When some people are stressed, upset and worried they stop eating I eat and eat.
I made a "distraction plan" that includes things such as journaling/blogging, reading, praying/scripture study, any form of art, exercise, having healthy snacks on hand when you just wanna munch and munch (veggies or plain popcorn are good), volunteer, meditation/hypnosis apps on the phone, pinterest, take a nap, do something for someone else, fantasize about a dream career or that you're a super hero, socialize in person or via phone call (not thru FB or texting), clean a room and redecorate it, job hunt, wash your car, go to the salon or spa, go to a support meeting, count your breaths, get in the sun, 7Cups.com (online therapy for free), visit a friend, organize a party, rock wall climb at a gym or do something exciting, go hiking, go to a playground and join a game or watch/sporting event, go for a drive/ride public transportation, read comics, listen to the radio, go to a comedy club, play solitaire, play a game with a friend (try pogo.com - i Like Monopoly!), go to an online chat (7cups.com), visit your favorite websites, do a puzzle with a lot of pieces, call a crisis hotline, go to the library/bookstore and read, visit a museum, go to a park or mall and imagine what other people are thinking, write a letter to God, call a family member you haven't spoken to in a long time, learn a new language, sing/learn how to sing, take a class (art, pottery, crochet, sewing, etc), take photographs, join a club, plant a garden, make a scrapbook, paint your nails, take a bubble bath, write a poem/story/play, write things you like about yourself on a picture of your body, write a loving letter to yourself when your feeling good and read it when your down, make a list of ten things your good at when your feeling good and read it when you feel bad, make a list of people you admire and want to be like and why, make a list of ten celebrities you'd want to be friends with and why, write a letter to someone who has made your life better and tell them why, make a bucket list.
Also, use your SENSES:
Scent - candles, essential oils, magazine perfume cut outs, hug someone who smells good and makes you happy
Vision - board of pleasing photos
Hearing - soothing music, listen to PBS or NPR and zone, nature sounds, white noise, water fountain
Taste - sip on tea, slowly eat fruit
Touch - wear soft and fuzzy socks and comfy clothes, pet something furry
Radical Statements also help when you're dwelling on something:
1) I cant change whats already happened.
2) Fighting the past only blinds me to my present
3) The present is the only moment I have control over.
4) It's a waste of time fighting what's already occurred.
AND REMEMBER "Breathe in roses, blow out candles" (take slow breaths)
Have healthy snacks on hand: mixed nuts, air popped popcorn, dried fruit, regular fruit, cheese, yogurt. When I really want a snack, I'll eat one of these and not feel too guilty. I have found that if I deny myself, I will overindulge in the long run.
Just have started a variety of crafts. As I do not want to get them dirty, it helps motive me to not snack. I took up needle felting, polymer clay sculpting, aIr quilt, draw and paint. My children keep me stocked with supply on birthdays etc.
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