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Self Harm If you or someone you know is struggling with self harm and needs advice or alternatives, we're here to help.

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I Slipped . . - November 26th 2011, 03:49 AM

I was doing really well with quitting. I hadn't hurt myself in a few months. The other night, I couldn't get to sleep. I wasn't really thinking about it too much, but I just started running my nail across my wrist. I kept digging into it with my nail until the skin was disgusting, raised, and tender. I never actually drew blood, but it had the same emotional effect on me. There's still a mark there, and it's just mocking me. I don't want to slip back into my old habits.



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Re: I Slipped . . - November 26th 2011, 05:49 AM

I know you're stronger than this. You don't need those old habits. That is your past. Your future could be very bright. I have faith in you that you don't need to keep hurting yourself and slipping up. You did very well with not self-harming for months. I know you can make it even longer. If you need to talk, you can PM me.
   
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Re: I Slipped . . - November 29th 2011, 12:01 AM

Hi there,

This may have been a slip up, but try not to let it bring you down for too long. I know that you are an extremely strong person and certainly have the ability to beat the self harm. Congratulations on making it as long as you did, by the way! I know that you can go even longer. Everyone on TH is there for you. You can do this. Stay strong!


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Re: I Slipped . . - November 29th 2011, 02:56 AM

Hi, I've been there to. Feeling really disappointed after I slipped up. But it's okay, just don't get back in the habit. Being addicted to self-mutilation is really a hard cycle to break out of, but I do believe you are strong enough to overcome it. A trick that helped me was the butterfly method. When you feel that almost uncontrollable urge to cut, you draw a butterfly on your wrist, name it after someone you love, or who loves you and wants you to stop, and if you cut, the butterfly dies.

When you feel like harming, try doing one or more of the following:
Drawing or scribbling on paper
Painting, on white paper
Get a punch bag of some sort to relieve your anger on.
Listening to music that relates to your emotions and has a positive effect on them.
Squeeze ice cubes until they melt.
Writing down your emotions in a diary/journal
Writing songs/poetry
Call a friend, or you can always message me or someone else here on teenhelp.

Remember to love yourself, and that you are beautiful just being you.
   
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Re: I Slipped . . - November 29th 2011, 03:30 AM

Thanks guys. I'm really trying to be strong right now, even though it's killing me.



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