Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by painfulbliss, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. painfulbliss

    painfulbliss Well-Known Member


    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.
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  2. riz

    riz Senior Member

    Thank you very much for the helpful list. Even before you posted it, I was really trying to do some of these things to distract myself. It's nice to have an organized list to refer to if I need it.

    With love,
  3. xXWhateverItTakesXx

    xXWhateverItTakesXx Forum Buddy

    Some good things up there thanks

  4. painfulbliss

    painfulbliss Well-Known Member

    no prob guys and gals i know how hard it is to deal with things. but i never thought it was sticky material. hope it help everyone. and thnx for reading and replying
  5. painfulbliss

    painfulbliss Well-Known Member

    so ya anyone got any better ideas? cause most of these thing i either dont wanna do, cant afford, dor help, or if i do it ppl will think im a frigging looney.
  6. Buggsy2008

    Buggsy2008 Well-Known Member

    The list could be printed off and used as a checklist... work your way through it until the urge has gone... i might try it next time i feel the need.
  7. Pad

    Pad Well-Known Member

    I'm finding it hard to distract myself from the thoughts, it's been so long but im getting the urges again
  8. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    play game boy, watch porn, play in the coffee house :coffee:, break stuff
  9. Pad

    Pad Well-Known Member

    Whenever i feel like cutting now I work out, which is every day lol. Today it was bad though and I worked out maybe a bit too hard, I have a bad headache and ache all over. My heart wont calm down and i feel like shit. Is this really a better alternative? I wouldn't feel like this if i cut, but right now I dont feel like it.
  10. Little_me

    Little_me Well-Known Member

    Clean the house!
  11. Epical Taylz

    Epical Taylz Well-Known Member

    i'll diffinatly do what it said to at the end of the site.

    "buy yourself a calender and put a sticker on each day that you don't hurt yourself"
    genius idea :)
  12. jane doe

    jane doe Well-Known Member

    actually u gotta be carefull with that because if u count the days it harder to quit it <3
  13. Daydreams

    Daydreams Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much, this was very helpfull, I can never keep my head when I'm so down so it's good to see this... thank you.
  14. morgan

    morgan Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the suggestions.
    Yes, this is a very helpful list but not all of these things work for me personally. Writing, sleeping, and some of the others actually push me deeper over the edge. I think punching a punching bag and maybe taking a quick jog help me ignore it and drown it out.
    Again, thanks for the list.
  15. unspoken

    unspoken New Member

    It sounds weird but I actually find that getting a pair of tweezers and removing leg hairs can help to distract from wanting to hurt myself. Maybe waxing might have the same effect. It takes concentration and causes a little bit of pain, but no damage.

    Other things I've found help are colouring in, doing quick crosswords and writing random words from my head on a piece of paper and scribbling over it.
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  16. lozzie

    lozzie Well-Known Member

    These are very helpful to me Thankyou :)
  17. barto

    barto Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much. This is just what I needed.
  18. Broken Tree

    Broken Tree Account Closed

    I am sorry but I have been on the edge for a year and hospitalized many times. That is like putting a bandaid on the Titanic. I need my problem resolved, not put on hold for the day I fantasize about over and over again daily.
  19. herenow

    herenow Well-Known Member

    please do NOT scream at the top of your lungs because someone is likely to call the ambulance thinking you've gone real insane. Trust me.
  20. Isolde

    Isolde Active Member


    I know it's strange, but the calm repetitive movements seem to calm me down. And the feeling of something knit is comforting, like a childhood blanket.