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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.

You need:

  1. 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)
  2. Popsicle sticks (I used 70 regular-sized ones from a pack of 1,000 craft sticks that I bought for $5)
  3. Markers (I used Bic Mark-It Permanent Markers, but any other marker should work, even dollar-store markers)
  4. 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). 
  5. 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)
  6. 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!

Instructions:

  1. Gather your materials :) (not too hard!)
  2. Decide how many sticks your jar will hold. Mine held 70 craft sticks; some can hold more!
  3. Decide how many colors you want to use, and if you want the colors to mean anything.
  4. 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.
  5. Let your painted sticks dry.
  6. 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)
  7. 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:

  1. Type of urge (especially useful if you have multiple types)
  2. Type of emotion behind the urge or activity (feeling sad, guilty, angry, lonely, wanting sensation, etc)
  3. Amount of time the activity takes (5 min, 10 min, 15 min, 30 min, 1 hr, over 1 hr)
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Keep choosing sticks until the urge is gone (or you have other things you have to do)
  4. 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

  1. 101 things to do besides binge
  2. More binge alternatives
  3. Alternatives to binge eating/purging
  4. Alternatives to self-harm
  5. More alternatives to self-harm

Idea based off of: Coping Bank and Binge Jar

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I saw a few masterposts going around tumblr and decided to make one. A lot of these links are helpful for High School as well! Enjoy and please tell me if you have problems with any link.
Blogs
onlinecounsellingcollege
fyeahcooldormrooms
freshmantips
theprospectblog
Studying
Flashcards
Calculators
Online Ruler
Thinking & Memorizing Tips
Research & Reading Tips
Finals Help Guide
Homework Help
Math Help
Geography Help
Study Playlist
Convert Anything To Anything
Productive Study Break Tips
Pull an All Nighter & Do Well On Your Exam
AP Cram Packets
Writing Help
Free Microsoft Word Equivalent
Writing Software Master post
Cant Remember A Word?
Bibliography Maker
Social Media Citation Guide
Earn A Cute Picture Of A Kitten For Writing
Writers Block?
Coffee Shop Sounds
Essay Structure Guide
Want To Know Who You Write Like?
Books
Alternatives To Expensive Textbooks
Download Free Books
Download Free Kindle Books
Free Audio Books
Sad/Stressed
Thoughts Room
Panic & Anxiety Masterpost
Guided Relaxation
Stress Relievers
Chill Playlist
Cute Videos
Food
Quick & Easy Snack Recipes
Study Snacks
The Collegiate Vegan
On The Go Breakfast Recipes
Brownie In A Cup
Miscellaneous
Check The Safety Of Any Website
Download From 8tracks
Is This Website Down For Me Or Everyone?
Self Defense Tips
Upload Anything From Your Smartphone To You Laptop
Chrome Extension Tells You Which Tab Is Playing Music
Prevent Hangovers
Netflix Recommendations 
Becoming An Adult Masterpost
All The Audios You’ve Ever Reblogged
Stream/Watch Free TV/Movies
Never Hit A Dead End With A Broken Link
Downloadable PDF To-Do Lists
Watch Musicals
List Of Universities On Tumblr

college-campuses:

I saw a few masterposts going around tumblr and decided to make one. A lot of these links are helpful for High School as well! Enjoy and please tell me if you have problems with any link.

Blogs

onlinecounsellingcollege

fyeahcooldormrooms

freshmantips

theprospectblog

Studying

Flashcards

Calculators

Online Ruler

Thinking & Memorizing Tips

Research & Reading Tips

Finals Help Guide

Homework Help

Math Help

Geography Help

Study Playlist

Convert Anything To Anything

Productive Study Break Tips

Pull an All Nighter & Do Well On Your Exam

AP Cram Packets

Writing Help

Free Microsoft Word Equivalent

Writing Software Master post

Cant Remember A Word?

Bibliography Maker

Social Media Citation Guide

Earn A Cute Picture Of A Kitten For Writing

Writers Block?

Coffee Shop Sounds

Essay Structure Guide

Want To Know Who You Write Like?

Books

Alternatives To Expensive Textbooks

Download Free Books

Download Free Kindle Books

Free Audio Books

Sad/Stressed

Thoughts Room

Panic & Anxiety Masterpost

Guided Relaxation

Stress Relievers

Chill Playlist

Cute Videos

Food

Quick & Easy Snack Recipes

Study Snacks

The Collegiate Vegan

On The Go Breakfast Recipes

Brownie In A Cup

Miscellaneous

Check The Safety Of Any Website

Download From 8tracks

Is This Website Down For Me Or Everyone?

Self Defense Tips

Upload Anything From Your Smartphone To You Laptop

Chrome Extension Tells You Which Tab Is Playing Music

Prevent Hangovers

Netflix Recommendations 

Becoming An Adult Masterpost

All The Audios You’ve Ever Reblogged

Stream/Watch Free TV/Movies

Never Hit A Dead End With A Broken Link

Downloadable PDF To-Do Lists

Watch Musicals

List Of Universities On Tumblr