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Three Ways to Manage Self-Harm Urges During the School Day

Three Ways to Manage Self-Harm Urges During the School Day

How do you manage self-harm urges at school? Here are three ways to deal with them and learn something about yourself, too. Take a look.

When I was first in self-harm recovery, school was one of my major triggers. Back to school anxiety always make me fear I was going to relapse. With all of the due dates, friend drama, and the pressure to do well in my classes, school was a very stressful time for me. I had a very hard time managing my self-harm urges when I was in high school, but when I started self-harm recovery in college I started to find some healthier coping skills to handle the stresses of life. In this blog post, I am going to be sharing with you three things that helped me manage my self-harm urges while in school.

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Why is Self-Injury So Prevalent in Borderline (BPD)?

Why is Self-Injury So Prevalent in Borderline (BPD)?

People want to know, why is self-injury so prevalent in borderline personality disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health’s website, borderline personality disorder (BPD) consists of unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, with trouble regulating emotions and thoughts while exhibiting impulsive behavior. Another characteristic of BPD is self-injurious behaviors and increased suicidality. Cutting and other forms of self-harm are so prevalent in borderline that they seem to have become indicators of it. Of course, not everyone who self-harms has BPD, and not everyone with the disorder self-harms. However, it is widely prevalent. And I, myself have been given the borderline diagnosis probably because I cut myself.

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Handling a Self-Injury, Self-Harm Relapse

Handling a Self-Injury, Self-Harm Relapse

Handling a self-harm relapse can seem impossible, but it isn't. Learn how to handle a self-harm relapse and get back on track for recovery. Read this.

Handling a self-harm, self-injury relapse can seem impossible after you’ve done all the work that goes into recovery. After all, recovering from self-harm is a long and harrowing process, but it is possible to go into full recovery and when you do, it is one of the best feelings you can experience. Struggling so long with the issues, reasons, and various feelings and emotions that lead to self-injurious behavior can leave us downtrodden and ready to give up. Not giving up gives us a sense of purpose and drive. We are trying to accomplish the major goal of overcoming a self-injury addiction. But with all addictions, there is the possibility of relapse. How do you handle a self-harm relapse?

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Celebrating and Being Proud of Self-Harm Recovery

Celebrating and Being Proud of Self-Harm Recovery

Feeling proud and celebrating self-harm recovery can help keep us in recovery. Here's how to feel proud when you recover from self-harm and celebrate.

The shame of self-harm can make it difficult to celebrate and feeling proud of our self-harm recovery, no matter how long or short we have gone without self-injuring. Others factors, such as self-harm stigma, can also keep us silent and regretful, even when we have every reason to be proud. It is essential to celebrate our self-harm recovery, as it helps prevent relapse and keeps us moving in the right direction.

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Social Media and the Desire to Self-Harm

Social Media and the Desire to Self-Harm

Social media can affect one's desire to self-harm. Sometimes the negative feedback on social media is what pushes a person's desire to self-harm over the edge.

A desire to self-harm can be affected by social media. It is sad that most wars have been over something as simple as differing beliefs. I have never been into politics or religion (I support believing in whatever your heart holds to be true), but it does bother me when someone expresses a belief and they get attacked because of it. Whether that attack is verbal, physical or online, it still hurts those who aren’t secure or confident in the skin they wear. Sometimes the pain caused on social media can translate into self-harm.

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Make Memories, Not Scars: Reminiscing Without Self-Harm

Make Memories, Not Scars: Reminiscing Without Self-Harm

Reminiscing without self-harm can be hard but you can make memories without scars. With the social media today, practically every step you take is recorded. Whether you are tagged in photographs from the night before or you tweet about the meal you had, life is not a secret anymore. Technology has made it so you cannot forget some of the memories from your past because, well, they may show up on an app or in an online journal or blog you forgot about. Sometimes the most difficult memories are the ones that crush you without warning and reminiscing about these memories can cause self-harm.

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Alcohol and Self-Injury: A Dangerous Cycle

Alcohol and Self-Injury: A Dangerous Cycle

Alcohol and self-injury definitely don’t mix and can lead to serious consequences. As you may know, self-medicating is a way many people with mental illness deal with the symptoms of their disease. I have fallen into this trap multiple times with heavy drinking. Of course, choosing to self-medicate over a doctor-prescribed treatment is never a good idea, but alcohol can intensify our feelings when we are already suffering from the addiction of self-harm. We may hurt ourselves worse than we ever thought we could, which is exactly what I did.

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Use Bright Color to Fight the Dark Stigma of Self-Harm

Use Bright Color to Fight the Dark Stigma of Self-Harm

Many believe the stigma that those who self-harm live a dark, secluded life. This isn't always so, and we can fight that self-harm stigma with bright color.

Did you know you can use bright colors to fight stigma of self-harm? Many people who are not educated about self-harm often picture the addiction in a cliché light. Some may think those who self-harm always wear dark clothing, seclude themselves and are suicidal. Of course, those are simply dark self-harm stigmas that the world has unfortunately thrown at people who self-injure.

Since everyone has his or her own story of struggle, you must fight self-harm stigma and get to know the addiction without cliché expectations. One way to fight the darkness of self-harm stigma is with bright colors.

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Let Karma Help You Stop Self-Harming

Let Karma Help You Stop Self-Harming

Can karma help you stop self-harming? I think it's possible and here's how to stop self-harming using karma. Check this out.

I am not a very religious person (Self-Harm and Karma: My Religion of Choice). I do not follow a specific religion or promote any kind of religious beliefs. I think everyone is welcome to believe what he or she wishes to believe, but as for me – I typically stay away from religion. However, if I were to believe in any kind of religion, it would be karma. It is very possible that karma can help you stop self-harm.

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Surviving the Stressors of Life Without Self-Harm

Surviving the Stressors of Life Without Self-Harm

You can survive life stressors without turning to self-harm.

Life is filled with many turns and twists. One week you may feel confident and secure when the next you may be late paying back a loan or forget to study for an exam. You truly never know what to expect from day-to-day and sometimes that mystery brings forward more stress than needed. Even the most organized individual can feel overwhelmed by a simple, daily task when they don’t see it coming. When you feel as if the world around you is bringing more chaos into your environment than stability, an anxiety attack very well may occur but you can deal with this stress without self-harming.

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