Through the eyes of a carer for someone with a mental illness

Distraction techniques


Earlier on today Chris was struggling with intrusive thoughts again and I was all suggested out, so I turned to twitter to gather ideas from others who have their own methods that help them. By others sharing their Ideas I was able to put together quite a list of things you can do to distract yourself. It doesn’t just have to be from intrusive thoughts, it could be from self harm, low mood etc etc.

  1. listening to music through headphones
  2. talking to someone
  3. writing feelings down
  4. singing, especially at the top of your voice
  5. singing backwards, because you will spend a lot of time and energy working the words out
  6. exercise; walking, running, cycling, running up and down the stairs (just be careful)
  7. dancing
  8. housework, not exciting but everyone has to do it
  9. play about on the computer
  10. read a book
  11. puzzles, whether it be a jigsaw or Sudoku, crosswords
  12. gardening
  13. having a bath, especially with bubbles/lavender oil
  14. watching some TV
  15. Sleeping

I will keep adding to this list so if anyone has any other ideas feel free to let me know and I will put them on. Big thanks to @MentalHealthCop  @JoinedU1 @DebHazeldine @katemasters67 @diagnosisLOB @rubs98 @mattgrahamdrum @fallingxx23 who all gave ideas and suggestions!


Author: acarerseyes

I am a mum to four gorgeous girls, and a carer to my former partner of eight years, Chris who has a mental illness, BPD. I blog my experiences.. life is tough! We live in Greater Manchester, UK.

3 thoughts on “Distraction techniques

  1. Thank you Sarah, What works for one may not work for all but we managed a smile or two! Good idea to ask what helps….and I omitted to say a Lavender and Clary Sage oil bath does it for me everytime! And if singing backwards too…then result!
    Thanks again

  2. I love clary sage and lavender!
    What’s your twitter name?

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