Distractions Whenever you feel the need to self injure please try and distract yourself by using some of the methods below. 1. Write a poem 2. Listen to soothing or music. 3. Talk with somebody close to you 4. Write a story 5. Pray 6. Call a friend 7. Snap your wrist with a rubber band or a hair band 8. Sew 9. Take a nap 10. Leave the room or the house 11. Read a good book. 12. Work in the garden 13. Do arts and crafts 14. Watch television 15. Cook a meal 16. Call a hotline or support group, or post on a message board 17. Use washable, non-toxic markers to draw on your skin 18. Let yourself cry 19. Dance 20. Draw 21. Exercise or work out in some way 22. Get a massage 23. Hug someone 24. Help someone 25. Paint something 26. Play a musical instrument 27. Write a letter to the person or problem that is upsetting you, but don't mail it 28. Run around the park 29. Scream at the top of your lungs 30. See a friend 31. Do some sculpting 32. Go shopping 33. Shout 34. Sing 35. Go skating 36. Take a bath 37. Take a sauna 38. Throw things (such as ice cubes or your pillow, NOT something like glass) 39. Rant about what you are upset about 40. Take a walk 41. Watch a film 42. Go window shopping 43. Do yoga 44. Hit a punching bag 45. Clean your room or the house 46. Cuddle with someone 47. Go cycling 48. Diving 49. Go for a drive 50. Play a game or colour in a colouring book 51. Go swimming 52. Play the piano 53. Shred a phonebook or a newspaper into a thousand pieces 54. Write a song 55. Make or work on a website 56. Take a long shower 57. Meditate and please feel free to add some more.