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Beach Breaks with Monte Nido: A Summer Self-Care Series

Summer is a time to slow down and recharge the mind, body and spirit. This is especially important for those of us in the world of healing. Monte Nido would like to invite you to kick off your sandals and spread your toes in the sand for this very special summer series. Each month we will bring you a self-care based activity right down at Corona del Mar State Beach.

Join us for our kick-off event in June: Body and Soul! The heart of Monte Nido’s clinical philosophy understands the eating disorder client to be in a battle with two parts of themselves: their “healthy self” and their “eating disorder self”. Our clients often arrive a supercharged, all-encompassing eating disorder self and a faintly detectable healthy self. Our work involves helping them learn how to strengthen their healthy self to heal and integrate the eating disorder self into one whole being. In this effort, we help our clients find their true self, which we call the “soul self”. A core element in this work is our Body and Soul Group. Please join Hanan and Andie for an experiential Body and Soul Group at the beach, infused with a touch of Monte Nido “fairy dust” as we call it.

Attendees will be able to explain the concepts of eating disorder self, strengthening the healthy self and the soul self to use in work with clients. They will also be able to identify at least two techniques to implement when working with body image and resolving conflict between the healthy self and eating disorder self. Last, attendees will be able to identify at least one way focusing on the soul self contributes to gratitude and respect for the body.

“Beach Breaks with Monte Nido: A Summer Self-Care Series” with the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Newport Beach team will be held on June 29th from 9:00-10:30am at Corona del Mar State Beach in California. The group will meet near the volleyball courts between Towers 3 & 4. Please park in Corona del Mar State Beach Main Parking Lot.

For questions, please contact Regional Outreach Manager Andie Hollowell.

 

Additional dates and topics will include:

Restorative Yoga and Body Image | July 28, 2017

Guided Meditation | August 25, 2017

 

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Life Unrestriced: A Podcast with Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the Gatewell Therapy Center in Miami, Florida. Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is the author of “Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? Challenging Our Nation’s Fixation with Food and Weight”, based on her award-winning blog of the same name. She is committing to helping people develop healthier relationships with food and their bodies. Check out Dr. Rosenfeld’s podcast on Life Unrestricted where she discusses disordered cultural messages, compulsive exercise and co-occurring issues.

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Eating Disorder Center of Portland Day Treatment Program for Adolescents

At Monte Nido Portland, we are sensitive to the developmental needs of the adolescent population, and our experienced multidisciplinary team takes a holistic approach to get teens on the path to full recovery.

Whether stepping down from Monte Nido & Affiliates Clementine Portland program for adolescents, another residential treatment center or simply needing partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programming while living at home in the Portland area, we understand the complexity of the eating disorder and offer the programming to treat them.

Using the same philosophy and protocols, and inclusive of components offered at other Monte Nido programs, our adolescent track at Monte Nido Portland’s partial hospitalization program provides the following:

  • Clinical program content appropriately adjusted to reflect the specific developmental and social needs of the adolescent population
  • Group topics and times geared toward adolescent attention spans and issues, diligently maintaining a positive and healthy milieu, with more sensitive topics addressed in individual sessions
  • Family programming recognizing the importance of the family in the recovery process and their involvement in weekly family programming as appropriate and available:
    • Family/relationship group
    • Weekly family sessions
    • Extensive psycho-education to help them gain understanding and tools to support recovery

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Social Media Sobriety

Karin Lawson, Psy.D., CEDS, RYT is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist in Miami, Florida. After serving as a clinical director at Oliver-Pyatt Centers for 5 years, Dr. Lawson continues her passion in private practice. She is certified in Curvy Yoga, which promotes making yoga accessible and body positive regardless of age, ability or size. In this week’s blog post, Dr. Lawson discusses some benefits of social media use for clients.

I have conflicting feelings about social media and its effect on us. I see the potential harm to us . . . potentially reducing our in-person connections, increasing isolation and loneliness, increasing comparison – which does a number on our esteem, being an unhealthy platform for people to harass and hide. Despite these concerns, I am active on social media and find benefit to it. So I want to balance out those worries with some perks that social media can provide us and, in particular, many clients I serve.

One significant benefit from social media and the internet in general is the access to support and information that otherwise wouldn’t always be so accessible to people, such as those in rural areas with more limited resources. In that vein, I want to acknowledge resources that social media can provide in relationship to helping people in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.

Disclaimer: Please don’t mistake this for the end-all-be-all of resources. Many times people need medical monitoring and more intensive treatment when working on recovery from their substance dependence or abuse.

Healthy Inspiration

For those who are coming out of intensive treatment and need to create new support, friends, healthy peers in their life, social media can be a goldmine. Back in 2015, The Dot had an article entitled Addicts on Instagram Find Social Media is the 13th step. A person can find these inspiring, healthy (yet many times very real and raw accounts) by looking up some of the hashtags, such as #soberliving #sobermovement #soberdating and #soberlife is a particularly popular one.

Treatment Support

The social connection is not the only potential benefit online. There’s also treatment support. SMART Recovery is a non-12-step alternative treatment model with options for free online meetings and local in-person meetings as well. While it is not as large as the 12-step models with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) being the largest, SMART Recovery is growing and with the option for online meetings, it can be more accessible for some people.

While it’s always healthy to keep our discerning eye out, which is why social media has received a lot of backlash and criticism, let’s consider that many things aren’t all bad or all good. Just like in face-to-face life, it is all in the boundaries and the company you keep. Are you choosing to follow social media that feeds you the messages you need? As we move more into 2017, consider a social media re-vamping and let go of those images and interactions that do not support your movement toward being your best self.

 

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8 Keys Series: Feel Your Feelings

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 4th key. In her writing, Keesha discusses the importance of “feeling your feelings” in eating disorder recovery.

Key 4 can be one of the most difficult for clients to work through. They are on board for challenging their unhealthy thoughts, but the “Feel Your Feelings” part can be harder to get buy in for. Often a client’s eating disorder has functioned to numb, prevent or distract from uncomfortable feelings. As the book states, “at some point, the behaviors that started out as a way to ‘fix’ or cope with anxiety, guilt or shame about eating transfers to other areas.” In this key, the therapist’s job is to help clients actually practice abstinence from behaviors in order to let the emotions rise to the top and into awareness. As long as the behaviors are active, there is little opportunity for the thoughts and feelings beneath those behaviors to reveal themselves. It can be easier for a client to hide behind the “I don’t know why” response, or the “It’s just a habit” reaction to the therapist’s questions about what purpose the eating disorder serves. I’m sure we’ve all heard answers like these from clients. It’s similar to what I get from my toddler:

“Why don’t you want to use the potty?”

“Because.”                        

“Because why.”

“Because I don’t want to.”

These are super satisfying conversations with a high level of insight (* read with intentional sarcastic tone) but most therapists will recognize this sort of interaction as a reflection of the ways in which the eating disorder stunts emotional awareness and curiosity. Without this curiosity about what lies beneath, clients stay stuck on the surface. Of course, encouraging a client to let the feelings come takes quite the persuasion. And insight is only part of the equation. There’s almost always a compelling reason they have kept these feelings at bay.

No matter what the compelling reason is, it is the avoidance of these emotions through eating disorder behaviors that perpetuates the disorder. So our clinical work has to involve a deliberate, gradual, supportive and persistent focus on helping clients experience and tolerate feelings while developing alternative coping skills. An important part of the work during this stage of treatment is teaching a client how to get his/her body back to “neutral.” Decreasing heightened sensations and moving away from numbness. Yoga, breath work, meditation and mindfulness training can be extremely beneficial in this stage. Bringing it back to the toddler example, I’ve learned a lot of parenting lessons by watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. He (being a 4 year old cartoon tiger) has lots of great lessons for kids that are accompanied by catchy little jingles. If only life actually came with a soundtrack for every moment. One of Daniel’s most helpful songs is about what to do with anger. “When you feel so mad that you want to roar, Take a deep breath, and count to 4.” I use this with my kids more than I want to admit. But honestly, stopping, taking a deep breath and learning to get the energy out of your body so that you can come back to neutral is a critical skill for anyone at any age. The lesson is not “don’t get mad.” It’s “learn how to cope with anger in a productive way.” When our clients are taught that certain feelings are bad or too uncomfortable to feel, they shut them out, shut down, shut up. And this is when we see eating disorder behaviors become their way for emotional expression or management. Treatment can be a safe place for them to really roll around in Key 4. And as clinicians we have to make sure we maintain a neutral stance about emotions. They are not good or bad. They just are. And they just are meant to be felt. With curiosity, not judgment. With compassion, not criticism. Whether it takes 4 deep breaths or many, many more, we teach clients that feelings are not forever.

 

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The Role of an Eating Disorder in Staying Stuck in Trauma

Shari Botwin, LCSW has been counseling survivors of trauma and eating disorders for over 20 years. She has been published and gone on air with several national media outlets. In this week’s post, Shari discusses the role of an eating disorder in staying stuck in trauma. 

I will never forget my first week working as a clinician in an eating disorder clinic in the mid 90’s. I was sitting in a meal support group and one of the patients spoke about how she was saving her life by confronting her sexual abuse during childhood. I remember thinking, “What does abuse have to do with anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder?” As the months and years continued more and more men and women were coming to my private practice with a long history of being stuck in an eating disorder.

Early in my career I got myself into therapy to explore the role of my eating disorder in staying stuck in my abusive childhood. For years I obsessed about my weight and at times ate to feel better.   I focused on my body parts, mostly the parts of me that represented being a woman and did whatever I could to try and make these parts disappear. As my recovery progressed I realized my eating disorder was protecting me from years of painful and horrific memories of my abuse. In my early adulthood I decided I want a full life and I was sick of “this stupid eating disorder.” I wanted to trust myself and others and I wanted to live life in a body I could sit in.

Something incredible happened around my 10th year in private practice. More and more patients were uncovering abuse, domestic violence, sudden family losses and tragic events like watching the planes crash through the world trade center during 9/11. As I digested and understood the role of my own eating disorder in staying stuck in my abuse I was able to help others realize the way their symptoms were not allowing them to move through their feelings of shame, fear and loss associated with the tragic events that led to a primary relationship with their eating disorder.

I can think of several examples even in the last year of being in practice where patients and I could make that connection. For example, I worked with one young woman who came to me at the age of 17. It took her 4 years to say goodbye to her anorexia. Within six months of being relatively symptom free she asked me, “Is it possible to be sexually assaulted by my own boyfriend?” From that point forward the floodgates opened. For months she reported incidents when she was hurt so deeply by her boyfriend. We began to understand that spending those 4 years prior obsessing and restricting food allowed her to keep the truth about her relationship secret from herself.

I remember working with another woman who came to me in her late twenties. She had been bingeing and purging for over 10 years. Very early into our relationship she shared with me about the tragic loss of her mom when she was 17 years old. Life went on as usual after her mom passed. In fact, many acted like nothing ever happened. She told me many family members on her mom’s side disconnected immediately after her mom died. So she suffered multiple losses at a time when she needed guidance and stability. Years into our work we began to understand that her bulimia filled the role of her missing mom and all the others who walked away. She was so afraid to connect with people that she unconsciously choose her bulimia as her best friend. We would talk about how “her eating disorder would never die or betray her.” Once we made that connection she was able to make a choice about having bulimia versus connecting to people.

Over the years it has become so clear to me that so many people stay stuck in their abuse or trauma as a way to not know. How do we accept things like, losing a mom at such a young age, or that my boyfriend who was supposed to love me also sexually assaulted me? How do we live with the loss of our childhood after abuse? How do we cope with the images of planes crashing into the world train center? There is not a simple answer to these profound questions. However what I bear witness to time and time again over the last 20 years is that if we allow ourselves to know what we feel and how our trauma affects us, we no longer need an eating disorder to cope with or not cope with the pain associated with these events.

 

Shari Botwin is conducting on-going podcasts for Mental Health News Radio. She is working on her second book, Conquering Trauma. To read her publications or listen to previous podcasts visit www.sharibotwin.com.

Below are two of Shari’s recent podcasts:

Sexual Assault Survivors: Voices of Experience and Healing 04/25 by Mental Health News | Psychology Podcasts can be found here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mentalhealthnews/2017/04/25/sexual-assault-survivors-voices-of-experience-and-healing

Shari’s newest podcast focuses on the role of an eating disorder in staying stuck in trauma and loss. She talks with the host and another clinician about their personal and professional experience of working through trauma and moving past the ED. Shari demonstrates how someone goes from surviving, recovering to thriving into a full life. 

Counselors Corner: The Link Between Eating Disorders and Trauma 05/25 by Mental Health News | Psychology Podcasts

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mentalhealthnews/2017/05/25/counselors-corner-the-link-between-eating-disorders-and-trauma

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Surviving Spring Break while in Eating Disorder Recovery

Angie Viets, LCP is an eating disorder specialist who has dedicated her career to helping her clients recover. In this week’s post, she discusses a common challenge for college-aged clients—spring break. Angie shares some tips on how to manage the stress of spring break while in eating disorder recovery.

Weeks leading up to spring break the refrain during therapy sessions with my college-aged client’s in recovery sounds like this, “Everyone, literally everyone around me is on a diet and losing weight to ‘prepare’ for spring break. And guess what I’m losing? My f’ing mind! How am I supposed to gain, or even maintain my weight in a world where it’s ok for everyone else to lose weight?”

The frustration is palpable and it’s real. Spring break while you are recovering from an eating disorder, is the equivalent to a recovering alcoholic walking down Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras. “It so sucks,” I say, “I get it; it’s messed up and unfair. I wish I could make it go away for you, but I can’t. So, let’s find a way to survive it.”

A few tried and true tips:

1. Personal responsibility
I learned in my own recovery that no one, I mean NO ONE can protect the sacred space of your recovery like you can. Of course, it’s hurtful when people you are close to continue to talk about their weight loss strategies even after they know you have an eating disorder. However, the reality is we are 100% responsible for our recovery. Period. Once that really sinks in it can be liberating (after you finish freaking out about it). Of course, you need tons of support along the way, but ultimately it’s up to you! And what I know about you, just like me, is that once our minds are made up, you better move out of the way.

2. Get in alignment
Purposefully staying in alignment with your recovery goals is huge, especially during high-stress situations! Here are a few suggestions to lighten the load. Meet with your treatment team a little more frequently until things settle down a bit. Listen to podcasts on recovery. Read daily affirmations that resonate with you. Follow blogs that are recovery oriented. Adopt a mantra to carry you through the next couple of weeks.

3. A visualization
Close your eyes and imagine being lovingly wrapped in a ball of golden light. This light gently warms your skin; it protects you. Your body, illuminated by the light, is a sacred space, a sanctuary where you are healing. The light creates a protective bubble around you that cannot be penetrated by the noise that once was so triggering. The noise never goes away; nor is it your responsibility to make it go away.

Honor the light by remembering that you have the ability to protect what you’ve worked so passionately for – Your Recovery.

4. Surround yourself with positivity
Choose the company you keep wisely. We don’t have the ability to change other people and what they focus on. We can, however, decide which relationships we invest our energy in. Consciously surround yourself with people who aren’t caught up in perfecting their body. (Believe it or not, they do exist; I promise). Love yourself enough to walk away from anything that makes you question your recovery. Your recovery tribe will believe in and encourage you. They will lift you up and nourish you. Be so grateful for them!

5. Be an observer
Notice that this flurry of activity around you is short lived. Sit back as though you’re a writer planning to tell the story of the “Spring Break Freak-out.” An observer story from a former client: “It’s starting again! All of my sorority sisters are ‘preparing’ for spring break by doing a Brazilian butt workout.” Years into her recovery she was able to see the absurdity of these trends and also recognized the sadness of feeling inadequate. She found it interesting to notice that as soon as spring break was over, so were those silly butt workouts.

When the volume is too loud around you and your brain feels cluttered with the competing agendas of recovery or commitment to your eating disorder, step outside. Notice that spring is here; which is truly a time of renewal. You are preparing for something a hell of a lot more important than spring break, you are preparing to Bloom!

Know that I’m thinking of you and am confident that you can ride the waves as they rise and fall. Be gentle with yourself. I’m so very proud of you!

 

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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.

Mindfulness: A Path to Self-Acceptance Psych Central

Pain and Eating Disorders Denver Health 

A 5-Minute Meditation to Help You Find Your Calm Now Health

Cave Person Brain (Part II) Project Heal

To Be of Substance: A Personal Recovery Call to Action NEDA

If You Only Have Two Minutes to Meditate, Do This Mind Body Green 

 

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Dual-Diagnosis Programming

In the field of eating disorder treatment, we understand that patients who seek care are typically presenting with ranging types and degrees of co-morbidities. Particularly delicate is the treatment of a patient who presents with both an Eating Disorder (ED) and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). To meet the individualized needs of our patients who fall in this population, Monte Nido and Affiliates has developed specific protocols for addressing dual-diagnoses. At Monte Nido Newport Beach, the implementation of these protocols allows for specialized treatment of our dual-diagnoses patients.

Current evidence and expert clinical consensus suggest that integrative treatment of SUD and ED is the best model since both diagnoses are linked by common underlying factors that influence the stress response. Despite the many commonalities in a person’s experience of the two conditions, EDs and SUDs are different illnesses with different courses and treatment needs. When working with eating disorders we want to “remove the ‘–ic’” to help a patient understand they are not “anorexic” or “bulimic”, rather they had anorexia or they had bulimia. This speaks to the classically cited difference between the two illnesses, which is that abstinence from substances is possible, while abstinence from eating is impossible. With this in mind, we hold our belief that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible, while respecting that individuals remain “in recovery” from their substance use disorder.

The goals we set in our Co-Occurring Programming are driven by the aforementioned commonalities and discrepancies between eating and substance use disorders. The overall goal of treatment is to reduce rigidity and control over eating while increasing control over substance use urges. The initial focus of treatment is to re-establish a normalized pattern of eating and substance use sobriety. Once this stabilization has been achieved, the treatment team is able to help a patient narrow in on the transdiagnostic etiology, factors that maintain the disorders and common treatment targets. At this stage of treatment the team can help a patient explore trauma history, for example, a common underlying contributor to the development of both disorders. The continuum of containment encourages patients to develop increasing levels of accountability, self-awareness and capacity for tolerating distress. Since both disorders are driven by stress avoidance, our treatment plan is substantiated in decreasing emotional and experiential avoidance by encouraging people to utilize grounding techniques and healthy coping mechanisms instead of their disorders.

We are well equipped to contain substance use issues and integrate SUD treatment into the treatment plan for an individual who has a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder. If detoxification of the substance is indicated pre-admission, the patient will be referred to a detox program and transferred to a Monte Nido and Affiliates program directly upon completion. At almost all Monte Nido and Oliver-Pyatt Centers programs we offer a sober living environment and support both 12 Step and SMART recovery work. At Clementine adolescent treatment programs, co-occurring treatment is provided in both individual and family therapy. At the Partial Hospitalization Programs, our expert nurses provide additional medical oversight and safety of our patients who enter with Substance Use Disorder.

Monte Nido Newport Beach provides a specialized program for our patients who present with dual-diagnoses. Clinical Director, Kelly Souza, MA, PsyD is specifically trained in the treatment of Substance Use Disorders and has experience working in a substance abuse facility. She is currently working on obtaining her CADC certification and runs a specialized breakout group for dual-diagnoses patients. Additionally, Program Psychiatrist, Dr. Vicki Berkus, MD, PhD, CEDS, specializes in SUD and ED and provides on-site medication management. The expertise of our staff, combined with care that is tailored to the needs of each patient, allows us to provide the most effective treatment for individuals with a need for specialized care.

Monte Nido and Affiliates’ dual-diagnosis programming was developed based on the latest research and best practices by chief clinical staff with the intent to continue to provide outstanding care to diverse populations with the primary diagnosis of an eating disorder. As we further develop this programming, we will expand the specialized level of treatment offered at Monte Nido Newport Beach to more of our programs. For inquiries about the specialized programming at Monte Nido Newport Beach, please reach out to Regional Outreach Manager, Andie Hollowell at ahollowell@montenidoaffiliates.com.

 

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Staying Power: How To Tolerate What Feels Intolerable

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. In recovery herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. Jennifer works with clients in person and via Skype. She also teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is a partner with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and leads trauma-sensitive yoga classes. In this week’s post, Jennifer discusses the idea of “staying power” in tolerating what feels intolerable.

While on my healing path from anorexia I’ve had to learn how to tolerate what often felt positively intolerable (my body, food, treatment, calorie increases, exercise restriction, gaining weight, drinking supplements, painful therapy sessions, and much more). I was taught to sit with uneasy feelings and physical discomfort and to wait for them to pass. The reality is that that space and time of “waiting” can be in itself intolerable and set off habitual negative thoughts and behaviors. Yes, learning to be present to discomfort is an important life skill, and that awareness is key, however, I believe that approach can sometimes feel passive and leave us feeling helpless in a difficult moment or situation.

Staying power is what I call super-charged presence. It’s actively and directly taking on intolerable feelings — those feelings that set off negative thoughts and coping behaviors. It’s about staring those painful thoughts down and not letting yourself off the hook with sabotaging and destructive behaviors — like hiding food, over exercising, being dishonest with support people, or checking out by starving, purging, and bingeing. The more we practice staying power and get comfortable with what feels intolerable, then the door to acceptance and the deeper work of healing can open. But first, we have to learn how to NOT escape the feeling.

The minute you have the awareness that you want to dodge, push away, or ignore a feeling or situation is the exact time to tap into your staying power. In yoga, we have a saying: the pose begins the moment you want to come out of it. The same with recovery: the real work begins when we choose to stay and push ourselves to withstand what feels awful. In my experience, practices like mantra, deep breathing, and yoga poses cultivate staying power by creating focused positivity. For others, prayer, art, music, cooking, and nature brings a peace and calm from which to harness clarity and strength.

To learn your power source, reflect on these questions:

  • When in your life do you feel empowered?
  • What activity are you doing?
  • What thoughts, feelings, and emotions do you sense when you feel empowered?
  • How do you hold your body in that moment?

The qualities and activities you identified are your power source. To “stay” with what feels intolerable, you need to plug into your personal power source. It will both protect you from self-sabotaging behaviors and empower you to call on your strengths and not be defeated by what you believe you can’t tolerate.

I get that it’s not easy to REMEMBER your strengths when you feel consumed by an intolerable feeling and you want it to go away ASAP. Most likely, you have habitual responses that will need rewiring. To help you remember your strengths, I encourage you to create an intention that aligns with your power source or carry a grounding stone to help pull yourself out of ED Head and into the moment. You might even ask yourself “WTF” (What’s the Feeling?) when the urge to check out comes on or try this simple yoga practice to interrupt habitual eating disorder rituals.

Here’s the thing: we need to get creative and test out little tricks to begin to make small shifts in our recovery. We can’t cultivate staying power if we don’t actively, directly, and deliberately pull ourselves out of ED Head and use our personal power to rise above the challenge of tolerating what feels intolerable.

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