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Plan Ahead: Coping Skills for Eating Disorder Recovery

Posted May 31 2012 12:28am
Before deciding to engage in your eating disorder, try to do something else first. Below is a list of some possible coping skills. If one coping skill is not beneficial for you or does not work, go on to the next. Eventually, your urge to engage in your eating disorder will decrease.


  • Call someone
  • Read a book
  • Journal
  • Thought challenge
  • Meditate
  • Go for a leisurely walk
  • Do yoga
  • Watch TV or a movie
  • Listen to music
  • Scream in a pillow
  • Toss a ball around
  • Blog
  • Use grounding techniques
  • Dance
  • Sing
  • Rest
  • Tai Chi
  • Write a letter
  • Ask for help
  • Do a good deed
  • Take a shower
  • Try to learn something new
  • Go to the library
  • Go surfing
  • Go long boarding
  • Go visit someone
  • Make a positive quote book
  • Work on homework
  • Volunteer
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Do a craft (ex: make jewlery)
  • Visit the animals at the Humane Society
  • Read self affirmations
  • Play with some silly putty or squeeze a stress ball
  • Play an instrument
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Go rollerblading
  • Rip up some paper
  • Play a game
  • Let your emotions out (cry, scream, etc)
  • Visit a positive website or blog
  • Go to a book store and look around
  • Get a massage
  • Window shop
  • Go for a hike
  • Go swimming
  • Play ping pong
  • Go to a support group
  • Pray
  • Garden/do yard work
  • Go for a drive
  • Go fishing
  • Build something
  • Photography
  • Go bowling
  • Throw rocks into a lake
  • Play fetch with or walk your dog
  • Pet a cat
  • Knit
  • Learn to sew
  • Clean or organize
  • Go to a rummage sale
  • Make a list of the positive things in your life
  • Draw
  • Paint
  • Take a pottery class
  • Paint your fingernails or toenails


Have other coping skills? Let me know!
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