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.2

I know.

I’ve been there.

1. Call Someone

My first advice in how to combat self-harm is to call someone.2

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 I’m okay.

I know in the midst of that adrenaline-filled urge that you don’t want to pull out your phone and chat, but it can make all the difference.

If you don’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.

2. Find Another Release

If you need to get rid of the feeling through something physical, consider punching a pillow, ripping up tissues or paper, or throwing a pillow continuously at the ground until the feeling passes.

I have a mason jar filled with sand and water that I shake so that the sand spirals inside.

Then take deep breaths as I watch the sand settle.

This easy-to-make coping aid helps calm me down and gives me a healthy release.

Keeping that tension inside only strengthens the urge to engage in self-harm behavior.

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