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Watching a loved one struggle in any way is difficult. We want to take away their pain and discomfort. If you have a loved one experiencing an eating disorder, it can feel scary and overwhelming. You cannot solve their struggles for them. You also may not fully understand what they are experiencing. If you have a loved one with an eating disorder, here are a few tips to keep in mind.


Be Willing to Listen


Being willing to listen is a fantastic way you can support your loved one who is struggling. Let them do the sharing. Try to only give advice if it is asked for directly. Let them be the sharer, and you be the listener. If they are in therapy, it may be an exhausting or stressful time for them. Do not push them to talk or ask how therapy is going or what they talk about with their therapist. 


Be Available for Support


Lending support is crucial and looks different for everyone. Maybe your loved one needs you to be available to participate in calming activities such as meditation or yoga. They may want to work on a new eating routine or try eating mindfully with your support. Depending on their personality, many people are more comfortable making changes when they can do so along with someone they feel comfortable with. 


Educate Yourself


Educating yourself is a great way to show support. If you have never experienced an eating disorder, you will not know what it is like. Learning about eating disorders will help you to show support lovingly. If you worry you may say the wrong thing or offer support that is harmful, then take the time to learn about the treatment your loved one is receiving and what you can do to enhance their learning and growth. 


 If you have a loved one struggling with an eating disorder, it can feel scary and overwhelming. You may want to jump in and solve their problems for them. However, you cannot solve their problems for them. You can only be available for support and listening, and you can be ready to jump in and help in any way they need. Here at The Guest House, we understand that mental health struggles can affect every member of the family. We are here to support and help through every step of the process towards recovery and happiness. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more.