Boredom Binges

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Boredom Binges

Hi guys,

So overall I'm doing far better than I was previously doing, but I'm starting to find the current issues behind my behaviours, And one of them is BOREDOM. Out of all the things, that causes binges, I think this is my Main trigger. Let me explain. Naturally I have a low attention span, I got ADD & Dyspraxia, and my concentration is awful. I'm perfectly intelligent. I can write and I can draw and I can do lots of other things too, but only for short periods of time, before I get really bored. And the first thing that comes to mind is food. It's a pretty trivial thing to binge about. I don't know what to do with myself most of the time, apart from when I'm in college. I just find I want to eat all day if I could. This of course leads to fear I will turn into an elephant, despite the lack of evidence that I have turned into an elephant since I started the bulimia cycle. What can I do? should I make a things to do list? And just go through them up and down until I'm done?

OR I just end up on the computer all day, and that's no good either.

Suggestions welcome

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." Thomas Edison

hanabi's picture
Oh my gosh, that is sooooo

Oh my gosh, that is sooooo like me. Boredom is definitely one of my biggest triggers, as well! It hasn't been so bad lately, since I've been staying at my parents' house, but when I'm living by myself during the school year....big problem.

I don't really know what to do about. I've tried so many things: making lists of things I can do, scheduling things I can't really miss, making sure I don't feel guilty about doing non-productive things, etc etc, but still so often, eating ends up sounding like the only thing I can think of to do to ward off the boredom.

One thing to think about though... What is it about being bored that is so bad? That's something my therapist asked me when I told her I binged to prevent boredom, at least.

Sorry, not so helpful, but I hope you find some good ways to work through this!! <3

tuttyfruity's picture
WOW finally people like me!!i

WOW finally people like me!!i think i have ADD. i have dyslexic and really cant sit still. I try to watch a film but i get bored so have to colour in or do something with my hands to concentrate. IM constantly out drinking coffee its like i always need to be 'getting something' or need something all the time. i spend alot of time walking!!its terrible as its supposed to be a form of purging but its not for me its just about getting me out the house!!i dont know!!its so difficult this one but in time im sure it can be ok. im praying for you all. but drawing and painting help me!!xx

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams ;0 i know like i know like i know that i WILLbeat this illness xx

LouSarah's picture
Hi guys, reading has helped

Hi guys,

reading has helped me. and your right, there is nothing wrong in being IDLE, having nothing immediatly to do. we live in a work driven world. I find it hardest when I'm not busy. Occasionally I eat after breakfast, then tlunch then...throughout the entire day, by about 4pm I am too full for wait an hour or so then pile more in. then purge. When I am busy, or my boyfreind is round I don't . Because I can't. Any tips for immediately after purging? I don't want my teeth to rot?....and how do I know if I am SEVERE or MILD ?
tip for anyone that fasts: it doesnt work - you will just go crazy next time you eat. and over eat. MODERATION is key

good luck

xx L

nikki's picture
yes yes yes. It seems like

yes yes yes. It seems like boredom is a very big trigger for me as well. I think I have add but have not gotten diagnosed. Every time I am alone the first thing that comes to my mind is food. Or coffee or something to taste. Even at work I am a waitress and when there is no business I get bored and want to eat. I work at a buffet so one can only imagine how difficult this is for me. I just try to drink alot of water and chew gum. It doesn't always work but it helps a lot.

Nikki <3

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