I’m going to place a trigger warning on this post for anyone who suffers with self harm. I urge you take care with reading this post. If you are easily triggered I urge you to skip this post or read with caution.
If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or feel as though you are unable to keep yourself safe. I strongly urge you to contact either Samaritans on 116 123 or Mind on 0300 123 3393.
This week has been particularly difficult for me. It’s been just over a month since I have self harmed. I’m feeling particularly proud of myself, it’s been a tough month to say the least!
The thoughts are definitely still there, but I’ve been working on getting some alternatives in place for when I feel urges to self harm. Again, I’m super happy with the progress I’ve made over the past month!
I’ve been paying extra attention to what exactly triggers me. Whether that being objects, people, situations; I’ve made it my mission to identify what triggers my thoughts of self harm. Once I’m aware of my triggers, it’s easier to avoid being triggered in the future.
I won’t go into detail of the things that trigger me. I will however talk about how I deal with triggering situations.
- Cold shower (works the same as ice)
- Go for a walk
(Fresh air can clear your mind – I also particularly like standing outside in the rain, it can be quite refreshing)
- Do yoga
(Writing is a great way to get your feelings down and out of your mind)
- Speak to work about how I feel.
- Use ice. (This is great as it’s painful but not in a harmful way. It also numbs my arm. I would strongly suggest trying this when you are getting strong urges to SH)
Out and About:
- Take yourself away from the situation.
- Go to somewhere you feel safe.
- Listen to music.
Of course any of these can apply to any place or situation but these are just the ones that I have been using. 🙂
It’s important to keep yourself safe.
You are loved, cared for and wanted. It’s important to look and identify the positives that you have in your life. Focus on them and write a list of the reasons you stay alive.
As always, my e-mail is always open for those of you who want to talk.
– Hannah ❤