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Re: ideas for figuring out feelings? Shortelise

Posted by Racer on June 2, 2005, at 12:43:42

In reply to ideas for figuring out feelings?, posted by Shortelise on June 1, 2005, at 13:30:17

This is something that we just went over last night in my eating disorder support group. There's a great section on it in the "Overcoming Bulimia Workbook" -- I'm not bulimic, but that's what the exercises we went over last night came from -- that had a five step routine.

From memory, but I'll look it up for you as soon as I have time (houseguest arriving in hours, horrible messy house...):

1. Physically relax -- breathing exercises, whatever works for you.

2. Ask yourself what you're feeling or what's worrying you.

3. Tune into your body, what your body might be telling you.

4. Wait and listen to whatever you can pick up from the above -- don't try to force it, or analyze it. Just wait and feel and listen.

5. If you're still having trouble, start again at number 1.

The other thing that helps a lot -- let me repeat that for emphasis: A LOT! -- is to have a list of possible feelings. I have two: one from the handout last night, the other from the Something Fishy website: I looked for the list but can't find it there now. Try maybe the forums? I can't remember where it was, but I know they have about a three page list of possible feelings.

Hope that helps, and will be back later with more, but probably not until my guest leaves...




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