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RecoverySpace.org focuses on promoting recovery from eating disorders. It provides information on various eating disorders, as well as treatment options and recovery tools & tips. Our services will soon include individualised referral and treatment plans (including an option for check-ins and follow-ups), and online consultations to help you get started on your recovery process.


The current Coronavirus epidemic is undoubtedly stressful for people around the world. As such, we will be providing online support as usual.

Are you finding that Covid-19 is affecting your eating disorder?

Feeling worried or overwhelmed about COVID-19? Try a grounding exercise to help you feel more connected and in the present moment. The instructions are below.

Grounding exercise instructions

Take a few minutes to sit and follow these steps.

5 things you can see – Name 5 things that you can see around you e.g. I can see my laptop, a plant outside the window, a pencil, a shoe and my phone.

4 things you can touch – Name and describe 4 things that you can touch. I can feel the warmth of my socks against my feet; the smooth, hard roughness of a wall; the sharp coldness of a key; or feel the warmth of the sun on my skin.

3 things you can hear – Name 3 things that you can hear, close by and in the distance. I can hear the ticking of a clock; a bird tweeting; or people talking outside.

2 things you can smell – Name 2 things that you can smell. You may need to move around to find something to sniff e.g. a plant. Even ordinary things like a tissue box of a glass of water have a smell. If that’s not possible, just think of two of your favourite smells and imagine sniffing them.

Breathe in and out slowly: This should allow you to feel in the present and more grounded. Notice how your breath gets deeper and calmer.


RecoverySpace was first established in 2004 to help promote recovery from eating disorders, with a focus on South African treatment options. In 2020, RecoverySpace will be adding services and referrals, to help you get the most out of your recovery journey.

RecoverySpace has been created with a psychologist’s input, as well as the input of those who are in recovery from an eating disorder, and those who have fully recovered.


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