3x19 // 4x04
3x19 // 4x04
Making an “Alternatives” Jar
For anybody with issues with binge eating, purging, and/or self-harm (or any other type of urge), an “alternatives” jar is a good project! It is a jar filled with popsicle sticks that have things written on them that you can do when your urge hits, as an alternative to the urge.
- A glass jar (I used a small 8 oz old jar that I had left from a jar of jam- you can get these for $1 in some places with the jam)
- Popsicle sticks (I used 70 regular-sized ones from a pack of 1,000 craft sticks that I bought for $5)
- Markers (I used Bic Mark-It Permanent Markers, but any other marker should work, even dollar-store markers)
- Paints, as many colors as you want (I used Apple Barrel brand acrylic paints, which run for $0.50-$0.57 per 2 oz container at Wal Mart).
- Paint brushes to use for the paints (I used Plaid brand sponge brushes, which I got for $1 for 4, and a pack of 24 different brushes which were $5 each)
- Ribbons and washi (decorative/paper) tape ($0.50-$3.50 per roll, however you want)
Items 4-6 are optional! You can use as much or as little paint as you want. You should only need one bottle if you are doing one color; however, you may want more!
- Gather your materials :) (not too hard!)
- Decide how many sticks your jar will hold. Mine held 70 craft sticks; some can hold more!
- Decide how many colors you want to use, and if you want the colors to mean anything.
- Paint the craft sticks!! Do this on a surface easily cleaned, thrown away, or that you don’t mind getting messy! I used a lid from a plastic tote. You can either put the paints on a palette (if you have one), or dab it onto the sponge brushes and then paint.
- Let your painted sticks dry.
- While you are letting them dry, you can decorate your jar. Some permanent markers work on glass; others don’t. You can try them though! Acrylic paints don’t always work on glass, also. I used washi tape and ribbons, using a hot glue gun to attach the ribbons to the jar. The tape and ribbons can be removed from the jar if I so choose (so that way I can re-use the jar or re-decorate if I want to)
- Once the sticks dry, write on them!!
Ideas for how to use color:
You can see that I used 7 colors, each with 10 sticks. Colors can be used to denote:
- Type of urge (especially useful if you have multiple types)
- Type of emotion behind the urge or activity (feeling sad, guilty, angry, lonely, wanting sensation, etc)
- Amount of time the activity takes (5 min, 10 min, 15 min, 30 min, 1 hr, over 1 hr)
- Amount of money you’d have to invest (ie, totally free things, things you can spend $1 on, things you’d have to spend $5 on, etc)
How to use:
- When your urge hits, pick a color or colors to represent what you need. For example: red for me are things to get anger out, so if I’m wanting to purge because I am angry, I will choose the red sticks.
- Pick one stick of that color. Do that activity, and put the stick to the side. If, after you’re done with the activity, the urge is still there, pick another stick.
- Keep choosing sticks until the urge is gone (or you have other things you have to do)
- If the urge hasn’t gone away, but you are done with your sticks: choose another color and keep going.
Ideas for what to write on your sticks
- 101 things to do besides binge
- More binge alternatives
- Alternatives to binge eating/purging
- Alternatives to self-harm
- More alternatives to self-harm
Art activity to try yay!
This is a cute idea! I’d like to use it myself for going out/working out, but I’m sure it could help someone with more serious issues.
Alright Teen Wolf Fans, who do you think is the Benefactor?
[Start from end of last update(pg 40)] I’ll link from the end of the previous update from now on, so you get a refresher.
The whole SciShow office is so freaking stoked about this it’s adorable. To be clear, I also have not been this excited about a movie (that wasn’t based on my brother’s book) since Deathly Hallows.
This is so accurate. At school, we literally have children who will watch our facial expressions to see if them falling is as bad as they think it might be.
CORRECT CHILD INJURY PROCEDURE:
- do not react. at the most, maybe wince and go “ooooh”
- go over to the child to assess panic level and severity of injury
- if they’re like, dying, remain calm, but they’re probably not.
- look them in the eye and ask, “you okay?” they will nod. possibly all teary-eyed. then ask, “are we gonna need to cut it off?”
- the child is thrown off. if they giggle, you’re in the money. if they do not, put a bandaid on and do some sympathetic patting. they are probably a little teary. let the sad little bug sit out for a minute. they will quickly get bored.
- works every time
do u ever have a thought that’s so fuckin inappropriate that u feel like dumping a bucket of water on urself like. calm down, self. tone it down. think about jesus
I really don’t like hating against something but honestly… the only thing that is making season 4 bearable for me are stiley facial expressions
i literally feel like the PR team behind teen wolf are like 6 year olds.
"WOW WHY IS YOUR SHOW SO AMAZING!!???!?!"
Teen Wolf: (✿ ♥‿♥) (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
"Hello I am giving real criticism towards the real, real issues in this show”
Teen Wolf: (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻ (╹◡╹)凸 -ignores-
petition to make young adult authors stop writing about girls whose lives change when they meet a boy
When she saw him time slowed to a stop. He was so perfect and she knew her life would never be the same because she had finally found him. The one. The first boy she would ever kill.
Final for my Time Arts class. Nothing gets you in touch with your own anger quite like listening to this and thinking about all the times you’ve been objectified and belittled.
Beautiful and perfect.