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Getting through Easter with an Eating Disorder

By the Options Wellbeing Team


The Easter period can be a particularly difficult time for people suffering with eating disorders or disordered eating.

Many people struggle with eating in bigger groups with family or friends or find it hard to cope with the advertisements everywhere and the encouragement to overindulge on chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and lavish roast dinners.

We have put together some top tips on how you can cope with the Easter period if you suffer with an eating disorder or disordered eating, or have done in the past and want to avoid being triggered.

Plan Ahead

If there is to be a big family get together, find out meal timings and form a plan – know where you can go if you’re faced with a challenging situation and if there’s anyone you can speak to.

Avoid your triggers

If the endless food adverts on TV or just being in the same room as someone cooking triggers you, then be sure to avoid these if you can. Focus on self-care and your mental wellbeing and take some time away from the celebrations if needed.

Don’t celebrate

If you’re not at a point in your journey or recovery where you can feel you can celebrate the Easter festivities with friends or family, then remove yourself from the situation. Talk to those around you and help them to understand why you won’t be joining in.

Getting help

We’re running an eight-week course at our hub in Southampton to help anyone with an eating disorder or disordered eating and anyone who is currently caring for them.

It is non-threatening, educational, and encourages a self-help approach that really works. It is run in the community by people who have had lived experience and care about those who struggle with eating disorders. The course uses interactive and motivational methods to explain how people can make changes in small steps towards health and wholeness.

The sessions cover: living to eat or eating to live, self-image, emotions and mind matters. They also include resources and self-awareness exercises to do at home.

They are also open to people who care for or about someone with an eating disorder or disordered eating.

There’s a suggested donation of £40 to tastelife for the course to cover their overheads. However, if money is an issue, please speak to us as we don’t want to stop anyone from attending.

Book in now

Sessions run weekly from April 26 from 6.45pm to 8.45pm at our Southampton hub on Shirley Road. Advance booking is essential and can be made by emailing us via

We will have further course dates in the coming months too, so if you’re unable to attend the above, then please look out for these and pre-register to attend.


If you or someone else is in immediate danger, please contact 999 or the Samaritans on 116 123.