During these times, we are all facing unprecedented levels of uncertainty, stress, grief and cabin fever. Where can you turn? Here are some resources online that may offer you additional support to get you through the coming weeks.
Here’s a list of resources folks have shared with me and I’d like to pass along to you.
Disclaimer: this is by no means an exhaustive list. There are lots of other wonderful resources coming available via video or phone. Please feel free to share your favorites to add! Also, these have not been thoroughly vetted, so please use your own wisdom and discernment in deciding which ones are best for you.
- Be gentle with yourself. One of the most common themes I’ve noticed with my clients in the past month is that it feels like we have so few options and it’s easy to get down on ourselves. Self-compassion is incredibly important. Ruth Williamson is a life coach dedicated to supporting folks in their journey to build more self-compassion.Ruth draws on the Mindfulness and Self-Compassion curricula of Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer, and she is now offering a free call open to anyone!
When: Wednesdays 12 noon via Zoom
To get signed up: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Challenge yourself in the kitchen.
Since we have so much time at home right now, it’s helpful to have new meal ideas and tips to help us make new recipes and make it easy. Here’s a resource for:
12 Chef-Taught Online Classes
Image by Rocky Luten. Courtesy of Food 52
- Connect to Virtual Support Groups For those struggling with food or battling disordered eating it’s a great time to reach out for more opportunities for support. Even if it’s “just” online, it can make a HUGE difference! Don’t be shy, please get connected.
The Lotus Collaborative hosts a free online recovery support group.
When: Sundays 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm. Check out their site to find out more. The Lotus Collaborative.
Center for Discovery hosts two groups:
When: Thursdays and 4th Mondays of every month. You can find more info here
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) compiled a list here.
When: every last Wednesday of the month at 5pm pst.
- Access Meal Support:
For those of you battling an eating disorder or in recovery and feeling the overwhelm, you may be interested in getting virtual meal support. Here are two Instagram handles that can connect you to live meal support from Health at Every Size (HAES) aligned providers and helpers. Instagram: @covid19eatingsupport, @eatcakepod
- Reach out for more support when it’s needed:
Just as your Ruby team (Lynae, Natalie, Makena and Kristen) are all offering virtual sessions right now, so are others. This might mean a group, a support group or even going to a higher level of care from the comfort of your home. If you’re doing weekly sessions but you’re feeling stuck, it might be time to seek out more support.
Many eating disorder treatment centers are virtual right now and offer support while practicing social distancing.
Stay healthy and safe!