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Helpful Distractions

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Gordon_Cooper95

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I'm wondering what other people do to distract themselves from doing any self harm. I've recently started slipping back into old habits and know I need to curb them before it gets worse.

My fiance suggested to me yesterday that I play with a fidget-spinner when I start having certain urges but I forgot it at home. Sometimes I will watch some youtube videos or listen to music but it's hard to do at work because I work on the phones right now.

What do you do to keep your mind from pushing the bad intrusive thoughts and stay focused on staying healthy?
 
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IWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH

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I either listen to the radio or watch netflix. Sometimes I journal or read. I find taking a nice warm cleansing shower can help too. I hope you feel better. :hug:
 
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IWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH

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If you feel too bad and distractions don't help call a crisis line. :nod2:
 
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natalie

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First and formost, I workout to my fitness dvds. They are basically low impact traditional aerobics, or low impact salacise workout dvds.

I also always listen to music and I'll do knitting, a lot, or I'll work on my needle working design big and involved project. Which I have been having many false starts with, so I'll have another go, and get it completed in time for mother's birthday, to present to her.


Now you're not going to like this, when I volunteer, I do try to listen to music, whilst volunteering it's a positive distraction for me, and also to help concentrate on the volunteering.


I'm Natalie, and I am usually around on here, at MHF, Welcome aboard, by the way.


I don't self harm, however, I do suffer with varying kinds of irritibity problems, and I'll sometimes will take a supplment, and or my anti depressant (for something else) to help me via irritiblity.



Best Wishes,


Natalie.
 
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Anon_21

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I have to do something that uses both my mind and hands. Playing a video game is very helpful to me because I can get lost in it until I'm too tired to stay awake and fall asleep with no more bad thoughts.

Tv works if I'm doing something with my hands too, like stitching or drawing or writing or coloring. Then my hands are occupied and the tv distracts my mind.

The fidget spinner is probably a good idea, but dont get too dependent on just one type of distraction or you may panic when you forget it one day and just trigger worse thoughts.

Oh, and another thing I've done is just come here, read other peoples posts and respond. That has been very beneficial as well, both for comfort and distraction.
 
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sunshineandbutterflies

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Oct 12, 2017
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Have you tried journaling, painting, singing, or writing music? I have heard that those things may be helpful. The Hopeline has a great article that I can pass along on the topic if you like. Also, have you heard of to write love on her arms? I hope that you are able to see a counselor and find the healing that you need.
 
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