Distract with ACCEPTS

This is a skill used to distract oneself temporarily from unpleasant emotions.

  • Activities - Use positive activities that you enjoy.
  • Contribute - Help out others or your community.
  • Comparisons - Compare yourself either to people that are less fortunate or to how you used to be when you were in a worse state.
  • Emotions (other) - cause yourself to feel something different by provoking your sense of humor or happiness with corresponding activities.
  • Push away - Put your situation on the back-burner for a while. Put something else temporarily first in your mind.
  • Thoughts (other) - Force your mind to think about something else.
  • Sensations (other) – Do something that has an intense feeling other than what you are feeling, like a cold shower or a spicy candy.
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