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Self-Harm and Pinterest: A Safe and Positive Distraction

Self-Harm and Pinterest: A Safe and Positive Distraction

Many people who self-harm use it as a way to distract themselves from the stressors surrounding them. By focusing on the physical harm they are doing to their body, they do not focus on what was emotionally or mentally draining them. However, self-harm is not the kind of distraction people should use when trying to redirect their negative thoughts.

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Self-Harm, Self-Identity and Staying True to You

Self-Harm, Self-Identity and Staying True to You

We all struggle with insecurities and maintaining confidence. Even the most confident individual feels flawed and anxious from time to time. It’s difficult to constantly look in the mirror and tell yourself how beautiful you are without finding something to bring you down. For those who have self-harm scars marking their skin, it can be more than difficult to accept the person you are and to see the strengths you hold.

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Self-Harm and Dry Skin: You Cannot Pick Away the Cold

Self-Harm and Dry Skin: You Cannot Pick Away the Cold

Cold weather brings dry skin, and dry skin can bring self-harm urges. Prepare yourself to deal with self-harm triggers this season. Consider these ideas.

When seasons change, so do our bodies. Our bodies become shocked when temperatures go from sunny and warm to windy and cool and it often takes a toll on our physical and mental wellbeing. Sometimes allergies tend to act up and skin goes from being soft and tan to blotchy and dry, and the flu begins it’s season. Along with physical health issues, our mental health takes a toll as well when seasons change.

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The Game of Self-Harm: Same Game, Different Levels

The Game of Self-Harm: Same Game, Different Levels

We’ve heard the saying before: We all have baggage. Some people have baggage regarding their home lives or personal relationships. There are people who have dealt with the death of a loved one or a painful disease. No matter the case, everyone has something that clings to them and hands them anxiety from time to time. Some people can handle those situations well, while others become angry or destructive towards themselves and others. Sometimes baggage can cause self-harm.

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Self-Harm and Plastic Surgery: Your Skin Is Not Botched

Self-Harm and Plastic Surgery: Your Skin Is Not Botched

In the realm of reality television and social media, people on shows about plastic surgery and ways to change your body have become royalty. People have a genuine interest in following the lives of absolute strangers just to imagine how it would feel to have their skin sculpted into anything they wish. You’ve seen shows and read articles about people getting surgery to look like Barbie dolls or celebrities. Not only is it frightening to get that much surgery, it is sad that people don’t feel comfortable enough in their own skin and appreciate who they are.

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Strength Can Grow From Difficult Self-Harm Memories

Strength Can Grow From Difficult Self-Harm Memories

We all revisit places from our pasts to remember the memories connected to them. Someone may swing on a childhood swing set to feel a sense of innocence and someone else may revisit an old tree they used to climb to get back that sense of adventure. Memories stick to everything around us and when we least expect it, the feelings connected to those memories can erupt and, at times, overwhelm and possibly lead to self-harm.

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Halloween, Self-Harm and the Fascination with the Color Red

Halloween, Self-Harm and the Fascination with the Color Red

Being the season of witches, zombies, vampires and clowns, anything is possible. Strange, odd pranks are expected and people wait hours, huddled together in blankets, to spend twenty minutes on a haunted hayride. (I recently experienced this and it was more than worth it.) However, along with carefree traditions and stomach aches from candy overdose come aspects of Halloween that sometimes bring anxiety and unsafe thoughts to those overcoming self-harm: scars and the color red.

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Retracing Your Steps Can Lead to Fresh Perspectives on Self-Harm

Retracing Your Steps Can Lead to Fresh Perspectives on Self-Harm

We all have moments where flashbacks occur and we want to give in to the unsafe triggers around us. However, even though flashbacks can be haunting to those who self-harm, they can also make you realize how far you have come and how much you have grown. If you look at your past with a positive mindset, even if the past you are looking back at is negative, you may be able to gather a fresh perspective.

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Insecurity Can Lead Self-Harmers Down Roads of Self-Injury

Insecurity Can Lead Self-Harmers Down Roads of Self-Injury

Feeling as if you are out-of-the-loop with a group of friends or co-workers always brings insecurities to the forefront. The idea of feeling left out does not end in high school or college – it continues through adulthood. Even though many can push feeling left out aside, those with a mental illness often have more difficulty when it comes to doing just that. It all comes down to one word and emotion: insecurity. And insecurity can lead to self-harm.

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“Sharp Objects” Recognizes Different Forms of Self-Harm

“Sharp Objects” Recognizes Different Forms of Self-Harm

I’ve stated many times how helpful books can be when overcoming self-harm. There have been numerous books I have discussed that helped me when I was struggling to understand my own addiction to cutting. In a world where self-harm is seen by many as taboo, it is good to fall into a story where the topic is relatable and real.

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