things i’ve found helpful and comforting in overcoming the urge to self-harm:
-covering myself with band-aids where i want to c*t
-painting my nails a new color
-putting on fake tattoos
-alphabetizing my books
-buying a new stuffed animal
-naming all of my stuffed animals
-collecting a new crystal or stone and carrying it around
-hyper-focusing on one specific thing like that crystal
-recording my feelings in my mood journal, seeing if patterns surface, and identifying my triggers
Some things that I have found useful myself have been:
-Listening to music REALLY loudly and literally screaming the lyrics to let out the emotions
-Being in a cold setting, whether its by opening the fridge or going outside without a jacket, etc.
-Fidgeting with something- silly putty, play dough, etc.
-Weighted blankets or having like an actual person lay on me LOL
-Cleaning literally everything in sight
one of my alternatives is biting down on a wet towel, or listening to something that I relate good moments or feelings with
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