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When It’s Time to Overcome Self-Harm, Prepare Realistically

When It’s Time to Overcome Self-Harm, Prepare Realistically

It may be time to overcome self-harm, but it will probably be hard to do. Here's how to prepare realistically to help overcome self-harm urges. Take a look.

When it’s time to overcome self-harm, you must prepare realistically. Life is one heck of a roller-coaster. That cliché is said time and time again simply because of how true it is. The world we live in hands us moments of happiness and moments of sorrow in the blink of an eye. It is up to us to find ways to realistically handle emotions without getting too comfortable with them because life is always expected to keep on changing. And we need to realistically adjust with those changes when it’s time to overcome self-harm.

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Not Hiding Self-Harm Scars Is an Option

Not Hiding Self-Harm Scars Is an Option

Have you considered not hiding your self-harm scars? If you’re worried others might see them, read this to see how I am not hiding self-harm scars.

Not hiding self-harm scars can be a tough decision. When someone sees a self-harm scar and brings it up, panic often takes over the body and mind of the person who self-harms. Battling the embarrassment that comes with someone questioning a visible scar from self-harm can often bring forward many negative emotions and anxiety. From there, the battle becomes you fighting against your own insecurities. But not hiding self-harm scars is an option.

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Self-Harm and Skin Picking on the Internet

Self-Harm and Skin Picking on the Internet

In this day and age, many people turn to the Internet for answers, including looking for answers on skin picking and self-harm on the Internet. If there are websites and articles that can give you the knowledge you are seeking, why not take advantage of it? It is very easy to grab a hold of answers with the click of the button and to be able to have this kind of power can be thrilling. However, it is important to make sure that the power you hold is positive when it comes to self-harm and skin picking on the Internet.

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Cover Stories for Self-Harm Scars

Cover Stories for Self-Harm Scars

When you are struggling with self-harm, it is very rare that when someone asks about a visible cut or burn, you will answer with the truth. There are the occasional few who will honestly answer that question and admit to their struggle without embarrassment or insecurity. While that kind of behavior does occur once in a while, more times than not people who self-harm use cover stories for self-harm scars.

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More Time for You and Less Time for Self-Harm

More Time for You and Less Time for Self-Harm

I have come to realize how important it is to specifically schedule time to focus on you. When you struggle with self-harm or a mental illness, those battles begin to take over your life. You cannot focus on hobbies and passions with as much ease because those busy, irritating thoughts are clouding your mind. The more you give in to the self-injury urges that surround you, the more time you give up that could have been benefiting your wellness and health. What you might want to focus on is more time for you and less time for self-harm.

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Focusing on Fitness Can Help Prevent Self-Harm

Focusing on Fitness Can Help Prevent Self-Harm

When you’re struggling with self-harm and the symptoms of depression, finding motivation to do anything can be a daily battle. For those battling mental illness, rolling out of bed in the morning can often cause more anxiety than the minutes leading up to a big test or interview. It can be difficult to imagine this intense lack of motivation if someone hasn’t experienced the draining, pulling force self-harm, depression and other mental illnesses can have on a person but what I’ve learned is that focusing on fitness can help prevent self-harm.

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Mood Highs and Lows Affect Self-Harm

Mood Highs and Lows Affect Self-Harm

Many of those who self-harm feel trapped inside their own skin. It can be difficult deciphering what your body is telling you when your own behaviors are unrecognizable. These mood highs and lows can make those struggling with mental illness turn to destroying the skin they feel trapped inside of, hoping those feelings will disappear. However, it can be tough ignoring a fresh self-harm scar and forgetting what brought you to that point of recklessness when it is right in front of you. Even after a quick glance at a recent self-injury mark, a terrific day can turn into a nightmare because of the emotions locked inside the wound. Mood highs and lows affect self-harm behavior.

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Self-Harm Versus Sickness: Your Health is Important

Self-Harm Versus Sickness: Your Health is Important

When you are smack in the middle of a ridiculously frigid winter, you are bound to have health issues thrown at you. Cold weather brings forward the flu, sinus congestion and severe agitation with trying to stay healthy (especially when nothing seems to be working). When you are sick and struggling with stopping self-harm urges, it can be a battle trying to switch the focus from harming your body to helping it. But you need to remember that your health is important. In the battle of self-harm versus sickness, healing the sickness needs to win.

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Self-Harm Flashbacks and the Fear of Falling Back to Self-Injury

Self-Harm Flashbacks and the Fear of Falling Back to Self-Injury

Flashbacks can cause thoughts of self-harm and you could fall back into self-injury. Read about how to deal with self-harm flashbacks to avoid old behaviors.

When you are filled with intense emotion, your brain tends to think in ways your body is not used to. You start to see your surroundings through a foggy lens and your thoughts are not the clearest to decipher. You may think back to a time when you felt similar emotions and that self-harm flashback could cause you to fall back into self-injury.

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You Can’t Put a Band-Aid Over Unhappiness

You Can’t Put a Band-Aid Over Unhappiness

Self-injury is just a Band-Aid, and you can't put a Band-Aid over unhappiness. For the depression that often accompanies self-harm, a quick fix is no fix.

In the realm of self-harm, happiness is sometimes just as much a battle as the fight against self-injury. Maintaining a sense of positivity in your life can be as difficult as turning away from the self-harm urges and triggers that follow your every move. When you are struggling with severe depression, self-harm may become more of an everyday occurrence because it has been the coping skill you have always turned to (even though unsafe and unhealthy). But self-harm is a Band-Aid, and your can’t put a Band-Aid over unhappiness.

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