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Tips to help stop cutting

Postby pyewoman » Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:03 pm

Here is my tips for stopping cutting:

1. deep breathing

2. relaxation techniques

3. call a friend, your therapist or a crisis line

4. try not be be alone (visit a friend, go shopping, etc.)

5. take a hot bath, but not to hot to burn you

6. listen to music, turn it up and sing your heart out

7. go for a walk, or jog/run

8. write in a journal, write what you are feeling

9. wear an elastic band around your wrist and snap it when you have the urge to harm yourself

10. some people find it helpful to draw red lines on themselves with washable markers instead of cutting themselves

11. hold ice cubes in your hands - the cold causes pain in your hands, but it is not dangerous or harmful (some people find it relieves the urge to harm themselves for that moment)

12. punching a bed or a pillow (when nothing but a physical outlet for your anger and frustration will work).

13. scratch draw a picture on a thick piece of wood or use a screw driver and stab at the piece of wood. (can be another physical way to release your emotions without harming yourself.)

14. avoid temptation (i.e. avoiding the area in CVS where the razor blades are kept, etc.)

15. try to find your own creative ways as outlets for emotions.

16. learn to confront others/making your own feelings known instead of keeping them inside

17. go outside and scream and yell

18. work with paint, clay, play-doo, etc. draw a picture of what or who is making you angry

19. instead of harming yourself, try massaging the area you want to harm with massage oils or creams, reminding yourself that you are special and you deserve to treat yourself and your body with love and respect

20. go to church or your place of worship

21. wear a pipe cleaner or something that will fit on the places that you injure.

22. break the object that you use to self-injure as a way to show that you have control over it.

23. write a letter to the person(s) that have hurt you and express how they made you feel. Theses letters do not have to be in perfect form and you do not have to please anyone but yourself. You do not have to give these letters to the people, but it is a great way to release the feelings that you are carrying within. After you write the letters, you can decide then what to do with them. Some people find destroying the letters help (i.e. tear them up, throw them in a lake, etc.)

24. do some household chores (i.e. cleaning)

25. do some cooking

26. try some sewing, crossstitch, etc.

27. recite a poem, prayer or anything else familiar the comforts you multiple times

28. write down all your positive points and why you do not deserve to be hurt

29. write in your journal why you want to hurt yourself and if you have hurt yourself, write down what caused it to happen so in the future you can prevent it from happenings - or find out what your triggers were

30. Play some kind of musical instrument. Even if you don't really know how to play, picking out tunes is a way to concentrate and help get rid of the urge to harm yourself.

31. yoga

32. allow yourself to cry. Getting the tears out can make you feel better. It allows the inside to release, as opposed to self abuse. Picture your "ickies" pouring out as you cry.

33. Take a shower or bath

34. write down a word best associated with what you are feeling (i.e. horrible, sad, lonely, angry) and continue to write it down, over and over. Sometimes when you do that, the words looks silly etc., and it puts humor or a smile in your life.

35. sing a song on what you are feeling. It's another way to get it outside.

36. Shout if you are mad, etc. Let the words just come to you.

37. Scribble on paper. Clutch the pen in your fist. It's a way to diffuse it on to paper. (Get a few sheets so they don't tear.)

38. Take item you are self injurying with and use it against something else. For example, if you are using a razor blade, rip it across a towel. Sometimes seeing what "can" be done to an object can make a person think twice about using it on themselves. Can also give the feeling of "doing it"...the tangible aspect.

39. Make a list of reasons why you are going to stop cutting. Every time you get the urge, read the list to remind yourself why you shouldn't. Also remember to put on that list that you do not deserve to hurt yourself. You are important and special and you do not deserve to be hurt.

40. take up a sport (a form of exercise can help you release tension, etc.)

Hope these are useful to you.

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Postby drama_queen » Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:58 am

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow, i could never have thought of all of those tips, whenever i feel an urge I'll keep them in mind!!!!
thx!!!! :D :D :D
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