MHM: Alternatives to Self Harm #2

MHM: Alternatives to Self Harm #2

Hello My Lovelies,

How are you all doing? Monday is over so thats definitely a plus!! I don’t think Ive ever been so tired in my life, my eyes were so heavy today, I was struggling to keep them open. Although considering, I feel like I had a very productive day at work.

So I had a different post idea for tonight but I feel like that needs a little more planning so Im going to give you my next 5 alternatives to self harm. Again, I know these may not work for everyone, but if I can help one person learn to control their self harm urges I will be happy.

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Visit a Friend 

I know it may seem self explanatory but it is honestly one of the best remedies. Even if you don’t want to talk about why you’re upset your friends will want to be there for you. I have a few people who I wouldn’t think twice about calling if I really needed someone.

This may not be an option as you may not have many friends or or you may not want to be around people when you’re in that mindset, I understand this, trust me. Just don’t forget its an option.

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Go on a Run 

EXERCISE!! As much as you want to shout at me right now exercise is amazing for keeping you busy & it is also so therapeutic. I am a couch potato, but I’m currently working on getting a somewhat ready ‘beach body’ for my holiday to Portugal.

Theres definitely something about smelling like an old gym sock & sweating buckets that just makes you forget about everything you were worrying about. This is probably one of the alternatives that work for me the most. 

TOP TIP – The only thing I struggle with is getting the motivation to get up of my ARSE and actually work out. I always get my motivation from Pinterest whether its looking at before & after photos, toned bodies or just clothes you want to look good in, this helps me loads; if you want to give it a go, check out my Motivation Board

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Reminisce

Can you think of anything better than defeating your negative thoughts with happy ones? 

Why don’t you go on your Facebook & look at all those photos you were tagged in from Prom or a family wedding? Or Look in your Mums old photo album of you as a kid. Just think about it for a minute, would you want to hurt that innocent child? …. No?Then why on earth would you think about doing it to yourself now? 

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Ice Cube Method 

Most the time its hard not to harm because you want to have that physical release. This is something I struggle with the most, that pain is a release from the anger, pain and emptiness you’re feeling. 

This method is something that my mentor in high school told me about, quick shout out to her, if she’s reading it she’ll know who I’m talking about. So will most people who went to my school but hey!! 

This is the method where you put an ice cube in your hand and hold it as tight as you can, this acts as the pain. I then added a little extra bit which is smashing the ice cube on the floor (obviously I would recommend outside, I can’t say my mum would be too impressed by a pile of water on the kitchen floor). 

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Scream into a Pillow 

This one sounds so childish. I get that but it can help! If you’re in one of ‘those’ moods. Get a pillow and scream as loud as you can into it, this way no one will hear you screaming but you will get a sense of normality. 

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Don’t forget to let me know if you have tried any of these methods & if you have, did they work for you? I’d love to know. 

Don’t forget this isn’t all of my alternatives, keep your eyes peeled there will be a new post soon. 

Stay Weird … X

Jamie

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