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Wow. That idea works not only for Depression, but with a little twist it could be rewards for doing a workout, or even ideas for date nights.

When I saw the title of this topic I thought "Oh no, either we exercise in order to eat a cookie, or we fill the cookie jar up and use them as weights."

This also might work for activities to keep the children occupied. Hmmm...

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I was going to do this in a bowl. I thought it would be fun. I didn't know someone else thought about it too....cookie jar is a better idea than a bowl.

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What a great little idea! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for adding that goal of 500 steps! You rock!

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I found this posted on my depression group...thought it was cool. The original poster is at the bottom..I did not write this...just thought you might enjoy it.

Cookie Jar Exercises

"When you're in need of comfort, a reward, or a distraction, do you reach for food? Is it the quick go-to answer to all of life’s questions? The trouble is, when you are feeling bored or stuck in a rut, or just feeling as if you need a lift, it can be hard to come up with constructive alternatives. Devise ideas you can use later, when you really need them. Convert your cookie jar into a vessel for your new healthy treats ideas!

First, take some small slips of paper and write down ideas for things you'd like to do if you had some spare time on your hands. You might want to fill two jars: one for activities that take just a few minutes, and another for activities that may take an hour or two. Come up with fun or relaxing activities you enjoy.

Examples might include:

• Taking a long bath
• Hitting some golf balls
• Going for a bike ride
• Enjoying a cup of herbal tea
• Listening to relaxing music
• Dancing to your favorite music
• Curling up with a good book
• Taking a walk
• Doing a crossword or Sudoku puzzle
• Giving yourself a manicure or pedicure
• Calling a friend
• Catching up on email
• Drawing or painting a picture
• Scrapbooking
• Spending time on a hobby
• Researching items on your wish list
• Romping with your grandchildren
• Playing cards or board games with your family

As you can see, you can fill the jar with all kinds of new and exciting ways to comfort, uplift, and even inspire yourself. Then, when you find yourself bored or in need of a pick-me-up, just reach into the "fun jar," grab a slip of paper, and do what it says! It not only helps to delay and distract but serves as a justly deserved reward! " (by Guin001)

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