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Ice Cube, Massage, and Music: Self-harm is your way of dealing with feelings and difficult situations. So if you're going to stop, you need to have alternative ways of coping in place so you can respond differently when you start to feel like cutting or hurting yourself If you cut to express pain and intense emotions -Paint, draw, or scribble on a big piece of paper with red ink or paint .Express your feelings in a journal -Compose a poem or song to say what you feel .Write down any negative feelings and then rip the paper up . Listen to music that expresses what you're feeling If you cut to calm and soothe yourself - Take a bath or hot shower -Pet or cuddle with a dog or cat - Wrap yourself in a warm blanket -Massage your neck, hands, and feet . Listen to calming music If you cut because you feel disconnected and numb - Call a friend (you don't have to talk about self-harm) - Take a cold shower . Hold an ice cube in the crook of your arm or leg - Chew something with a very strong taste, like chili peppers, peppermint, or a grapefruit peel -Go online to a self-help website, chat room, or message board If you cut to release tension or vent anger . Exercise vigorously-run, dance, jump rope, or hit a punching bag Punch a cushion or mattress or scream into your pillow . Squeeze a stress ball or squish Play-Doh or clay - Rip something up (sheets of paper, a magazine) -Make some noise (play an instrument, bang on pots and pans) Substitutes for the cutting sensation - Use a red felt tip pen to mark where you might usually cut - Rub ice across your skin where you might usually cut -Put rubber bands on wrists, arms, or legs and snap them instead of cutting or hitting Source: The Mental Health Foundation, UK