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lemondropdancer · 8 months ago
Grounding Techniques
Mental Distraction Techniques
Pick a category of objects and try to think of as many objects as possible that fit within that category (e.g., types of dogs, cities, types of trees, crayon colors, sports)
Pick a letter and think of emotionally positive or neutral words that begin with that letter
Pick a color and look for things of that color. Notice differences in their exact shades
Say or think the alphabet backwards or alternate letters and numbers (A1, B2, C3, D4, etc)
Count backwards from 100 by 3s, 6s, or 7s or count up by prime numbers or perfect squares
Play "fizz-buzz" with yourself. Begin counting to 100 (or over!), but replace any number that contains the number 5 or is a multiple of 5 with the word "fizz" and any number that contains the number 7 or is a multiple of 7 with the word "buzz." For example, 1-15 would be "1, 2, 3, 4, fizz, 6, buzz, 8, 9, fizz, 11, 12, 13, buzz, fizz." When you mess up, compliment yourself and start over
Think of the words to your favorite song or poem or think of facts related to a specific theme
Pick a word or your name and see how many other words you can make from the letters in it
Describe an every day event or process in great detail, listing all of the steps in order and as thoroughly as possible (e.g., how to cook a meal, how to get from your house to your place of work or school, how to do your favorite dance)
Read something technical or meant for children or read words backwards to focus on the process of reading and not the words
Watch a children's television show or movie or watch cute or funny videos on Youtube; it might help to have a playlist already prepared for this
Look at a current news article that is not likely to be upsetting or distressing
Distract yourself with Tetris, Solitaire, Sudoku, word searches, or other puzzle games
Reorientation Techniques
Say or think to yourself: "My name is _________. I am safe right now. I am _____ years old. I am currently at _____________. The date is _____________. If I need help, I am with ________/can call _________. Everything is going to be alright."
List reaffirming statements ("I am fine. Everything is going to be okay. I am strong. I can handle this.")
Ask yourself where you are, what day of the week it is, what day of the month it is, what month it is, what year it is, what season it is, how old you are, and other present-focused questions
Notice things in your surroundings that indicate to you that you're safe or that you're in the present (e.g., locks on your door, electronics that didn't exist when you were younger, the presence of trusted people, a phone so that you can call for help if you need it)
Describe your surroundings in detail, including sights (objects, textures, shapes, colors), sounds, smells, and temperature
Name five things that you see, four that you feel, three that you hear, and two that you smell or taste, and then name one good thing that you like about yourself
Pick four or five brightly colored objects that are easily visible and move your focus between them. Be sure to vary the order of your gaze and concentrate briefly on each one before moving to the next
Think about a fun time that you recently had with a friend or call that friend and ask them to talk about it with you
Sensory-Based Grounding Techniques
Run cool or warm (but not too cold or hot) water over your hands or take a cool or warm bath or shower
Spritz your face (with eyes closed), neck, arms, and hands with a fine water mist
Spray yourself with your favorite perfume and focus on the scent
Feel the weight of your body in your chair or on the floor and the weight of your clothing on your skin
Touch and hold objects around you. Compare the feel, weight, temperature, textures, colors, and materials
Keep a small object with you to touch or play with when you get triggered. Good examples include a smooth stone, a fidget toy, jewelry, or a tiny plushy
Bite into a lemon, orange, or lime, suck on a sour or minty candy or an ice cube, chew cinnamon-flavored gum, or put a few drops of Tabasco sauce on your tongue. Notice the flavor, scent, and texture
Eat something or drink warm tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, and describe to yourself the taste and texture in great detail
Place a cool wash cloth on your face or hold something cold like a can of soda
Listen to soothing or familiar music. If possible, dance to it
Hum, sing, recite poetry, or make up a silly poem or story as you go
Pick up a book and read the first paragraph out loud
Hug another person (if interpersonal touch isn't a trigger). Pay attention to your own pressure and the physical sensations of doing so
Hug a tree! Register the smells of being outside, the wind, and the sights around you
Movement-Based Grounding Techniques
Breathe deeply and slowly and count your breaths
Grab tightly onto your chair or press your feet against the ground as firmly as you can
Rub your palms and clap your hands or wiggle your toes within your socks. Pay attention to the physical sensation of doing so
Stretch out your arms or legs, roll your head on your neck, or clench and unclench your fists
Stomp your feet, walk around, run, jump, ride a bike, do jumping jacks, or do yoga
While walking, notice each footstep and say to yourself "right" and "left" to correspond with the foot currently moving
Squeeze a pillow, stuffed animal, or ball
If you have a soft pet (dog or cat), brush its fur and stroke it. If you don't, brush your own hair slowly and without pulling too much
Color in an adult coloring book, finger paint, or draw anything that comes to mind without worrying about quality
Write whatever comes to mind even if it's nonsense. Try not to write about whatever is upsetting you until you're more capable of doing so without increasing the upset
Write a list of things that make you happy or look for cheerful pictures to make into a collage
Pop bubble wrap or blow and pop actual bubbles
Dig in the dirt or garden, jump on a pile of leaves, or splash around in puddles or mud
Rip up paper or stomp on aluminum cans to crush them
Imagery Techniques
Picture yourself breathing in relaxation, calm, positive feelings, or strength. Picture yourself breathing out whatever is upsetting you. It may help to pair this with imagery of breathing in soothing colors (usually blue, purple, or green) and out more intense colors (usually red or black)
If you need to relax, envision a soothing white or golden light slowly moving up your body, warming and relaxing every part of you that it touches. You can also think of it as protecting you from negativity or from harm
If the problem is intense or uncomfortable emotions, physical sensations, or memories, picture them being surrounded and neutralized by a bright and healing light, temporarily placed in a mental box to be stored for later, or dialed back by an internal controller of intensity
If you have a clear mental picture of what's upsetting you, mentally change it to something silly or harmless. If you're a fan of Harry Potter, cast a mental "riddikulus" to banish the negativity
Picture yourself calm, focused, and able to tackle whatever problems you're facing. Focus on how that would feel in the moment. What would your expression and posture be like? Make whatever changes you need to in order to make your reality reflect your goal
How to Make a Grounding Box
Get a box or basket
Personalize and decorate it with construction paper, wrapping paper, ribbon, stickers, drawings, paint, photographs, glitter, sequins, or anything else that you like
Keep within it:
A list of grounding techniques that you know work for you
A list of positive affirmations and happy memories
A list of the contact information of trusted friends or family who are willing to help and support you
Small sensory objects such as: scented candles, perfumes, or lotions; hard candies or gum; soft fabrics, a stress ball, a stuffed animal, or a fidget toy; happy pictures of you with friends; a CD with relaxing music or meditation tracks. Try to cover all of the senses
A list of possible distractions such as books to read or movies to watch
Small portable distractions such as a pack of playing cards, a small game, or a joke book
A list of comforting things to do such as taking a bubble bath, snuggling up in bed, or meditating
A small journal or notebook
In the Case of a Flashback
Tell yourself that you are having a flashback and are safe now
Remind yourself that the worst is over, and you survived it. What you're feeling now is just a reminder of that trauma and does not fit the present moment
Remind yourself of when and where you are, who you're currently with, and who you can contact if you need help (use the reorientation-focused grounding techniques)
Breathe deeply and slowly. Count your breathes and make sure that you're getting enough air
Use other mental, sensory, movement, and imagery techniques in order to distract yourself, calm yourself, and reorient yourself within the present
If possible or necessary, go somewhere where you can be alone or with a close friend, where you will feel safe, or where you feel protected or shielded
If there is anyone who you can trust or who will support you, reach out to them, let them know what happened, and let them know what you need, what would be best for you, or what they could do to help
Be gentle with yourself and take the time to really recover. If what helps you to recover is to color, take a bubble bath, hug a stuffed animal, or watch a children's movie and if it would not be disruptive to do such things at that point in time, embrace those options whole-heartedly
If possible, note or write down what triggered the flashback, what techniques you tried to use to disrupt the flashback, and what techniques helped
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healinginlove · 11 months ago
for everybody who’s suffering from an eating disorder:  i love you
for everybody who’s in recovery for their eating disorder:  i love you
for everybody who’s not ready to recover:  i love you
for everybody who wants to recover but is struggling to:  i love you
for everybody who is afraid to get help:  i love you
for everybody who is body positive for everyone but themselves:  i love you
im so sorry for whatever drove you to this point. what your brain says to you isnt true. youre beautiful, and you deserve to recover. 
youre not alone. and i love you.
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cruelworldforasadgirl · 2 months ago
lose 100 lbs in a year ༺♥༻✧
when I first read that the CDC recommends only losing 2 lbs a week i thought that was ridiculous until my mom told me that’s 104lbs a year. i could be at my UGW in less than a year if I just focused on 2 lbs per week instead of crash dieting. THIS IS SO MUCH MORE HEALTHY THAN CRASH DIETING! and you get to eat more and feel better. here are some websites and advice i have for you! 
☽ - this website is a life saver. you enter your goal weight and when you want to be at it and then it PLANS MEALS FOR YOU BASED ON THAT!  it also lets you track how much weight you've lost and then puts it on a chart to see if youre on track and its so amazing. please just use this website its the best.
♡ lose it! (apple app store) - this app is super useful for tracking calories and lets you know how many calories you have left to eat in your remaining meals. has a ton of foods in their database and i also use it every day.
☆ talk to other people who eat healthy / have and ed - my grandma is obsessed with health foods and honestly is probably orthorexic  talks to me all the time about her healthy foods and weight loss thing. its so helpful to not be judged when telling people you have ana/mia or are trying to lose weight.
⚘ write in a journal - i track my weightloss using my journal and give myself prizes for reaching a certain milestone. for example, every ten pounds you lose, buy a new cute shirt.
losing 2lbs a week is much more healthy for you and will make you happier! you will still be getting skinnier while also doing better for your mind and body.
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this-smile-is-real · 3 months ago
In the last 5 years I have had 24 hospital admissions. Admissions ranging from two weeks at a time to 10 months in length. Admissions at times months apart and at times only 6 days between. I was left crippled by my mental illnesses and at times was so medicated that I couldn’t stay awake for more than two hours. Earlier this year I came incredibly close to losing my bowel. I have suffered from heart conditions, failing kidneys, oxygen to breathe, suicide attempts, complex trauma, depression, anxiety, cptsd, bpd and more. 
I currently take 15 medications a day just to function which can cost me up to $160 every week.
I am currently studying at both Tafe and Uni to help create a future for me again. I am taking my past, learning from it in my present, and trying to harness it for good in my future. I want to publish my book, become a psychologist and teacher aide and work with children and adolescents. 
But I need help. I have amazing family support but I am currently in $11,000 debt for all the bills and expenses and surgeries I haven’t been able to pay for.
I am humbly asking for any help at all and please know that I am eternally grateful for any help that comes my way.
Just a 24 year old girl wanting to rebuild her life.
Han x
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our-recoveryisunique · 4 months ago
Recovery from your eating disorder or addiction will always be a work in progress. Just because you had a setback doesn’t mean you’ve lost your progress.
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oftenquietlyqueer · 3 months ago
You can start recovering before you feel like you want to. You can eat more regularly and still be afraid of food. You can reduce self destructive behaviours and still want to engage in them.
Yes, changing behaviours can be easier when you change your thoughts but the reverse can also be true. Eating can make food less scary. Staying safe can make the urges easier to control.
Try not to let your fear of recovery stop you from trying. Stay safe and be kind to yourself.
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flutterbyfairy · 3 months ago
i want to recover. i want to eat til i'm full. i want to live and be happy and spend my time and energy looking after myself and talking to the people i love and having fun, not obsessing over food and weight. i don't want to feel sick or weak and i know i'm disabled and i'll never fully get rid of those things but i know when i eat they're a lot better and i want it to be better. i want to live my life and not worry about calories or fasting or anything like that. and i deserve that. and you deserve that. we deserve to enjoy our lives and love our bodies and eat without worrying. and one day? i think we'll get there. we deserve to get there.
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bugshowers · 18 days ago
sometimes, self love and self care is eating another cookie because you really crave it and you’re hungry. and sometimes, self love and self care is saving that cookie for a later time, because you’re satisfied and full, and you don’t want to get sick.
intuitive eating always has a mixture of both of these; in both of the examples, you’re listening to your body and its clues and making an informed choice on what feels right. you’re inevitably gonna mess up and overeat or under-eat, and that’s okay. all that matters is that you’re kind to yourself, and you pick yourself back up.
pro blogs don’t fucking touch this.
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recovereminder · 11 months ago
more often than not, slip ups happen in recovery. when they do, show yourself kindness, and know that you can keep going 💞
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slaying-strong · 4 months ago
When I restrict, I lose more than just weight. I lose:
- my energy to do the things I love
- my smile
- brain space for learning and growth
- relationships. They always suffer.
- joy and excitement around my favorite meals/food
- any bit of love and acceptance I may have for my body
- the ability to be active because my muscles are weak and my brain is foggy
- my ability to concentrate at work or in conversations with people I love
- self compassion
- meaningful time spent with family and friends because my brain is stuck on ED thoughts
- enjoyment of meals out with friends/family
- having a life and identity that doesn’t surround my ED
- spontaneous ice cream runs
- overall health and wellness
I’m using this list as a reminder right now to not give in. The minute I do, the minute a happy part of my life begins to suffer.
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hel7l7 · 14 days ago
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Today I don’t want to do it. The talking, the therapy. Don’t want to analyse, the who, why, when.  Want to go to school, laugh with friends, kiss a boy, a girl, whoever looks kissable and kind.  Want to dance as we walk over the bridge, voices loud and sharp in the dark.  Want the stars to spell my name, the moon to light all the healed scars.  I want this part to be over, the next chapter to begin. 
Today I ate pizza with my best friend and I didn’t hate myself for it. 
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