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5 Ways to Make Your Campus a Safe Space for Recovery: Tip 3

By Kimberly Neil--

3) Never underestimate the power of friends.

While recovering from an ED, you might feel like you’re in the process of learning how to be a good friend all over again. The default response to feeling overwhelmed is almost always to isolate. The more closed off you are, however, the more risk there is of disordered behaviors coming back. Don’t worry! If you’re naturally an introvert, I’m not saying you have to go out and become the most outgoing person in your class.

Our idea of friendship is ever-changing, especially because of social media. This is especially true in college. Sometimes just being around people is enough to help you snap out of a bad mood – but being on campus surrounded by people can also feel even more isolating. It’s a balancing act.

Most of us are lucky if we have one or two people who we can count on for support when things are tough. This is especially true during recovery. Try to think of the people you feel closest to on your campus. Pay attention to the people who have done genuinely nice things for you in the past, because chances are, they really care about you. These are the people you can go to when you need support most.

If your friends do not know about your eating disorder, then you don’t have to tell them unless you feel safe. Find your comfort zone with each person that you’re close to. Is there one person you can always Netflix and chill (and I mean literally chill, kids) with? Do you have a friend who trusts you enough to tell you about their life? Can you give that person advice? Is there someone you feel safe enough to vent about innocent things with? 

All of these can be healthy distractions, so don’t feel guilty for taking advantage of that. After all, that’s what friends are for. The more often you focus on the people you care about, the more likely it is for you to remember exactly why you’re committed to recovery. You are valuable. In the same way you care for others, there are people who care about you.

Besides, college might be the last time in your life where the majority of the people you love live within walking distance and share similar schedules. So make the most of it – go to that party or build a blanket fort and watch movies together!

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