Printable Journal Prompts for Eating Disorder Recovery [PDF]
Describe how your relationship with food has evolved over the years. What events or experiences have shaped this evolution?
Write a letter to your body, expressing all the feelings you’ve been keeping inside.
Reflect on the first time you noticed disordered eating patterns. What were your thoughts and feelings at that moment?
If your eating disorder could speak, what would it say? What would you want to say back?
Imagine a day without any thoughts or worries about food or your body. What would that day look like?
How has your eating disorder affected your relationships with others? Write about an instance where it interfered with a relationship.
Describe three things you miss doing or enjoying because of your eating disorder.
Reflect on a moment when you felt trapped by your eating disorder. How did you cope?
Write a story about a time when your eating disorder tried to convince you of a lie.
Explore the feelings of guilt or shame that come with your eating disorder. How can you challenge these feelings?
Imagine you are advising a friend who confides in you about their struggle with an eating disorder. What would you tell them?
Describe the role media has played in shaping your understanding of body image and eating disorders.
Reflect on the most challenging aspect of your recovery journey. How have you overcome (or plan to overcome) this challenge?
What does self-love mean to you in your recovery journey?
Write about a time when you felt strong and in control in your recovery.
Explore your fears about letting go of your eating disorder. What might recovery look like for you?
How does your eating disorder affect your daily routines and habits? Describe a typical day.
Reflect on the coping mechanisms you’ve developed to deal with your eating disorder. Are they healthy or harmful?
Write a letter to your future self, who has overcome the eating disorder. What would you want to say?
Describe the emotions you feel when you think about food. How can you shift these emotions to a healthier perspective?
Explore the physical effects of your eating disorder. How has it affected your health and well-being?
Write about a time when you had to confront your eating disorder. What was the outcome?
Reflect on how society’s standards of beauty have influenced your perception of yourself.
Imagine your life after recovery from your eating disorder. What dreams and goals would you pursue?
Describe the support system you have (or wish you had) during your journey with an eating disorder.
Reflect on a moment of victory in your recovery journey. How did it make you feel?
What are the misconceptions people have about eating disorders? Write about a time when you had to address one.
Explore the reasons why you’ve held onto your eating disorder. What needs is it fulfilling?
Write a dialogue between you and your eating disorder. What would you discuss?
How has your eating disorder shaped your understanding of control and power?
Reflect on a time when you felt misunderstood because of your eating disorder.
What positive habits or coping strategies would you like to adopt in your recovery journey?
Describe a situation where your eating disorder made you feel isolated. How did you handle it?
Reflect on the impact of your eating disorder on your mental health.
Write a letter to someone who has been instrumental in your recovery journey so far.
Explore the concept of self-acceptance in the context of your eating disorder.
Reflect on how your eating disorder has changed your perspective on life.
Describe the thoughts that race through your mind during a meal. How can you work towards changing them?
What steps can you take to improve your relationship with food?
Reflect on a moment when you felt overwhelmed by your eating disorder. How did you get through it?
Write about a time when your eating disorder felt like a safety blanket. What was happening in your life at that time?
How do you envision your relationship with food in the future?
Reflect on a time when your eating disorder made you behave differently than you normally would.
Explore your triggers related to your eating disorder. How can you manage them better?
Write about a moment when you felt in control of your eating disorder.
Reflect on the role of therapy in your recovery journey.
What are the lessons you’ve learned from your experience with an eating disorder?
Describe how your eating disorder has impacted your career or schooling.
Reflect on a moment when you wished people understood the reality of living with an eating disorder.
Write a goodbye letter to your eating disorder, describing how you plan to move forward without it.
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