Tactics Against Self-Harm


Take a very hot or very cold shower


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Squeeze an ice cube until it hurts


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Go for a vigorous run or swim


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Lift weights


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Go outside and pull weeds


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Tense your muscles for 3 seconds, then release (one muscle at a time)-

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Use body paint in place of self-cutting


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Clean out something that needs heavy scrubbing


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Put on loud music (or soothing music)


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Pour school glue on your skin, let it dry, and slowly peel it off


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Bite a hot pepper, lemon peel, wasabi, or fresh ginger


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Source: “Bipolar, Not So Much”

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