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Alternatives to Self-Harm That Actually Worked for Me

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As somebody who spent years struggling with self-harm, I often found myself completely discouraged with the cycle I was trapped in.

Many of the options on the lists I was given of alternatives to engaging in self-harm did not work for me. Most of the alternatives were distraction options, for example, like listening to music or watching a movie.

These never calmed the obsessive need to release what I was feeling inside. For me, self-harm not only gave me a physical release of the pain I felt inside, it also gave me a distorted belief that I was in control of how and when I would feel pain.

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