Alternatives to Self Harm

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As many psychologists will tell you there are many more constructive ways to relieve tension other than self harm. However if some are suggested to a person who self harms they may think that you are being patronising so be careful. There follows a list of recommended alternatives to self harm, suggested by people who self harm themselves.

  • Using face paints to paint where they usually hurt themselves.
  • Drawing and painting what they feel inside is easier than expressing it in words.
  • Tearing up newspapers. This uses up a lot of strength and anger.
  • Playdoh can take a lot of anger out of a person and can be remoulded and used again. This keeps the person entertained and using their hands, thus helping to take their mind off their problems.
  • Bottlebanks are a great way to smash glass when the need arises, but in a safe environment.

There are many more but these are recommended by self harmers and so they do not seem as patronising as those recommended by people with authority.


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