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Share your top tips for self-care, coping & avoiding self-harm

The MixThe Mix Posts: 2,482 Community Managers
edited March 13 in Health & Wellbeing
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Hey everyone,

This week it's Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Self-Harm Awareness Day. We thought it would be good to put together a thread where we can all share our top tips for self-care, coping and avoiding self-harm. 

Comment below 5 things that help you when you're struggling. Maybe something on your list could help someone that's struggling. 

We'll be creating a Community top tips guide so if there's something someone has listed that you like, comment on this thread to let us know :) 

- Aife & the team
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  • Millie2787Millie2787 Carer/Craft Lover Posts: 2,243 Mega Poster
    There’s a few that Beth from CAMHS have given me that I sometimes use
    1. Holding ice in your hand ( creates pain without leaving a scar ) 
    2.Drawing on the place you want to Self harm with a red Pen ( simulated blood without attucally self harming and it’s pretty good to be able to wipe it away after )
    3. Draw a Butterfly on where you want to self harm and spray it with hairspray to make it waterproof ( deterrent from self harming as you won’t want to ruin the beautiful butterfly) 
    4. Sleep ! ( if your asleep you can’t do anything and hopefully when you awake the feeling would of passed ) 
    5. Calm Harm app ( encourages you to ride the wave of urges and provides different activities to do , you don’t even have to think of then there already listed ) 
    “ I believe that you have the power to achieve whatever you put your mind too, You are living a life’s most people won’t  ever understand but that’s what will Be the root of all your determination and success. You have a soul full of love and kindness and I just know that despite all the hardship, a life’s of happiness awaits you and I’m very proud of you, just keep holding on” 
  • SkyeIsNotTheLimitSkyeIsNotTheLimit EarthPosts: 86 Miniposter
    1. Pop balloons
    2. Draw, paint or make something - art therapy
    3. Hide objects you'd use - some put them in the freezer
    4. Punch pillow
    5. Message friends or call support lines
    I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent
  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 6,477 The Mix Elder
    edited February 28
    I have so much more than 5 so quite hard

    1- this breathing thing

    2 - reading positive affrimations/quotes

    3 - looking at things around me in loads of detail - colours,texure,shape ect. To focus on present (mindfullness)

    4 watch eastenders - so it makes me feel lil bit better about my own life lool cause so bad & is distraction aswell

    5 - be around people - cause less likely to self harm & be with pets

    “If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care” Marvin J. Ashton
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