Please note that this entire blog post carries a trigger warning. If reading about depression, self harm and topics that intertwine with this as well as bad mental health on a whole, then please read no further. Take care of yourself first and foremost <3
When it comes to bad mental health, everyone copes in many different ways. One way that people cope is by harming themselves. The momentary physical pain takes away the mental pain, even if only for a few seconds. As an individual who has battled this before, I knew that looking for things to distract yourself is rather important. Today, for Suicide Awareness month, I am going to write a post giving those who struggle, ways to distract themselves. Not all of them will work for everyone, however if I can help just one person, it will be worth it.
1. Use the app Calm Harm.
2. Draw on your arm with pen.
3. Count backwards from fifty.
4. Use an ice cube against your skin.
5. Do some mindfulness colouring.
6. Have a shower.
7. Write about the urges that you are having.
8. Brush your teeth.
9. Squeeze something tight in the palm of your hand.
10. Tidy your room.
11. Hug something that you love.
12. Read a book.
13. Change your surroundings if possible.
14. Have a good cry.
15. Call or text a person that you trust.
16. Wash the dishes.
17. Wash your arms in your favourite body wash.
18. Draw butterflies where you feel like harming yourself.
19. Move around.
20. Have a dance party to yourself and dance like no one is watching.
21. Listen to some non-triggering music.
22. Scream and yell.
23. Put on fake tattoos in places you would normally harm yourself.
24. Scribble on sheets of paper.
25. Water any houseplants or plants in your garden.
26. Tear up toilet paper.
27. Throw socks against the wall.
28. Watch your favourite television show.
29. Paint your nails.
30. Do a crossword or sudoku puzzle.
31. Alphabetise your dvd’s.
32. Talk to yourself and record it on your phone.
33. Play a musical instrument.
34. Complete something that you have recently been putting off.
35. Make a cup of tea.
36. Reorganise the clothing in your wardrobe.
37. Count to 100.
38. Make a list of all the good things in your life.
39. Break sticks.
40. Go for a run, jog or walk
41. Stomp around in heavy shoes.
42. Scribble on photographs of people in magazines.
43. Do a jigsaw puzzle.
44. Put on a face mask and pamper yourself.
45. Play with and get cuddles off your pet.
46. Watch funny YouTube videos.
47. If you feel safe too, light a candle and watch the flame flicker.
48. Read positive and uplifting quotes.
49. Splash your face with cold water.
50. Make a collage out of newspaper, magazine and catalogue cut outs.
I hope some of these alternatives from self harm can help distract you. You are beautiful and deserve all of the light and happiness. If you feel like you need help, please reach out to a friend, family, someone you trust or even a counsellor. They can help you through the dark times.