- Self harm is usually a result of a lot of emotional pain. To release that pain and anxiety, or to feel something because you have been numbed by all the emotional pain, most people engage in self harm. Before hurting yourself, try to take all of that out in a different way, distract yourself. Write about it, talk to someone, listen to music, do whatever it is you have to do to resist the urge.
- I know a lot of times you DO want to engage in this, I know I did, but it will only get more and more addicting. I read this somewhere and I think it will help: "In some cases the urge to harm yourself may be so great that all you can do is to minimize the risks involved. Methods for doing this include holding ice cubes in your palm and attempting to crush them, fitting an elastic band around your wrist and flicking it, or plucking the hairs on your arms and legs."
- If you are doing self harm because you hate your body and you enjoy hurting it. Then learn to embrace your body, avoid mirrors if you hate looking at them, remind yourself that you are beautiful (or handsome) whether you see it or not. This is one of those things that begins with your self esteem, work on your self-esteem because trust me: you are something special.
- Running or exercising can help distract you and let out some steam and emotions. Long runs or long walks help you think.
- Above all, seek help. I know it can be frightening and stressful but you are not alone, you have us and you have tons of professionals out there who would love to help you.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3: 17