Monday, May 31, 2010

Self-Soothing Techniques

Last week, in group, we talked about self-soothing techniques. I had a bad night tonight after I got back on Facebook (bad idea) and should have used some of these (although I didn’t)...

Self-soothing has to do with comforting, nurturing, and being kind to yourself, and can prevent you from “acting out.” One way to think of this is to think of ways of soothing each of your five senses: vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

Self-Soothing Ideas

  • Light candles or incense (for vision and smell)
  • Look at artwork
  • Clean my room
  • Go for a drive or a walk
  • Watch TV
  • Read
  • Buy/look at flowers
  • Call a friend
  • Listen to music
  • Listen to a book on tape
  • Drink hot tea (smell and taste)
  • Drink cold water with ice
  • Chew gum
  • Make art
  • Take a bath or shower
  • Take a nap
  • Organize something
  • Play with marbles
  • Pet animals
What self-soothing techniques do you use to help you from bingeing or acting out?

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