-Get comfortable, read 30 mins
-Boil water, brew tea
-Cuddle with London (cat)
-Write/type out dialog going on in head
-Take hot bath with candles
-Call family member or friend
*If I could think of something to do that was a positive stress reliever, that had specific directions, a process.
The other difference between this and my journal list, is it's more direct, giving me specific instructions. My journal list would go more like "read, drink tea, take bath." It wasn't very intriguing. With my sign its bold, outlined and red, and means business. It does make me stop and think about if I were to make that poor choice, how I would feel after, and then one of those things on my list starts to appeal to me. Also, it's on the fridge for all to see, so I'm more accountable of my actions. More reason not to hurt myself.
Nowadays, I don't really have to go to it. I'm naturally doing those things during the day-without a specific trigger, I'm doing them because I feel like it. It took a lot of work to get to this point. At the beginning it was b/p, or lay in bed and not get up.
Do you have any tools you use that you find helpful?