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Harm minimisation tips


Jan 15, 2013
I just saw this on a group I am in on Facebook but thought I'd share. It's not totally the original post because of specifics.

Use a red felt tip pen to mark where you might usually self harm.

Hit pillows or cushions, or have a good scream into a pillow or cushion to vent anger and frustration.

Rub ice across your skin where you might usually self harm, or hold an ice-cube.

Put elastic bands on wrists, arms or legs and flick them instead.

Have a cold bath or shower.

Also there are alternative therapies:

Massage, reiki, meditation, acupuncture, aromatherapy
Bake or cook something tasty.

Clean. (and won’t your folks/housemates be pleased!)

Craftwork: make things, draw or paint.

Dance your socks off.

Eat sweets or chocolate for an instant sugar rush. (but be careful of the dip in your mood once it’s over)

Exercise for a release of endorphins and that feel-good factor.

Forward planning – concentrate on something in the future, like a holiday.

Go for a walk (preferably further than the local pub) If you have a camera, taking pictures of wildlife is very rewarding.

Go online and look at websites that offer you advice and information.

Hang out with friends and family.

Have a bubble bath with lots of bath bombs fizzing around you.

Have a good cry.

Hug a soft toy.

Invite a friend round.

Join a gym or a club.


Listen to music.


Music: singing, playing instruments, listening to. (basically making as much noise as you can)

Open up to a friend or family member about how you are feeling.

Pop bubble wrap.

Phone a helpline or a friend.

Play computer games.

Play with a stress ball or make one yourself.

Read a book.

Rip up a phone directory. (does anyone actually use them these days?)

Scream into an empty room.

Smoke – smokers find that having a fag can help.

Get a good night’s sleep!!!!!!!


Well-known member
Aug 17, 2012
The West Country
There are some really good ideas on here, so thank you for sharing.

I think it's worth choosing the ones that would work for you and maybe even making a little poster with the alternative suggestions on and put it somewhere that you'd have to see it.