6 Valuable Tips For Preventing Self-Harm

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Although I’ve lived with mental illness my whole life, I am not a medical professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclaimer.

WARNING: This post is graphic in nature and can be very triggering to those who self-harm.

I am no expert at managing self-harm. In fact, up until recently I was battling a severe self-harm addiction.

This post contains 6 tips I’ve used to help prevent self-harm. Unfortunately, maybe not all of these are going to work you. And what might work one time may not work the next.

But please, please do not give up. Always try your best to keep fighting. Relapses happen. We’re all human. That’s why it’s important to remember that every day is a new beginning. Always remember, the sun must set to rise.

Look below and see how I’ve been able to beat my self-harm addiction:

6 Tips for Preventing Self-Harm


Whenever you get the urge to self-harm, tell yourself, “If I still want to hurt myself in ten minutes, then it’s okay for me to do so.”

In the meantime, distract your mind and your body. You can download a free printable of 100 Self-Harm Alternatives to find some distractions.

I guarantee that after ten minutes, the urge will have gone down almost completely.


Music is going to be your best friend in times you feel like you can’t control.

I recommend picking music that focuses on soothing melodies and peaceful lyrics. You can even look up the lyrics to the song and sing along to it.

I’ve talked a lot about music on my blog. Check the links below for music I recommend.

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The overwhelming pressure of keeping in our emotions is exactly why we feel like we need to hurt ourselves in the first place. Energy needs to be released in some way

You can write down what you’re feeling in your journal. Write a poem, or write a song. You could even draw out what you’re feeling.

If none of that is working, why not yell, scream, punch a pillow, and swear your little heart out?


You might not feel it right now, but you have amazing qualities. Qualities that make you unique and special.

Write out these positive traits down in your notebook. You can even write them on Post-Its and stick them all around your room and on your mirrors.

Focus on traits about yourself that you like about yourself. I know it might be hard, but dig deep.

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If nothing else seems to work, lay down and close your eyes. Whether it be you going to bed or taking a nap, your mind will eventually be taken to a place where you’re not obsessing over trying to get the pain out.

There have been plenty of times when I’ve gone to sleep when the energy was just too much. I woke up the next morning grateful that I didn’t injure myself the night before.


Talking about your urges and what you’re going through is a great way to relieve your emotions.

Try confiding in a close friend or family member. If you feel like you have nobody to talk to, I’ve included some amazing resources down below.


Online Resources:
Phone Resources:
Online Therapy:
  • Better Help: Affordable online counseling
  • MyTherapist: Therapy through video chat, phone calls, or online messaging
  • Pride Counseling: Specifically geared from members of LGBTQ+
  • Faithful Counseling: Specifically geared for Christians

Do you have any tips that help you from self-harming?

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