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Positive distractions

As more restrictions are put in place to keep people safe during the coronavirus crisis, we know many people are finding this challenging. We’ve addressed some of your questions here and will continue to add to this as the situation changes, but a key concern for many people is what the isolation of social distancing might mean for eating disorder thoughts and behaviours.

Having a good bank of distractions that work for you is really helpful during this time. You may find it useful to use the BLAST technique, which aims to address the emotion behind the urges that you might be feeling, and try to overcome that emotion in a positive way rather than using unhealthy behaviours. Think about what kind of things help you to feel better when you’re Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stressed or Tired – then when you feel the urge to use behaviours, you can try to identify the emotions that might be causing it and look for positive distractions from that feeling.

We’ve given a few ideas below. These may not be things that work for you, or 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.

Bored

Lonely

Angry

Stressed

Tired

Page last updated: 03/09/2020