Have you ever had a dream that you are anorexic, or a friend or a family member has anorexia?
Are you wondering what the dream meant?
As blunt as it may sound, the dream signified that you or half of the people you had the dream about have a true-life eating disorder (Anorexia).
The dream may also represent your quest for perfection, your need for emotional and spiritual contentment in your real life.
If the dream was about your friend or family member, it may signify their cry for more love and affection.
Anorexia nervosa, or just anorexia, is a lifestyle disease that is caused by an extreme fear of adding weight. It is a psychological disorder that mostly affects females between the ages of 15-24 years. Anorexia begins as a dieting and weight loss plan, and over time, the practice is mastered and controlled.
It drives people to starve themselves and become obsessed with losing weight even when one is already thin. One becomes an addict to eating less or not eating at all, resulting in severe starvation or even death.
There are few positive and more negative things that people with anorexia may dream about. They may dream of looking young and better with false visualization of a large tummy. They may dream they are watched, attacked, controlled, and judged. At the end of the dream, emotions such as anger and self-hate may be felt. A sense of not being able to succeed is also related to such dreams.
People with dreams of anorexia suffer from self-deprivation. They normally have feelings of guilt and unworthiness. They struggle to accept themselves. Anorexic people see themselves as fat and unattractive. They lose their self-esteem and, as a result, turn to eat less, which, in their perspective, is a way to make them look and feel good.
Understanding the dream is important, and so is accepting you have a problem. Admitting is hard, more so if you still believe weight loss is the only way to a happier, confident, and successful life.
The good news is, it is possible to recover from anorexia by learning how to cope with the disorder. It would help if you rediscovered who you are beyond how you look, your eating habits and your weight loss plans. It is true, recovery is within your stretch. All you need is to learn to love yourself and listen to your emotions.
Here are 3 proven ways to help you cope up and recover from anorexia
• Reach out for help from a close family member, friend, counselor, therapist, or teacher that you trust. Asking for help may feel embarrassing and intimidating, especially when it concerns eating disorder. But, you have already made the tough decision to recover from anorexia, so move on with the plan and get the help you need!
• After choosing someone to confide in, choose a suitable time and place to meet, ideally somewhere private. Be the one to start the conversation by educating your confider on the eating disorder. Explain thoroughly how the disorder started, the struggles, and the impacts it has on you. Then give them enough time to take in what you have said and respond. Remember, this may be shocking and a lot for them to take in. So, be patient with them.
• The last part is the most crucial part of this whole process, and it is asking for help from your confider. Be as clear as possible on how the person can best support you through your journey of recovery. You can ask him/her to support you emotionally through encouragement. Ask him/her to check up on your progress every now and then and, if possible, let them do it everyday. You can even be taking part of your meals with your confider.
An advantage of having someone to talk to, is that you will have someone to help you unload your chest. You will have a place to air out your emotions without being judged. Get yourself a confider!
Develop a healthier way to feed yourself as much as food is not the problem. Start by scraping off all the strict rules that forbid you to eat certain things. Next, cancel dieting from your list. Dieting will not help you in this journey. Instead, listen to your body and let it direct you when you are hungry and when you are full.
Sticking to a regular meal schedule is also something you should practice. Avoid fasting or staying for long hours without eating. Instead, try to take meals and snacks every 3 hours and do not skip.
Accepting and loving yourself is the most crucial part of this whole process of recovery. Learn to appreciate yourself, recognize your abilities, qualities, and accomplishment. Look beyond how your body likes and see yourself for who you are. Always remind yourself that your family members and friends love you for who you are and not what the scale reads.
To help you through this, make a list of all the positive attributes you possess. Avoid body checking, and the fat talk as these will weigh you down by giving you feelings of dissatisfaction. Also, challenge your negative thoughts by convincing yourself there is no evidence to support any of those pessimistic ideas.
Anorexia dreams represent feelings of denial, guilt, and unworthiness. Understanding the dream can help tackle problems in real life. You can recover from anorexia. Just admit you have a problem and undertake appropriate the help as described above.
Do you have a friend or family member who may be suffering from anorexia? If yes, how have you been supporting him/her? Let’s discuss this in the comment section.