Ways to avoid self harm (long post!)

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by midnightstar, Nov 5, 2012.

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  1. midnightstar

    midnightstar Senior Member

    A friend emailed me this and it's useful so with permission I'm sharing it:

    153 Things to do instead of self harm:
    1. Exercise
    2. Putting on fake tattoos
    3. Drawing on yourself in red marker (make sure it’s washable!)
    4. Scribbling on sheets an sheets of paper
    5. Writing (poetry, stories, journal, etc.)
    6. Cuddling with a stuffed toy
    7. Being with other people
    8. Watching a favorite TV show (preferably a comedy)
    9. Posting on web boards, and answering others’ posts
    10. Thinking about how I DON’T want scars for the summer
    11. Painting your nails
    12. Going to see a movie
    13. Eating something ridiculously sweet (or any favorite food)
    14. Doing school work
    15. Surf the net
    16. Go into chat rooms to talk
    17. Call a friend and ask for company
    18. Playing a musical instrument
    19. Singing
    20. Looking up at the sky (night is especially beautiful) .
    21. Redo this list.
    22. Punching a punching bag (with gloves on)
    23. Shoot rubberbands across the room.
    24. Cover yourself with band-aids where you want to cut
    25. Mix warm water and red food coloring, and put in on your skin (feels and looks like blood)
    26. Letting yourself cry (can be very difficult for some)
    27. Sleep (only if you are tired)
    28. A hot shower, or relaxing bath (no razors in the tub, though)
    29. Play with a pet
    30. Detangling yarn or necklaces
    31. Re-organizing your room
    32. Cleaning
    33. Having a pillowfight with the wall (yes, neighbors may think you are crazy, but that’s ok)
    34. Knitting or sewing
    35. Reading a good book
    36. Dressing up very glamorous (make sure no one can walk in on you, though)
    37. Coloring my hair
    38. Listening to music (try yo use calm music)
    39. Watching a candle burn (no playing with the flames!)
    40. Finding someone else you can help out
    41. Meditate
    42. Watching a scary (but not bloody, but if bloody movies help, than watch a bloody one) movie.
    43. Work on a website
    44. Have a vivid fantasy love affair with a celebrity
    45. Go somewhere very public
    46. Bake
    47. Alphabetize your CD’s
    48. Chewing leather (especially if you SI by biting)
    49. Buy a home Henna tatoo kit (peels off the next day-similar to skin picking)
    50. Painting or drawing
    51. Ripping paper into itty-bitty pieces
    52. Hugs-(this one is very nice…)
    53. Writting letters or email
    54. Talk to yourself (or if that feels weird, buy a small tape recorder-I then feel like someone is listening)
    55. Stroke nice fabrics
    56. Hug a pillow
    57. Hyperfocus on something like a rock, hand, etc.
    58. fingerprint
    59. Scream real loud (make sure no one is home!)
    60. Dance
    61. Make hot chocolate (mmmmm….)
    62. pop bubble wrap
    63. play with modelling clay or Play-Dough
    64. count to one hundred
    65. Build a pillow fort
    66. pop balloons
    67. Hug yourself
    69. Reading things in a different language
    70. Going for a nice, long drive
    71. Complete something you’ve been putting off
    72. Drinking absurd amounts of tea
    73. Breaking plastic plates
    74. Tearing up socks
    75. Throwing socks against the wall
    76. Archery
    77. Rock climbing
    78. Take up a new hobby
    79. Organize bills and such
    80. Cook a meal
    81. Go out for ice cream
    82. Buy a stuffed animal
    83. Look at pretty things-like flowers or artwork
    84. Create Something
    85. Pray
    86. Randomly wave at people
    87. Make a list of blessings in your life
    88. Read the Bible
    89. Go to a friend’s house
    90. Take up fencing
    91. Watch an old, happy movie
    92. Call a Help hotline or your Therapist
    93. Talk to someone close to you that knows
    94. Throw a temper-tantrum
    95. Hit things-other than yourself
    96. Ride a bicycle.
    97. Polish silver or jewelry.
    98. Gardening or watering house plants
    99. Memorizing poetry
    100. CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!
    101. Feed the ducks or birds or squirrels, etc.
    102. Draw on the walls
    103. Play with facepaint
    104. Do very Glamerous make-up
    105. Colour with crayons
    106. Memorise a novel or play or song
    107. Put on boots and STAMP
    108. Stretch
    109. Find butterflies
    110. Watch fish
    111. Come up with baby names (even if you’re not pregnant)
    112. Make mashed potatoes
    113. Make a tape of your favorite songs
    114. Name all of your stuffed animals
    115. Go shopping
    116. Get into PJ’s and just veg.
    117. Buy cheap teddy bears and take out anger on them instead of self.
    118. Throw everything (except glass) into the centrer
    119. Go to a loud concert
    120. Play the 15 minute game (say you can’t cut for 15 minutes, and when the time is up, start again)
    121. Plan your wedding / prom
    122. Hunt for stuff on Ebay (you can find ANYTHING there)
    123. Alphabetize your books
    124. Hunt for your perfect home in the paper
    125. Take up Tai Chi
    126. Try to make as many words out of your full name as possible, then do your friends names)
    127. count ceiling tiles/lights
    129. search ridiculous things on the web
    130. color-co-ordinate your wardrobe
    131. do a home tan on yourself
    132. sort all your photographs
    133. color (or scribble) over the pretty women in magazines
    134. plan a dinner party
    135. play with a slinky
    136. but yourself some toys and play
    137. start collecting something
    138. get a tattoo / piercing
    139. play video/computer games
    140. do a trash clean at your local park
    141. Play on a swingset
    142. go out and perform a random act of kindness for someone
    143. call up an old friend
    144. write yourself an “I love you because” letter
    145. put on fake nails
    146. try to build something
    147. re-arrange your house
    148. go to a public place and people watch
    149. go through all your old stuff
    150. go bargain - hunting
    151. smile at least five people (you usually end up smiling genuinely yourself.)
    152. go to the zoo and rename all the animals.
    153. go for a peaceful walk.
  2. NYJmpMaster

    NYJmpMaster Have a question? Message Me Staff Member Forum Owner ADMIN

    Thank you for sharing this MidnightStar - hopefully some will find it helpful.

    Take Care

  3. meaningless-vessel

    meaningless-vessel Well-Known Member

    This is real good.

    I'll list a few that I try to do

    5,8,18,19,38, and 84

    135 made me chuckle lol - haven't seen them about for a while though.
  4. SydneyAnn

    SydneyAnn New Member

    2. i cant do. Ill get in trouble. 5. i have a tumblr blog that i use to write my feelings. its pretty bad. 6. i do all the time. 13. doesn't work. it just makes me worse cause i gain weight. 18. i play 4 interments it keeps me busy. 19 too. 26 is good. 38. music is always on. 60 is my entire life. i am in 2 classes and in compition. do u recemend snapping rubber bands in sted of cutting. ( not a good speelller)
  5. Fleurise

    Fleurise Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much for, I found it today just when I needed it.
  6. Witty_Sarcasm

    Witty_Sarcasm Eccentric writer, general weirdo, heedless heathen

    Some of these I can't do, but good list, thanks for sharing :)
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