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Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

A list of ideas for safely letting out anger:

 

•ripping/ crumpling up paper

•snapping twigs/ leaves

•destroying a cardboard box

•hitting a pillow or mattress 

•breathing exercises (a simple one is to breathe in for 4 seconds, then breathe out for 4 seconds. Repeat this for as long as you need)

•going into an open space and kicking a soccer ball/ similar (be careful not to hit anyone/ anything)

•scribbling on a piece of paper

•going for a run, jog or walk

•going somewhere quiet and screaming, or screaming into a pillow like @gina-RO suggested

•expressing it through writing or drawing

  •you could write a letter/ message to whoever you're angry with, without sending it

•tearing apart and reforming a ball of play dough/ other dough

•throw a netball/ similar against a brick wall, catch it when it bounces back, repeat (this is a common netball training drill, it can be oddly satisfying)

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

I looove making those little origami puffy stars @Tiny_leaf ! I have jars filled with them in my room, a great distraction and cute reminder of your resilience and strength Smiley Happy

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

I love your ideas @Tiny_leaf @linkinpark13 !

I have a few more:

It's not much fun, but maths works for me (as much as I don't like maths :/) I do questions on simplifying surds and quadratic equations, but whatever works for you is fine!

Invest some money in a heavy duty bag, fill it with clothes, and punch it! It's also a great way to get some exercise. 

Don't know if it is any help to any one, but these work for me!

Have a good day everybody!

love and hugs, 

blobby Smiley Happy

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

This is such a beautiful idea!! Go you!

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

That sounds good @blobby!
I agree @Mcro.

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

I found another one:
Watching comedy!
Particularly the 'Prank Call Meme' in Gacha Life. It's SOOOOOOOOOO HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

A list of grounding strategies:

These are good if you're feeling numb, dissociating or having a flashback or panic attack.

 

•holding an ice cube

•doing a breathing exercise

•eating a very strong mint or sour lolly

•tasting a few drops of chili sauce or lemon juice

•using a lotion, perfume or moisturizer with a good scent

•smelling a block of scented soap or a scented candle

•using essential oils

•naming 4 things you see,  3 things you hear,  2 things you feel  and 1 thing you smell

•listening to music

•singing/ dancing to your favorite song

•using a weighted blanket/ weighted lap pad

•tightly hugging a large pillow or soft toy

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

What wonderful ideas, everyone! Heart Here's some more.:

  • Running yourself a bubble bath.
  • Playing some video games.
  • Working out (even if you get one of those grip trainers and squeeze it for a bit!).
  • Hang out/ cuddle with your pet.
  • Go for a walk or a run.
  • Listening to music (you could listen to some guilty pleasures, or try to find new music to listen to!)

This is mostly how I calm myself, I'll be sure to add some more when I think of them! Smiley Happy

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

@Hozzles Bubbles are great!!

Re: Self harm - coping strategies and alternatives

I try tearing tissues into tiny pieces, or listening to really loud music through my headphones.

 

There are so many useful strategies here - what a great thread!

// Spiral outward, keep going. //