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healthy Distractions

Discussion in 'Self Care and Healthy Lifestyles' started by TJ, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. TJ

    TJ Staff Alumni

    i was thinking that maybe we could have a thread here on all the healthy options we have to distract other selves when times are rough... feel free to add onto this thread with things you do :)

    for me recently Ive found an outlet in artistic things , making cards for other people , paintings and so forth... Ive also been exploring the music world quiet a bit , this has kept me busy for hours when its been really hard.
  2. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    Going for walks
    visiting family or friends
    getting out of the house shopping even
  3. TJ

    TJ Staff Alumni

    * playing with my cat Larry helps me ,
    * playing guitar gets whats on the inside out without using words ,
    * writing a letter to my grandma every week helps me not think about whats going on for me and give me a family thing to focus on .
    * relaxation has helped me tremendously i may make a post about this as there's so much to cover and its simple and easy and takes less than 15 mins to do
    * positive thinking - yes i know i hate this one but it does work
    * goal setting
  4. Speedy

    Speedy Staff Alumni

    ~ playing with my dog
    ~ playing the piano
    ~ taking walks
    ~ talking to people
  5. IV2010

    IV2010 Well-Known Member

    watching movies
  6. TJ

    TJ Staff Alumni

    here are a hole bunch of ideas :

    Looking after you is important; here are some tips/ideas of what you could do to help look after you.
    · Talk
    · Listen
    · Share memories with others
    · Be with family
    · Be with friends
    · Take time for yourself
    · Slow down relax your body (see relaxation thread)
    · Breathe deeply
    · Listen to music
    · Cry
    · Have warm/hot showers
    · Walk
    · Take long bath
    · Eat sensibly
    · Routines can help
    · Rest when you can
    · Get enough sleep
    · Do physical exercise
    · Hug
    · Hold someone’s hand
    · Have a massage
    · Be close to someone
    · Get outside often
    · Visit nature – the sea, beach, forest, bush or hills
    · Buy plant or pick flowers
    · Read helpful books
    · Pray
    · Mediate
    · Sing
    · Dance
    · Write
    · Cry in the shower
    · Scream into the wind
    · Hit a pillow
    · Create
    · Keep a journal or dairy
    · Look at photos or videos/DVDs
    · Use support that is offered
    · Join a support group
    · Talk to other who have “been there”
    · Joke and laugh when you can
    · Call a friend – old or new
    · Let others five you a hand
    · Encourage yourself
    · Ask for what you need
  7. StevenSiew

    StevenSiew Well-Known Member

    Working on mathematics puzzles keeps me distracted for a while. Not exactly a healthy distraction. Cycling is healthy. So is swimming but it can be tiring as I have not swam for a long time. Drinking pear cider could be a distraction.
  8. StevenSiew

    StevenSiew Well-Known Member