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Trying not to break my streak - May 4th 2018, 04:02 AM

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Today I am two months and two days self-harm free. This is a really big deal because I haven't been above two months in a long time. I am really proud of myself but today I was suddenly hit with this huge load of self-hatred due to something stupid I did and now all I want to do is make myself hurt, the more the better. I'm hanging out with people tonight but tomorrow I'll be alone all day tomorrow and I'm worried I'll relapse. I'm not sure how to keep myself from doing it. I know my DBT skills and I'm trying to use them but it's really hard to stick to them when all I want to do is cut.

I'm not asking for alternatives but instead how to structure my day so SH isn't as much of a temptation.

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Re: Trying not to break my streak - May 4th 2018, 04:46 AM

Does getting out of the house help with temptation?

I know some people are able to avoid self harm when they are in public but I know that doesn't apply to every single person.

I know, for me, getting out of the house helps with the temptation. If the urge is really strong I will participate in activities outside of the house such as seeing a couple of movies, going window shopping or going to a restaurant that I really love.

There are activities that don't require a ton of money as well. I used to love going to a local coffee shop and reading.

Maybe you could try and make plans with friend's or family and that will give you something to look forward too? I know sometimes having something to look forward to helps me because I know if I cut there's a chance I'll go too far and face hospitalization.

Are you someone that benefits from napping? I know when I have struggled with self harm I would nap. That could take up a few hours and when I woke up I would have less intense urges for a while. Once I woke up enough for the urges to come back relatively strong my dad would be home. I know not everyone benefits from naps.

One thought I have and that worked for me is structuring your day around activities that help you cope with urges to a greater extent? If you benefit from walking maybe go for a few walks. If you benefit from being out in public then structure it around that.

I know this is a bit all over the place. I hope it helped and if you want to add more to this than I might be able to add more thoughts.

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