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Below are some coping and grounding methods/alternatives....please add your own too! What do you do to help your recovery...esp when you're having a hard time??!
Coping Alternatives Here are some more positive methods of dealing with your emotions and stress, rather than turning to such Eating Disordered behaviors like starving, binging and purging, or overeating.
Fight the voices - change the negatives to positives
Play an instrument
Gently wash your face, hands or hair
Do gardening, shovel snow or mow the lawn
Color in a coloring book
Rock in a rocking chair
Touch a familiar object that you carry with you (keys, a necklace) or listen to your watch ticking
Hold and pet your cat or dog
Make a list of things to do or shopping list
Write down who and where you are
Pray, talk yourself down or yell
Say what you feel outloud, even if you have to yell or cry!
Change your environment... walk out of the room, touch something different, change the sounds around you (put on music, turn on the tv, etc.), eat something different and "safe", smell something different (perfume, flowers, food, grass, etc.)
Visualize a stop sign
Dance to music
Say outloud "I am here right now"... assure yourself that this is a normal process for you
Do self-affirmation... read books, listen to tapes and write down good things about yourself
Identify your triggers (things that make you feel badly or have bad memories or flashbacks)
**Throw nerf balls, koosh balls or bean-bags at a wall
I can have a bad temper, and I have been trying to think of a healthy/safe way to get my anger out. Other than a punching bag, I haven't thought of anything!! Idk why I haven't thought of this before... I'm def going to get some soft balls/bean bags/something!