You might find it helpful to have a go-to list of ways to distract yourself from the urge to use eating disorder behaviours, or from other difficult thoughts and feelings. Our suggestions below of distractions for when you're Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stressed or Tired aim to help provide distraction and ease any difficult emotions that you might be feeling in a positive way, rather than using unhealthy behaviours.
You might feel that different things to what we’ve suggested would work for you, or that tips we’ve suggested as responses to one emotion might work better for you in response to a different emotion. The best way to distract yourself will vary from person to person, so think about what you would find most helpful. It could also be worth thinking about which distractions that will be quick or require little effort from you, and which ones will be more involved, as you might also have different needs at different times.