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.Dawn is an illustrated workbook, journal and online support network for people in eating disorder recovery. By combining workbook exercises, expert therapeutic advice and the support of a safe online community I hope to address the gap in some current treatment plans while allowing a space for people to work through difficult emotions. In essence, this is the workbook I wish had existed in the depths of my illness. The book holds space for one year worth of healing but doesn't use specific dates so it can be reprinted and used for years to come. By breaking down the year into manageable monthly sections, ".Dawn" allows its audience to stay in the present and tackle challenges on a day to day basis without becoming overwhelmed.
Each month begins with a goal setting exercise, calling upon the audience to release something negative in their life and replace it with gentle and controlled exposure to the things they fear. This kind of exposure therapy is something I learned about in CBT treatment and helped me to break down the strength of the eating disorder over time. Each month I will also write about possible challenges and the positives that time of year gives, as well as set a challenge that can be shared online for support. Just under half of the pages are used as a daily journal, giving you space to write your thoughts down each day and release any emotions that come up during recovery.
The remaining pages are a mix of worksheet style exercises, therapeutic advice, motivational quotes and silly illustrative posters to keep patients' spirits up in tough times.