I don't really have coping skills other than sleep. I have tried journaling, but that usually leads to me cutting. I tend to have circular thoughts. And, the more my thoughts circle, the stronger the desire to cut is. At the yearly review, my therapist actually took journaling off as a coping skill because he doesn't feel it is effective either. So, when I want to cut, the only way to keep from doing it is to sleep. But, I already sleep about 12 hours a night on average. Some nights I sleep 14 hours.
I can't believe I hadn't responded to this earlier. Maya those are fantastic ways to stay busy and keep your mind off the urge to hurt yourself. I love snuggling my cat when I'm feeling down. An animals love can really make a difference in your mood.
Since getting a puppy, if I'm feeling really down or want to cut, I cuddle with her a lot. She is a super cuddly dog and loves hugs. I will also brush her. I try to find things to do with my hands that take a lot of focus. I make tiny origami cranes, I do beading projects, I paint my nails.....things like that. I mostly want to cut during certain times of the day, so knowing that I can usually have some things around to keep my fingers busy
I have what I call a "God Box". When I am feeling really down, or really want to cut myself, I write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the box. On especially hard days, I will do this several times a day. Sometimes I am hurting so bad I rip the paper when I write on it. It's just a physical way of handing over my pain. After a while goes by, I look in the box, and at how many times I made it through and I have an overwhelming sense of strength and gratitude...
Running and/or listening to music. Reading is great too. I love to listen to positive and uplifting music like what is found on my favorite Christian music station, LIFE 101.9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (life1019.com - you can listen to it anywhere, streaming.) Tobymac is one of my favorites. I also love classic rock like Tom Petty and guitar-heavy stuff like +44... indie like Phoenix. Love it. :)
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