I'd love some ideas on positive coping skills that don't involve food? I have some ideas but definitely could use more.
I am going to start getting allergy shots once a week, three shots a week, yikes! I had two shots a week as a kid for four years, anyways, I am not excited to endure this process but I am doing it in the hopes that it will boost my immune system. So, since I will be going to the doc every week and I will have to wait thirty minutes after the injections in the waiting area every area to see if there is a reaction, I am wondering what I can do to 'treat' myself as a reward for taking care of myself with the injections for my health.
My first idea was to bring the Kindle that my Mom gave me with me to the doc and purchase a book on there that I really want to read as a big initial reward for doing this and look forward to reading it every time I go to the doc. Kindles are typically more lightweight than heavier books and my arms may be sore from the shots so that may work. I am wondering what else I can do.
I remember that when we had our dog, he hated these baths that we gave him every week but we had to do it for his skin and to keep him clean. At the end of his bath, we gave him a big bone and he was so happy! I want to find that type of 'big bone' reward for myself that I can treat myself with when I have had a long day at the doc for allergy shots.
I am looking for ideas like if I have a bad day at the doc's office or a bad day and want to relax without food or using my arms a lot because they may be sore. What do you do to take care of yourself without food when you've had a long day? What helps you get through doldrums of depression and what are your keys to success for doing well!?
Share away please!
Thanks in advance