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Recovery Tools & Ways to Cope

 

Below are two lists:
Coping Alternatives
and Grounding Methods

 

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.

  • Stop, Swap and Console!

     

  • Use the ideas below, and your own ideas, to make a COPING BANK!

     

  • Write in your Journal
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Watch a sunset
  • Color in a coloring book
  • Play your favorite instrument
  • Tell one person how you feel
  • Teach a child to play a game
  • Pop or stomp on bubble-wrap
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Paint a picture
  • Go to the pet store
  • Take a long hot bath
  • Go berry picking
  • Hug someone
  • Take a long drive
  • Pack up some clothes for charity
  • Go to a concert
  • Take a leisurely walk
  • Rent your favorite movie
  • Take a trip to the toy store
  • Go to a movie by yourself
  • Call an old friend
  • Fingerpaint, Doodle
  • Build with blocks. Build a tower and knock it down
  • Build with Legos
  • Spend time with your pet
  • Wash your car with a friend
  • Pick dandelions
  • Have a water-gun fight
  • Play Hopscotch
  • Have a snowball fight with someone
  • Paint a Room in your house
  • Read a book
  • Take a vacation
  • Take a nap
  • Count and roll loose change
  • Throw nerf balls, koosh balls or bean-bags at a wall (available at most toy stores)
  • Remind Yourself "It'll be Ok"
  • Take a deep breath, count to 10
  • Ask your therapist to make a tape with you that you can use during difficult times
  • Go to a favorite "safe" location (beach, park, woods, playground, etc.)
  • Think of advice you'd give someone else... and take it!
  • Say something good about yourself
  • Use Self Affirmation tapes and books... and make your own affirmations (use notebooks, index cards, tapes, post-it notes, journal)
  • Meditate, use Relaxation
  • Call a Hotline
  • Have a pillow fight or punch a pillow
  • Do gardening or housecleaning
  • Play your favorite game as a child
  • Spend time with a sibling
  • Hold and/or tell your favorite stuffed animal or doll your feelings
  • Find an ICQ, AOL or e-mail pal or join a chatroom for support
  • Stay in touch with others through contact - don't isolate yourself

Grounding Methods

Ideas for when you feel out of control, are having a flashback and/or need grounding...

 

http://www.something-fishy.org/reach/waystocope.php





Beyond the Mirror Counseling

1031 Robertson Street

Fort Collins, CO 80524

Phone: (970) 413-2264

Fax: (970) 493-9113

Email: beyondthemirrorcounseling@yahoo.com