Topic Tuesday: Change

“Adjusting to Change” (By: Amanda Moulchin)

We have all had to gAMoulchin Pictureo through something that has made us feel uncomfortable or have been forced to try something new in order to gain experience. Experience is something that you get when things didn’t go the way you wanted them to go.  Change can also be conquering your fears, chasing your dreams, reaching new goals, or something out of the ordinary. One of the best feelings in the world is probably achieving a goal that I have set for myself. I also have so many dreams that I wish to accomplish and I am slowly, but surely, getting closer!

Having an eating disorder sort of formed into my daily routine and what my life revolved around; when it came time to go into recovery, I was not ready for change at all and I would try to avoid anything that would be helpful to me as much as possible. Everything that I was to do to get better was different than what I was used to and honestly, it took me a couple of years to break out of the routine I was used to and become more versatile to change.

The struggles that I went through for years and the nights when my mom would check on me in the middle of the night were all experiences that I did not want. Looking back those experiences, including many more, from my eating disorder have made me who I am today. I have become so open about my eating disorder so that others may become more aware and those who seek help aren’t afraid to ask.

As I look back to the lowest point of my eating disorder, I remember that I would always remind myself that tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to try.

I couldn’t have gone through so many drastic changes without the help of my family and friends. The amount of encouragement and support that I had and have is such a great amount!

Encouragement, support, and love are one of the best things you can give someone who is going through any type of change. And if you are ever feeling down or at a low point, just remember that what you are going through will pass, and with that passing you will have gained experience.

About the Author

Amanda Moulchin is a graduate student at Valparaiso University for School Psychology. Amanda struggled with anorexia nervosa for 10 years, she is now very open about her eating disorder and is always looking to spread awareness to others.  Amanda is Kappa Kappa Gamma alum. Amanda has recently adopted a havanese/schnauzer pup to join her in Valparaiso!