Why DIDN'T you self harm today?
Posted 31 August 2014 - 11:17 AM
I'll kick off, yesterday I got the sweetest letter from my 10 year old sister. It made me cry. She knows a bit about my MH issues and gave me her suggestions to help (like going and staying with them and playing with her to distract me). It stopped me last night, just thinking of the effort she'd put into it
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Posted 31 August 2014 - 08:02 PM
First of all great thread!
and that is really really sweet of her, and a great reason not to SH. Well done It's amazing how grown up and insightful children can be about things like mental health. xx
I didn't self harm today because although it used to be a daily struggle, over the last year of no SH the urges have dropped. I have things I would rather do than sit in A&E getting stitches or roast wearing hot long sleeves in the summer.
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I'm medicated, how are you?
Posted 01 September 2014 - 01:52 AM
I didn't self harm today because, contrary to what my head tells me, I won't die/explode/lose my mind forever if I just sit with an uncomfortable feeling. I'm not saying that it always works or that I am always capable of sitting through the feeling/distracting myself but it's been around a year and a half since I self harmed (in the traditional sense, I still use harmful behaviours though not today) so something is working. Also I don't keep "things" in the house. It just makes it that bit more of a faff when the urges appear. Like Somethingvague, my urges to self harm have massively decreased in both frequency and intensity though.
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Posted 09 September 2014 - 06:57 PM
However bad things are at the moment there is definitely hope for a future without SH for everyone, I think so anyway If someone said that to me a couple of years ago I wouldn't have believed them. I was in a&e every week and if I wasn't in a&e I was seeing the nurse at my GP surgery. I spent the best part of 2 years on different antibiotics to treat infections where I hadn't got wounds treated properly and from my uncontrolled diabetes not letting me heal as well.
I'm trying to think what motivated me to reduce the severity and eventually stop all together. I remember being in absolute agony with my leg when a cut was infected and being signed off work because I couldn't walk properly and thinking to myself wtf am I doing?! I think it's similar to the ED in a way, it just reaches a point where the reasons to stop outweigh the reasons to continue and I was sick of it all basically. I'm not sure if you feel anything like that with your SH atm.
I remember how distressed I used to get when I had urges to SH when I was making an effort to stop and the thought of fighting urges that strong for the rest of my life seemed impossible back then. My cpn at the time told me to take one day at a time and even a minute at a time when things got bad, and that sounds stupid but it worked. The urges are so rare now and nothing like what they used to be.
I hope you find a reason to live SH free (((Ribbon)))
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I'm medicated, how are you?
Posted 17 September 2014 - 06:02 PM
I haven't yet today because I am trying to see what happens if I don't, even if I really really want to. So I'm "distracting" and feeling all agitated and restless and agh but maybe I can learn from getting through it (if?).
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Posted 27 February 2015 - 09:59 PM
I did not self harm today because I love myself.
I did not self harm today because my family loves me.
I did not self harm today because my puppy would be disappointed in me.
I did not self harm today because no matter how much relief self harm can give in the moment, it is nothing compared to the relief felt when you confide in someone you love.
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