Resource: Coping Skills

Here is a list of some coping skills. See if any of these look interesting to you too. Try them out, and then come up with a list of your own. When you’re tempted to engage in disordered eating patterns, or when you’re feeling really down or overwhelmed, use some of your coping skills!

Coping Skill Ideas:

  • Coloring/drawing
  • Listening to music
  • Watching an uplifting movie/TV show
  • Reading a book
  • Going for a walk (if recommended by your doctor)
  • Sitting outside in nature
  • Packing a picnic lunch
  • Getting together with some friends
  • Going shoe or accessory shopping
  • Getting a massage
  • Writing in a journal
  • Blogging
  • Knitting/crocheting
  • Making a movie with friends
  • Scrapbooking
  • Photography
  • Cooking a delicious, homemade meal with a friend
  • Cleaning (not obsessively though)
  • Writing a letter to an older relative
  • Helping out at a soup kitchen
  • Making a meal at your local Ronald McDonald House
  • Picking flowers
  • Going for a hike or bike ride (if advised by your doctor)
  • Having a girls night in (or out)
  • Playing board games or card games
  • Making homemade gifts for friends or relatives
  • Playing/learning an instrument
  • Singing at the top of your lungs
  • Doing a deep breathing exercise for a few minutes (even while listening to relaxing music)
  • Doing yoga or pilates (if advised by a doctor) – pilates helps me relax enough to fall asleep some nights when my brain won’t stop working
  • Making a collage from pictures/lyrics/etc
  • Surfing youtube videos

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