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Help for Cutting & Self-harm - Figuring Out Why You Cut

Understanding why you cut or self-harm is a vital first step toward your recovery. If you can figure out what function your self-injury serves, you can learn other ways to get those needs met—which in turn can reduce your desire to hurt yourself.

Identify your self-harm triggers

Remember, self-harm is most often a way of dealing with emotional pain. What feelings make you want to cut or hurt yourself? Sadness? Anger? Shame? Loneliness? Guilt? Emptiness?

Once you learn to recognize the feelings that trigger your need to self-injure, you can start developing healthier alternatives.

Get in touch with your feelings

If you’re having a hard time pinpointing the feelings that trigger your urge to cut, you may need to work on your emotional awareness. Emotional awareness means knowing what you are feeling and why. It’s the ability to identify and express what you are feeling from moment to moment and to understand the connection between your feelings and your actions.

The idea of paying attention to your feelings—rather than numbing them or releasing them through self-harm—may sound frightening to you. You may be afraid that you’ll get overwhelmed or be stuck with the pain. But the truth is that emotions quickly come and go if you let them. If you don’t try to fight, judge, or beat yourself up over the feeling, you’ll find that it soon fades, replaced by another emotion. It’s only when you obsess over the feeling that it persists.

More help for cutting and self-harm Step 1: Confide in someone

 

Source: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/cutting-and- self-harm.htm


Article Comments

  • "Hi, I'm trying to stop my self-harming habits and I need support."
  • - I.Need.Help. (26th of April 2016, 02:01:22 PM)
  • "Hi, im trying to stop self-harming please help"
  • - beckyboo19 (26th of April 2016, 04:17:24 PM)
  • "Im considering self-harming.. I can see the ways in which it can help... but im too scared to do it."
  • - Lukeyboy1609 (4th of May 2016, 11:00:13 AM)

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