I know that we have talked about this topic before, but I feel as if it is important because so many of our teens and adults for that matter are doing it. I added this video of Demi Lovato’s experience to help you understand that you are not alone. Spread the word to help stop self harm! Here is a list of ideas that may help you through this tough and troubling time…
1.First make a list of reasons why you are going to stop cutting. Every time you get the urge, read the list to remind yourself why you shouldn’t. Also remember to put on that list that you do not deserve to hurt yourself. You are important and special and you do not deserve to be hurt.
2. Take item you are self injuring with and use it against something else. For example, if you are using a razor blade, rip it across a towel. Sometimes seeing what “can” be done to an object can make a person think twice about using it on themselves. Can also give the feeling of “doing it”…the tangible aspect.
3. Play some kind of musical instrument. Even if you don’t really know how to play, picking out tunes is a way to concentrate and help get rid of the urge to harm yourself. Music can truly help in so many ways, even if you are just listening to your favorite song.
4. Try something new that uses your fingers such as sewing, cross stitch, crochet etc.
5.work with paint, clay, drawing, writing, blogging, self expression is important.
6.Start writing in a journal, write what you are feeling.
7.hold ice cubes in your hands – the cold causes pain in your hands, but it is not dangerous or harmful (some people find it relieves the urge to harm themselves for that
8.Go for a walk, or jog/run. Exercise can help get your mind off things. Try deep breathing and relaxation techniques after.
9.try not be be alone (visit a friend, go shopping, etc.) If you need to call a friend or talk to your parents, your therapist or a crisis line.
Always remember that there is always someone else going through something similar. Youth of a Nation is here to support you!