From an extensive post on coping with eating disorders comes a list of suggestions. I'm pulling those ones that seem most helpful in my current straits.
the world beyond my skin
dress to feel comfortable ☥ start the morning with self-care, grooming to feel my best ☥ recognize that my thinking about my body may be distorted ☥ work on hobbies and handicrafts ☥ go for a walk ☥ watch a movie ☥ talk to and pet animals ☥ don't take extra money when you go out ☥ go out
improving my feelings
listen to music ☥ acknowledge my feelings ☥ forgive myself ☥ allow myself to feel forgiven ☥ accept compliments without reservations ☥ tell myself I'm okay ☥ accept that where I am, what I feel now is normal ☥ allow myself quiet time ☥ don't bottle my emotions ☥ find ways to let the pain out ☥ shout into a pillow ☥ learn to relax ☥ understand that I may not have a choice; that I may disagree, but have to compromise anyway
improving my mental state
find something else to do ☥ be creative any way I can ☥ recognize that my thinking in general may be distorted ☥ make a checklist of accomplishments ☥ learn something new ☥ set short term goals ☥ anticipate good times to come ☥ make plans to deal with bad times ☥ encourage myself with pep talks ☥ make a list of my strengths ☥ when things don't go well, remember it's not my fault
eat three well-balanced meals that are satisfying ☥ make lunch my main meal ☥ plan healthy snacks ☥ set my meal times four to five hours apart ☥ make a shopping list and stick to it ☥ if I have trouble knowing when I am hungry, I should plan to eat at set times ☥ clean something ☥ dust something ☥ nurture myself, even if I don't feel like it ☥ acknowledge that my greatest responsibility right now is my health
things to help me improve
make an inspiration wall ☥ take a self-defense class ☥ take up swimming again ☥ take a self-awareness or self-assertiveness class ☥ window-shop ☥ exercise ☥ set funds aside for a goal, even if it's just pennies now and again ☥ ultimately, find something else to do ☥ wear perfume ☥ learn new hair styles ☥ make flowers and pin them on my walls ☥ paint my nails ☥ buy new makeup ☥ go someplace where I can be with people even if I do not want to talk
I need to refer back to this often.
And I might need to make a comfort box.