Eating disorders - What are the care and management skills?
What are the care and management skills?
You can learn to manage your symptoms by looking after yourself. This is called ‘self care.’ Self care is how you manage your daily routine, relationships and how you are feeling. The healthcare professional who is working with you should give you advice about self care. If you have an eating disorder it may help to improve your self-esteem. You could do this by:
- listing your good qualities,
- writing down the things you can do,
- learning a new skill,
- writing down your feelings,
- taking an assertiveness course to help your confidence, or
- writing about your life without an eating disorder.
It may help to think about what sets off your eating patterns. Certain times of year or events may make your eating worse. At those times you can ask for extra support from family or friends. You could try different things to improve how you see your body, such as:
- wearing clothes you feel comfortable in,
- not weighing yourself
- doing nice things for your body, such as getting a massage or having a bath, or
- not reading fashion magazines.
Some local NHS Trusts may fund ‘Expert Patients Programme Courses’. These are courses for people who have long term health conditions. The ‘New Beginnings’ programme is a self-management course for people with a mental health condition. The courses are not available everywhere. Another service that offers programmes for people with long term conditions is Self Management UK. They run the Expert Patient programme and others. You can find out more on their website or ask your GP what is available in your area.
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