Candid Recovery

Coping Skills October 3, 2012

Coping skills are invaluable tools when in recovery from an eating disorder or simply when you’re trying to break a not-so-pleasant habit. I must stress that coping skills do not solve underlying problems. They simply help you cope with the trouble areas as they arise. The following is a list of coping skills that you may find helpful. Write down a few of the skills that seem like they’d work for you, and forget the rest if you want! Also, a Recovery Box may be useful for you; I love mine (read more about my Recovery Box in my post). Also, this website also has some suggestions if you want even more!

  • Work on hobbies or crafts to keep your hands busy
  • Go for a walk
  • Watch a movie
  • Go to the mall, even if just to walk around!
  • Take a nap
  • Clean you room/apartment/house/etc.
  • Wash your car/bike/etc.
  • Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while
  • Remove yourself from the triggering environment
  • Read a good book
  • Listen to music and sing/dance along!
  • Take a warm shower or bath
  • Keep a scrapbook or photo album handy to remind yourself of positive experiences you’ve had
  • Learn something new (look online, take a workshop course, go to the library…)
  • Journal
  • Color
  • Use positive affirmations
  • Go hang out at a coffee shop (alone or with a friend… both perfectly acceptable and enjoyable!)
  • Make a list of all the reasons you want to recover and post it somewhere you’ll see it daily. If you already have a list, add to it!
  • Volunteer
  • Read HELPFUL blogs online
  • Go to a nearby park or garden
  • Look up relevant support groups in your area and attend a meeting
  • Punch a pillow or a mattress
  • Take a self-defense class; you’ll get out strong emotions and learn to defend yourself in the process.
  • Spend time with your children or pets (if you have them).
  • Go to a playground and allow yourself to play like a kid again (I love swinging these days!).
  • Come up with a list of things you DO like about yourself.

Like I said, this list is not every coping skill known to the human race, nor will every idea on this list necessarily work for you. That said, I am confident everyone can find a few that will work! Also, if you have any other ideas, please share and I will add them to the list!

Stay strong, confident and beautiful!


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