How to Cope with Self-Harm Thoughts
Do you know how to cope with self-harm thoughts? Self-injury is a highly stigmatized behavior that is common among people with borderline personality disorder. Self-injury is never a healthy coping skill, and people thinking of self-harm should fight against it by using healthy coping skills. But what healthy coping skills should one use? Here are ways to cope with self-harm thoughts.
Cope with Self-Harm Thoughts Using Healthy Coping Skills
The healthy coping skill to use depends on what is triggering the self-harm thoughts. For example, if you want to self-harm because you think you're a bad person, try reminding yourself of all the good you've done, such as donating money to charity or giving food to a food pantry. Even something minor such as treating another person with respect counts. If you want to self-injure to feel something instead of nothing, try grounding techniques.
Healthy Coping Skills to Avoid Self-Harm
In this video, I discuss how to handle self-harm thoughts.
Oberg, B. (2016, November 25). How to Cope with Self-Harm Thoughts, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, January 30 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2016/11/how-to-cope-with-self-harm-thoughts