Blast advice

Source:
Beat
Publisher:
Beat
Publication date:
04 June 2020

Abstract

As more restrictions are put in place to keep people safe during the coronavirus crisis, many people are finding this challenging. A key concern for many people is what the isolation of social distancing might mean for eating disorder thoughts and behaviours.Having a good bank of distractions that work for you is really helpful during this time.

You may find it useful to use the BLAST technique, which aims to address the emotion behind the urges that you might be feeling, and try to overcome that emotion in a positive way rather than using unhealthy behaviours. Think about what kind of things help you to feel better when you are:  

  • Bored
  • Lonely
  • Angry
  • Stressed
  • Tired

When you feel the urge to use behaviours, you can try to identify the emotions that might be causing it and look for positive distractions from that feeling.