Things to Try if I Feel the Need to Self-Harm

  • Hold an ice cube in your hand until you can’t hold it anymore
  • Take some deep breaths and try to focus on how the sensations in your chest and stomach change. Emotions are caused by brain chemicals that don’t stay constant, and you may notice that the feeling changes or lessens as you observe it. 
  • Get high-intensity exercise. Exercise can release negative emotions and create relaxation and exhaustion that may give you a break from your distress.  
  • Find someone you can talk to about how you’re feeling who will listen without judgement
  • Share your experience with a supportive peer or adult can be comforting and relieve shame. You don’t have to go through this alone. 

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