Feel like self harming? A-Z of distractions

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by Petal, Oct 3, 2015.

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  1. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    I found this on another website and thought it was really well written and that it might even help some people here who feeling like self harming or are in a bad state of mind and need to ''cool off'' or calm down!

    Alternative therapies: massage, reiki, meditation, acupuncture, aromatherapy
    Bake or cook something tasty
    Clean (and won’t your folks/housemates be pleased!)
    Craftwork: make things, draw or paint
    Dance your socks off
    Eat sweets or chocolate for an instant sugar rush (but be careful of the dip in your mood once it’s over)
    Exercise for a release of endorphins and that feel-good factor
    Forward planning – concentrate on something in the future, like a holiday
    Go for a walk (preferably further than the local pub)
    Go online and look at websites that offer you advice and information
    Hang out with friends and family
    Have a bubble bath with lots of bath bombs fizzing around you
    Have a good cry
    Hug a soft toy
    Invite a friend round
    Join a gym or a club
    Knit (it’s not just for old people you know)
    Listen to music
    Music: singing, playing instruments, listening to (basically making as much noise as you can)
    Open up to a friend or family member about how you are feeling
    Pop bubble wrap
    Phone a helpline or a friend
    Play computer games
    Play with a stress ball or make one yourself
    Read a book
    Rip up a phone directory (does anyone actually use them these days?)
    Scream into an empty room
    Shop ’til you drop
    Smoke – smokers find that having a fag can help (smoking is not a long term solution; in fact, it’s a form of self harm)
    Spend time with babies (when they’re in a good mood)
    Tell or listen to jokes
    Use the internet
    Visit a zoo or a farm (animals do the best things)
    Volunteer for an organisation (will make you feel all warm inside)
    Watch TV or films – particularly comedies
    Write: diary, poems, a book
    Write negative feelings on paper, then rip them up
    Yoga: meditation, deep breathing – this might help you relax and control your urges
    Zzz – get a good night’s sleep
  2. Witty_Sarcasm

    Witty_Sarcasm Eccentric writer, general weirdo, heedless heathen

    Thank you for posting these! Lots of good tips, and I already do a lot of them when I am feeling bad :)
  3. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    You are very welcome witty sarcasm, I am glad this has helped you. I read through it and thought this would be be superb for here. Some great tips there for sure:)
  4. Rockclimbinggirl

    Rockclimbinggirl SF climber Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    Thanks for posting this list Petal.
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