Stress is a natural response to the challenges of everyday life. Work-related pressure, personal relationships, financial issues, and other factors can cause it. However, if you or someone you love struggles with an eating disorder, stress can feel insurmountable, especially when pursuing recovery.

By: Alexandra Carter

So, in honor of Stress Awareness Month this month, here are some stress management tips & treatment support options to help you move through this stress and toward lasting recovery. 

Eating disorders are complex and severe mental illnesses affecting millions worldwide. They can significantly impact physical health, mental well-being, and financial stability. Seeking treatment for an eating disorder can be a challenging process, and coupled with the financial burden of this necessary support; you may feel overwhelmed. However, navigating and overcoming these barriers is vital to achieving lasting recovery and the fulfilling life you deserve. 

Seeking treatment for an eating disorder can be a stressful and emotional experience. You may experience anxiety, depression, and other co-occurring mental health concerns. There are many different techniques to help you move through these feelings. Experiment to find what works best for you, and seek support to guide you. Regularly practicing stress management techniques can help improve your ability to handle stress and lead a happier, healthier life.

Here are some ways to help manage your stress:

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is a simple and effective technique that can help reduce stress and anxiety. Take slow, deep breaths through your nose, and exhale slowly through your mouth. This breathing technique can help center your mind and grant you peace when feeling overwhelmed.


Meditation involves focusing on a particular object, thought, or activity to help clear your mind and reduce stress. Regular meditation practice can improve overall mental well-being and help you tune into and focus on your needs more clearly.

Positive Self-Talk

Positive self-talk can help reduce negative thoughts and increase self-confidence. Practice positive self-talk by focusing on your strengths and accomplishments. Although challenging, try speaking to yourself as you talk to a loved one or friend. Support yourself the same way you would support others.

Social Support

A support system can help reduce stress and provide emotional support during difficult times. Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or a mental health professional for support. You do not have to navigate your struggles alone. 

With these techniques and a robust support system, it can be easier to navigate the recovery process. However, there is still the financial stress of pursuing recovery. The cost of treatment for eating disorders can be high, and insurance coverage may not always be available, creating significant barriers to necessary treatment for individuals and their families. But cost should never stand in the way of freedom, peace, and life on the other side of recovery. 

At BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™, we understand how stressful pursuing treatment can be and the financial concerns that make it feel impossible. But lasting recovery is possible, and we strive to bring you financial options that make accessing the care you and your loved ones need possible and doable.

Some ways BALANCE can help you manage financial stress are:

BALANCE works closely with your insurance to help you access greater insurance reimbursement through out-of-network benefits. 

BALANCE is an OMH-licenced treatment center and recently garnered a Join Commission Accreditation as a Center of Excellence in the field of eating disorder treatment. Our services meet the gold standard of care, as our team guides you in the recovery process and with your insurance. Receive personalized, expert support every step of the way with BALANCE as we usher you on a seamless road to lasting recovery.

BALANCE now offers CareCredit payment options.

You deserve to focus on recovery without being preoccupied with expenses. At BALANCE, we strive to help alleviate financial burdens and make eating disorder treatment accessible. Among other payment and financing options, BALANCE is now offering CareCredit. This healthcare credit card allows you to pay for health and wellness treatment over an extended period. Pay for treatment in a way that conveniently fits into your budget! Qualified candidates can pay for treatment over 6, 9, 12, and 18 months

The decision to seek treatment for an eating disorder can be daunting. But you don’t have to face it alone. At BALANCE, we dedicate ourselves to supporting you and your loved ones through the healing process. So whether you are grappling with emotional, financial stress, or both, you can move forward. With personalized, expert guidance, we’ll be with you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth path toward lasting recovery.

At BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™, our highly skilled clinicians are ready to guide you with compassion and care. Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information about how we can help you. Schedule a complimentary consultation call with our dedicated admissions team today here, get more information on our insurance options here, and learn more about our financing options here. Your path to a more balanced life starts now.

This post was written by Intuitive Eating | HAES Content Creator, Alexandra Carter (she/her).

Alexandra Carter is a professional actor, turned certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Health and Wellbeing Coach, turned Content Creator. After moving to NYC for her undergraduate degree in Musical Theater, Alexandra spent 10 years working all over the world as an actor/singer/dancer. Through her own healing journey, Alexandra found her way to the anti-diet space and went on to gain coaching and counseling certifications, in addition to starting her own coaching business. It was there she fell in love with content creation as a way of sharing ideas, genuinely connecting with people, and affecting powerful change. Alexandra is thrilled to be on the team at BALANCE, combining all her skills and passions to foster authentic healing.

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