7 Coping Skills to Combat Self-Harm ...


I know from personal experience not only how addictive behaviors like this can affect your life, but also how to combat self-harm. The one thing that is underlined time and time again is that you are never alone, even if you feel like you are. And though you may not feel it, there are people out there like myself, who are under the same sun and moon, diligently rooting for you to stay strong. You can combat self-harm by using coping skills to help get through the urges. I know. Iโ€™ve been there.

1. Call Someone

My first advice in how to combat self-harm is to call someone. Keeping someone on the line helps provide a distraction. On rough nights, I call my close friends to either talk me out of it, keep my mind occupied with random conversation such as regional differences in dialogue, or come over to make sure Iโ€™m okay. I know in the midst of that adrenaline-filled urge that you donโ€™t want to pull out your phone and chat, but it can make all the difference. If you donโ€™t feel you can confide in a parent, friend, or other trusted adult, there are hotlines you can call to just talk such as 1-800-DONT-CUT.

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