that is what will support you in truly healing your body and recovering from HA.
I hope at least one of these mantras can offer you the support you need throughout your recovery journey.
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