Want to stop self-harming?
If you want to stop self-harming, here are some suggestions to help.
Alternatives to self-harm
It can be hard to stop self-harming immediately.
If you're using a dangerous method of self-harm. you might be able to start by replacing it with a safer one, like:
- Holding ice or plunging your hands into cold water.
- Taking a cold shower.
- Writing positive words on the parts of your body where you normally harm yourself.
- Eating spicy food.
Distraction techniques can help you resist the urge to self-harm until the feeling passes.
Try writing a list of suggestions you can refer to when you feel the urge to self-harm. It might include reading, listening to music, drawing or colouring, watching television, cleaning/tidying, or playing with a pet.
Other ways to express emotions
To stop relying on self-harm, you might need an alternative way of expressing emotions.
See our list of suggestions here.
Treating the cause not the symptom
Ultimately, we self-harm in response to a feeling. You can reduce your self-harm by understanding the feelings behind it and by working towards feeling better. This will take time, but you are not alone.
We have resources you can use to understand your feelings.