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Lightbulb Clean! (And an alternative I found) - April 3rd 2018, 08:06 PM

Just thought maybe I could just share this wth everyone...
I haven't self-harmed in about 2 weeks. I still very much want to hurt myself,
but I'm trying to control myself from picking up [Edited] or a [Edited]. I saw something on Pinterest that has kind of helped me. It is called the Butterfly Project. What you do is every time you feel like self-harming, you draw a butterfly on yourself. You have to let the butterfly fade away naturally. If you hurt yourself, then the butterfly dies. If you have multiple butterflies and self-harm, they all die. You can also name the butterfly after a loved one, or have a loved one draw the butterfly so it is extra special. Even if you don't self-harm, you can still participate and name the butterfly after someone you know who self-harms.
I have multiple butterflies and they are fading away naturally. I'm just a little bit proud of myself for not harming myself because when I do, it's pretty bad.

I hope this alternative I found can maybe help other people~

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Re: Clean! (And an alternative I found) - April 3rd 2018, 09:06 PM


I think it's great you have been able to go without self harm. I know it's not easy and you should be so proud of yourself. I hope that you are able to keep it up. One thing I will say is that if you happen to relapse don't beat yourself up about it. I only mention this because I was two and a half years clean back in 2015 and had a relapse and was hard on myself. Being hard on myself led to me to continue with the self harm instead of recovering again. Just remember relapses can happen and they can help us learn more about our triggers and the best ways to cope.

We also have Alternatives and Coping Methods resource if you'd like to look at that. A lot of the time it can help to have more than one alternative to self harm and my hope is that some of those listed on that page will help.

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Re: Clean! (And an alternative I found) - April 4th 2018, 03:11 PM

It is awesome that you've been able to stay free from self-harm. I hope you are proud of yourself. I have heard of the butterfly project before and it seems like a pretty cool thing to do when you are struggling. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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