Alternatives To Self Harm

as suggested by people that use or have used self-harm as a coping strategy:

 

Listen to music – the louder the better

 

Do some wild dancing to the music

 

Sing along loudly

 

Do some cooking

 

Digging in the garden

 

Be on the net with your mates

 

Do a jigsaw – cause you always want to find that one last piece before you leave it.

 

Use a punchbag

 

Punch some pillows

 

Go for a run/walk/trampoline/exercise

 

Do some scribbling/painting/use clay

 

Write

 

Cry

 

Yell/Scream

 

Hold and/or throw icecubes

 

Call a friend

 

Call a helpline

 

Hug  a pet

 

Hug a teddy

 

Tear up cardboard/newspaper

 

Do riddles/puzzles

 

Hide under the duvet

 

Horse riding

 

Have a bath or shower with nice smelly bubbles

 

Watch a good DVD

 

Read a good book

 

Play the boxing game on the Wii

 

Check that you’re not tired, cold or hungry

 

Build a house of cards

 

Write down your worries, set them aside to be dealt with another time (maybe with your counsellor)

 

Play cards on the PC


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