Name: Anna G
Ethnicity/Religion: White British, Christian
I currently work in M&S but am hoping to go back to University next year to complete my Psychology degree! I hope to one day become a clinical psychologist to give back and help other people like I have been helped! I’m a book worm, and love reading anything, but currently am reading lots of psychological texts and articles because I find it all so fascinating. I also love to play the piano (albeit not amazingly) and clarinet – they have really helped me throughout some of the harder times I’ve been through!
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
Through offering me support and advice when I didn’t feel I had anyone else to turn to.
Where are you in your recovery journey?
I’m currently weight restored following a blip earlier in the year and working on my thought processes to try and get rid of anorexia for good!
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
To be able to live independently and continue with my degree without having to compete with anorexia! And to stay weight restored for good now, not resorting back to unhealthy coping mechanisms when times get tough.
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
The most helpful thing that I’ve been told is that it’s alright to take things at my pace, and that blips are inevitable! The most unhelpful thing is something I have heard so many people say they’ve been told is ‘you don’t look like you have an eating disorder’ and ‘oh, I never would have guessed you were struggling’.
Share some of your recovery insight.
It’s alright to accept help and support – you need a strong network of help around you to support you through the journey. And my favourite analogy is that recovery is like climbing a mountain – it’s hard work and there will be times when you turn around and start the descent because it’s so much easier, but ultimately if you keep on persevering you’ll get to the top, and the views will be amazing!
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know? Any advice to give to fellow sufferers?
Your health always has to come first – if that means taking a break from work or education, then please please take it! You can always return at a later date, because you’ll get to where you need to be in the right time frame for you!