Abi began self-harming from a young age. Watch her story below to see how she was able to overcome the urge to cut.
Top 10 tips to combat self-harm
1. Tell someone you love and trust that you are self-harming.
2. Write a list of distractions so that when you have the urge to hurt, you can choose a positive thing instead.
3. Try to express any anger you feel by getting involved in a contact sport like maybe rugby, boxing or basketball.
4. Bake something and beat the dough.
5. Wear an elastic band or bobble around your wrist and ping it against your skin to feel pain but without any consequences.
6. Write your thoughts and feelings in a journal or notebook. If you are specifically angry at someone write a letter to them, but do not send it. Once you have finished, rip it up, burn it, release the anger you feel.
7. Draw in red pen Some people find drawing in red pen on their skin helps.
8. Practicing a mindfulness technique, as featured in the video above, can help to calm you.
9. Get a colouring book. Expressing yourself like this can help relieve tension.
10. Get out of the situation, go for a walk, get some fresh air.
11. Hold ice cubes You may find it helpful to hold some frozen ice cubes in your fist until they melt. It will hurt, but the pain will not damage you and could release some of your tension
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