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Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

Games that can help hold off urges to self harm:

These are free and you can play them online. I've only included ones that I'm familiar with, so feel free to add any others!

 

Tetris 

  -https://tetris.com/play-tetris

  -rotate and move falling blocks. Each time a row is filled with blocks, the row disappears. The goal is to stop the blocks reaching the top of the screen but filling as many rows as possible

Color fill

  -https://www.hoodamath.com/games/colorfill.html

  -you start off with a multi-colored square. You can control the color of the top left square, plus any consecutive blocks with the same color. The goal is to take over the whole square with a single color in less than 22 moves.

Grow nano

  -http://www.hoodamath.com/games/grownanovol3.html

  -a cute "grow" game. You look after a little person, and help him recover his health. The goal is to click items in the right order to get him to full health.

•Mouse trap

  -https://www.hoodamath.com/games/mousetrap.html

  -a mouse is on a playing field where you can place hexagonal "walls". Every time you put up a wall, the mouse gets one move. The goal is to place walls in a way that traps the mouse on the field. 

•Stick ninja

  -https://www.hoodamath.com/games/stickninja.html

  -make a stick that's big enough to get the ninja to the next platform without making it so long that he walks off the edge 

•Hooda stacker

  -https://www.hoodamath.com/games/hoodastacker2.html

  -stack all of the blocks in a way that means none fall, to create a stable tower. (If anyone gets past level 29 then well done!! I'm still stuck there...)

•Fancy diver

  -https://www.hoodamath.com/games/fancydiver.html

  -help the diver get to the surface by removing the blocks of coral that are above him before time runs out

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Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

These ideas are awesome!

- Play a categories game (naming types of animals or other things for example).
- Play a game with other people. I like to play .io or multiplayer games. You could ask one of your family members or a friend to play with you.
- Play a relaxing game like Journey, Flower or #SelfCare. I heard that Endless Ocean was a good game for relaxation too but it's a bit old now. I also find clicker games like AbyssRium or Flutter relaxing.
- Put water on your face or hands.
- Do a body scan meditation.

- Watch ASMR videos.
- Accomplish a small task such as a household chore or creating or drawing something. I used to find making loom bands and blowing up balloons relaxing. It could be more useful to blow up the balloons with a pump.
- Sticking stickers into a book.
- Using a heat pack.

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

@WheresMySquishy I love Journey! It's such a beautiful game.

Your post reminded me that there's also a games section in these forums!

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

@Tiny_leaf  I just remembered all those simulation games like Stardew Valley, Story of Seasons, Harvest Moon, My Time at Portia, Animal Crossing and Rune Factory. A lot of them are very relaxing, especially the ones that run on slower time like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life and the ones that involve you talking a lot to the villagers such as Rune Factory. They could be good options to hold off self-harm urges too.

The games section in the forums is also helpful!

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

I've been trying that Hooda stacker! But I can't quite beat level 12.... I think I know how......

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

@xXLexi_Lou122Xx It's so much fun but so infuriating at the same time.. I'll beat it one day..! Smiley Very Happy

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I PASSED LEVEL 29!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

OH MY GOODNESS WELL DONE!!!

How???

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

Does anyone know of coping strategies for seeing something triggering?

Every now and again I'll accidentally come across things in the shops or pictures online of what I used to SH with. It makes me want to do it again every time..

(I'm completely safe, just want to see if anyone has ways of coping with the feeling)

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

@Tiny_leaf  I think grounding exercises and mindfulness might help, as well as reminding yourself that you're safe. If you learn how to do exercises to slow down your breathing, it could prevent you from panicking or hyperventilating. I also found it useful to tell someone I was being triggered so that they could support me.