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My neice and nephew are here for the week and they're already driving me crazy. And this is only day 1. AAHHH!
Edited by: FIGHTERCHICK32 at: 4/3/2010 (21:35)
If you've read the relapse thread you know that I relapsed recently into cutting behavior. I've about decided that the reason for my relapse was that I stopped using other coping mechanisms to deal with stress. It got out of hand . . . and well, you know what the end result was. I guess this is a lesson for me to deal with the stress before it gets out of hand. :)
Good Answers everybody!
I too am learning to handle my anxiety in other ways that are less hurtful (literally). I am making myself have some sort of down time everyday so that I do not have so many physical symptoms.
I have other problems manifest when I don't SI. I am usually in a very depressed or very anxious state when I SI, so not doing it tends to magnify the emotions. No release ramps up anxiety or sends me further into depression. I usually SI at night when I can hide in my room; I try to force myself out of my room to talk to my roommate.
This may sound like an overly simplistic answer, and one that I scoffed at myself many a time....
However, when I started group therapy, a lot of the members talked about "self-soothing" with things like concentrated deep-breathing, meditation, and visualization.
I have started some of these, and it has GREATLY helped when I either get the feeling to SI or start having symptoms of my "other" physical symptom, non-epileptic seizures.
Hope this helps the group. Everyone have a peaceful night!
"Optimism is the Foundation of Courage."
-Nicholas Murray Butler
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
We all know that for us (or most of us) we use self-injury as a way to cope with stress and other unwanted emotions. I have noticed that when I do not relieve myself through SI I end up dealing with other physical complaints (mainly migraines). Does anyone else have this problem? What do you do?