Hello there! We’re so glad you’re here for Week Two!
Last week, you reflected on what you would like to get out of this club; maybe you want to use journaling to develop more consistency in your life or form a more compassionate relationship with yourself. Whatever your goal(s) may be, there is likely some obstacle keeping you from reaching them, such as an eating disorder or detrimental self-talk. Before you begin journaling today, take some time to think about what’s holding you back because this week, you’ll be “breaking up” with your ED or body image/food troubles through a goodbye letter. This letter is a way to honor yourself by releasing any thoughts, actions, or behaviors that are not serving you so you can move forward. You might be thinking that this sounds like a lot of work and somewhat daunting; this is valid! Writing this letter is challenging and YOU CAN DO CHALLENGING THINGS. To give you some guidance, here are some tips:
Prompt #2: Write a goodbye letter to your eating disorder or to your unhelpful beliefs about food/your body.
*Before you begin, make sure you’re in a space where you won’t be rushed or suddenly interrupted
Let yourself feel: There might be emotions that come up. Allow yourself to feel ALL of them because this is a necessary step in moving forward. In a sense, it’s a funeral for parts of yourself or actions that you no longer want to pour energy into. Transfer these feelings into your writing. For instance, if you’re mad about what your ED has taken away from you, write about that frustration.
Be honest: Where do you find yourself right now, and where do you want to go/what do you want? What have your ED/beliefs taken away from you?
Be patient: There’s no pressure regarding the length or content of your letter. This letter is to help YOU, so tell your story and let out what feels necessary.
Do not edit: Polishing takes away the purpose of writing what comes to mind. It doesn’t need to be perfect because it’s meant for your eyes (BUT, feel free to share it if you want).
Please be sure to utilize your treatment or support team should you need to further process any thoughts or feelings that come up from journaling.