Article submitted by R.S.
When my friend texted me upset after trying on clothes, my first reaction was to giggle. Obvious I felt sad she was going through a rough time, no that is NOT why I laughed! Basically, I had that urge to just laugh because who among us has not been brought to tears in a dressing room.
There’s some nice ones, granted, but most are pretty darn bad, and the ones that are bad, tend to be really really bad.
Why? Um, hello–crappy lighting, tilted mirrors that make you look wider and distorted, everything on display, you’re trying on a bunch of different sizes (in a world with vanity sizing, no less). You would think retailers would have figured this out by now and have nice dressing ones, but even the big names don’t always nail it. And if it sucks at some high-end boutique or department store, it only gets worse when you are in some cheap, trashy store like Forever 21 (don’t get me wrong–I love it, but face it, that dress will last you about half a wear)–everything ends up being cramped and hot and sweaty. GROSS.
A suggestion I’ve heard is simply avoid them at all costs. With online shopping and places that have and easy return policy, sure, this might be a great idea. But that isn’t always the most affordable, feasible, or sometimes even possible option. Soooo, when you absolutely most face the dreaded dressing room, here’s some tips:
Article submitted by R.S.
My eating disorder used to thrive on my phone. I had an eating disorder “folder” filled with apps that let me obsessively track calories, look at triggering stuff on Tumblr, etc. It wasn’t healthy at ALL.
And I read an article placing a lot of blame on technology because of this, yet, despite my experience, I’m going to have to actually disagree. Why?
Because now I have a “recovery” folder, and I really think it has the potential to be just as helpful as the old folder was triggering. And because of this, I really think that it depends on the emotional state of the person. Yeah, technology can exacerbate the issue, but that isn’t going to happen if a person simply just doesn’t have an eating disorder! And technology can be incredibly helpful as well.
The app that pushed me to write this article is called “Recovery Record.” I could go on and on about how amazing this app is, but that would probably be really boring, so I won’t. I honestly don’t think it could be triggering to any person in any way, and it is just so supportive and encouraging.
Some things I LOVE about it (soooo not a complete list):
Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD specializes in the nutritional rehabilitation of eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults.