Last reviewed on 31 March 2021
If you have an eating disorder, the coronavirus pandemic might be causing additional stress. You're not alone – the charity Beat has seen a significant increase in demand for its services over the last year and continues to provide invaluable support.
Changes in your daily routine due to social distancing and self-isolation might make you feel anxious and not in control. The media focus on food and supplies and discussions about which groups of people are especially vulnerable to infection and who might be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine might also be affecting you.
Your eating might be the one thing you feel you can control, so you may find your eating disorder is more challenging than ever. You’re not alone in feeling this way so the Good Thinking team has created this article to help you manage your eating disorder at this difficult time. If you’re a parent or carer who is supporting someone who has an eating disorder, we’ve published some additional advice.
For more detailed guidance about managing your eating disorder during the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the Beat website. Good Thinking has spoken to Beat about how it is supporting people at this challenging time – listen to the podcast.
Read our articles about reducing stress and getting enough sleep. You might also find our podcasts with Beat (eating disorders), Michael Farquhar (healthy sleep patterns), Janet Wingrove (mindfulness) and Annie Mullins OBE (online communities) and our video mini-series with the Speakers Collective useful.
If you're a young person and you receive counselling or other professional support, read our advice.
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