Self Harm

Self-Injurious Behaviors have many causes which may vary dramatically from person to person. Common forms of self-harm include, but are not limited to, cutting, burning, hitting, and scratching. Self-harm does not necessarily equate with suicidal action or intent. However, self-harm can feel addicting and hard to control. Some alternatives to self-harm are to:

  • squeeze ice
  • draw on yourself where you are urged to harm
  • yell into a pillow
  • sprint or do something active to get out your energy
  • squeeze a stress ball as hard as you can
  • do something with your hands (write, draw, knit)
  • do a self-care activity (take a bath, eat your favorite food)
  • delay harming to see if you feel better later on

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