Relapse Symptom: Drinking cups of tea, one after another, after another, after another. I wake up. I pop the kettle on. I drink my morning cuppa, then again, I’ll pop the kettle on. I’ve had 8 cups of tea so far today, maybe I’ll pop the kettle on again, and again, and then again whilst sparking up a cigarette. This is how my days go when I am unwell or relapsing. When I am eating well I don’t feel the need for the sugary caffeinated nicotine infused rush I get from this mix every 30 minutes. When I eat well, I will drink up to 4 cups of tea a day, and smoke about 2 cigarettes. How I Stay Well: Especially if I start replacing meals with tea and cigarettes I now know that I need to talk to someone about how I’m feeling to figure out how to better manage whatever may be bothering me because these are sure-fire signs that something is wrong. I often have to make myself a meal plan that I know I can manage, and that is easy to pursue in addition to forcing myself to go to the shops and buy food. Sometimes when I am in this place it is difficult to know whether it is depression or an eating disorder relapse, but for both I follow the same plan of forcing myself to buy easy cook meals, and make a vague meal plan. Sometimes this can mean eating junk food, but it I am eating junk food at least I am eating. In these periods of time, it is not the health benefits and nutrition I am getting from my food that is my main concern, but rather that I keep eating at all. I know I am better when I am drinking a more normal intake of tea again, in addition to smoking far less and not feeling the urgent need for either. —– Other Signs and Symptoms: Introduction to Anorexia – Relapse and Prevention and Counting Calories.