By Megan Samuels, MSW, LMSW, Outreach Coordinator
The relationship that a person has with movement and physical activity is important! Doctors, friends, and family may constantly be telling us about the benefits of movement. And yes, there are benefits to movement. Moving your body can release serotonin, the “happy hormone” in your brain. This can help people who may be feeling anxious or depressed. Movement can also help us connect with other people (or pets too)! It can be a good way to decompress after a long day at school or work.
There is a side of movement though that may not be considered healthy. Imagine someone who is at the gym for multiple hours a day, fixated on the way that their body looks. Or the person who can’t take a day off from their swimming routine during their family vacation. This rigidity in thinking is expressed in the way that we are controlling the movement of our bodies. Oftentimes, this can lead to someone getting stuck in an endless cycle of anxiety, compulsive movement, and body image distress.
And it can be so so tough to get out of that cycle!
If you are reading this blog post, you may be questioning your relationship with movement. You may also be concerned about a friend’s relationship with movement. Either way, we are glad that you are here exploring this topic with us, it’s an important one!
Here are some questions to think about as you explore your relationship with movement:
The Bottom Line: Just as humans are complex individuals, so is our relationship to movement. There may be no cut and dry answer as to if your relationship to movement is healthy, and it may be an ongoing assessment of seeing how you are feeling while you move your body for awhile.
No matter where you think your relationship to movement falls, you are deserving of a fulfilling and nurturing relationship to movement; whatever that looks like to you.
The Eating Disorder Center is a premier outpatient eating disorder therapy center founded by Jennifer Rollin. We specialize in helping teens and adults struggling with anorexia, binge eating disorder, bulimia, OSFED, and body image issues. We provide eating disorder therapy in Rockville, MD, easily accessible to individuals in Potomac, North Potomac, Bethesda, Olney, Silver Spring, Germantown, and Washington D.C. We also provide eating disorder therapy in Arlington, Virginia and virtually throughout Virginia. Additionally, we offer eating disorder therapy virtually in New York (NYC), Florida, and California, serving those in cities including Palo Alto, San Francisco, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, San Jose, and Beverly Hills. We provide eating disorder recovery coaching via Zoom to people worldwide. Connect with us through our website at www.theeatingdisordercenter.com
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The Eating Disorder Center
We are a premier outpatient eating disorder therapy center in Rockville, Maryland.