I had the privilege to hear a friend talk about her struggle with an eating disorder. She's in recovery and is doing so well. I loved looking at the art therapy she made. I love art and so I though that I could incorporate art on my own. So today I created a "coping bucket."
I bought this bucket a while ago for $1. I had some old scrapbooking paper laying around and thought that I could come up with something "artsy." This is what I came up with. I just tore the paper and crumpled it up. Then I Modge Podged it onto the bucket. I found some cute stickers that coordinated with the paper and stuck those on. Then I wrote some words that remind me of my journey: recovery, freedom, laugh, fun, gentle, let go, faith, endure, strength, relief, God, choices, eating plan
I made slips of paper that have different things to do on them so that when I want to binge or overeat I can pull a slip out complete that activity. It's a way of getting my mind off of stress and the "need" to eat.
Here's some ideas: journal, listen to music, play an instrument, draw or paint a picture, go for a drive, take a walk, meditate, read, organize a room or closet, pack some clothes up for charity, take a nap, go to the park, blog, serve someone, work on my affirmation book, work on my hope book.
I know that continuing this art therapy will be good for me. I can't wait to share what other things I'll make!