There are different ways to cope and care for yourself
- Self-care – Try curling up under a weighted blanket and watching your favourite film or hugging a soft toy or pet.
- Get moving and use your senses – Listen to an upbeat tune, dance, exercise, or sing
- Get creative – Write or scribble, make a journal or do some art or make music
- Distract – Use a stress ball or try holding a cold stone or a cushion with different textures
- Relax and soothe – Watch your tummy go in and out as you take deep breaths
- Try mindfulness activities – Have a look at some techniques here
Read our guide to understanding and coping with self-harm here
How can I get help?
Things you might find useful
App designed to help manage the urge to self harm. Download the Calm Harm app from App Store / Google Play. Select ‘West Yorkshire’.Calm Harm
Why do people self-harm?
People self-harm for many different reasons and you may not fully understand why you want to
- For some people it is a way to cope with or express overwhelming emotions or relieve tension that’s just too much.
- Self-harm can also be a way of showing someone how upset you feel.
- It can be a way of feeling more in control, especially if other parts of your life feel out of control or you’re trapped in a difficult situation.
- It can be a way of feeling something when you feel numb.
Have you thought about what triggers you to self harm? This might help you think about how to be better prepared for something similar next time.
Remember that moments will pass, and things can change for the better
Try to visualise the thoughts you have as if they are clouds moving in the sky, coming in and letting them pass.
Or you could try visualising your thoughts as if they are waves, letting them wash onto the shore, and wash away again, noticing that they can come and go.
It can help to make a simple drawing of your visualisation, adding words if you want to, or adding some breath work to help focus on the flow of thoughts coming in and out of the body as you visualise.
Are you a parent or carer?
You may find this guide from University of Oxford useful or the clip below.
If you’re looking for more information to support a young person you care for with their mental health, visit our parent and carers page.