Bluebird Pages

The Long List of Things to Try to Help Yourself Feel Better

You will not want or be able to try all of these activities. The List is designed to give you a variety of options. It includes activities to distract and energize and relax. Some are active, some are calming, some are solitary, and some are social. You can print out the List and, as you try things, circle the ones you like, cross out the ones you don't like, and add anything else that’s missing from the list. This way, you can personalize the List to identify the things that work best for you.

Exercise & Sports
Walk
Run
Bike
Stationary bike
Treadmill
Dance
Play Baseball/softball
Play Soccer
Play football
Play lacrosse
Gymnastics
Horseback riding
Play hockey
Ice-skating
Play field hockey
Martial arts
Lift weights
Play tennis
Hit a punching bag
Punch a pillow
Rollerblade
Jump rope
Ski or snowboard
Hula hoop
Play catch
Go to the gym
Take an exercise class
Play golf
Music & Arts
Play an instrument
Sing a song
Listen to music
Draw, paint or color
Take pictures
Scrapbooking
Dance
Learn a monologue
Make a craft
Knit, sew, needlepoint, etc.
Reading & Writing
Write a poem
Write a story
Write in a journal
Read a book or magazine
Do a crossword, sudoku, or word search
Games, etc.
Play a board game
Play a card game
Do a puzzle
Technology
Note: Technology can be great, but it can cause stress. If you try one of these items, pay attention to your mood, and make sure it is not adding to your anxiety level. You may also want to set a time limit.
Watch a favorite TV show
Watch a favorite movie
Play a video game
Research something interesting online
Around your House
Cook something
Bake something
Do yard work, garden
Clean something
Paint a room
Rearrange your furniture
Organize your closet, drawers,
  shelves, etc.
Play or snuggle with your pet
Take a bubble bath or a
  steamy shower
Calming
Yoga
Tai chi
Qui gong
Stretching
Meditation
Visualization
Miscellaneous
See a friend or relative
Call a friend or relative
Browse around a bookstore
Get a manicure/pedicure
Other Ideas
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