May 9, 2022

Tips for Stopping Thoughts of Self-Harm

Self-harm is a topic that is often difficult to discuss. It can be hard to understand why somebody would want to hurt themselves, and it can be even harder to know how to help somebody who is harming themselves. In this article, we will provide some tips on how to deal with thoughts of self-harm, as well as some information on what self-harm is and how you can treat it.

Overview of Self-harm

Self-harm, also known as self-injury or self-mutilation, is the act of deliberately causing harm to your own body. This usually takes the form of cutting, burning, or breaking the skin with sharp objects. While many people who engage in self-harm do so to relieve emotional distress, others do so without any clear motivation.

There are several reasons why people may turn to self-harm. For some, it may be a way to cope with overwhelming emotions or numbing difficult feelings. Others may use self-harm as a form of self-punishment or to release pent-up anger. Some people also engage in self-harm as a way of feeling more in control of their body or to express their pain and distress.

If you are struggling with thoughts of self-harm, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Professional counseling can help you identify the underlying causes of your self-harm behaviors, as well as provide coping strategies and support that will allow you to overcome these challenges.

Many Struggle with Thoughts of Self-Harm

According to an article by The New York Times, "up to 30 percent of teenage girls in some parts of the United States say they have intentionally injured themselves without aiming to commit suicide." Overall, among both boys and girls, around 18% of teenagers have aimed to harm themselves, mostly by either cutting or burning.

Though it may seem like there’s no way out, there are things you can do to reduce thoughts of self-harm and eventually break the cycle.

5 Coping Strategies for How to Deal with Thoughts of Self-Harm

1. Identify your triggers

When you know what sets off your self-harm urges, you can work to avoid or manage those triggers. For example, if you find that being around people stresses you out, try to take some time for yourself when you're feeling overwhelmed.

2. Distract yourself

If you can't avoid your triggers, try to distract yourself from your urges. This might mean engaging in a mentally challenging activity, watching a funny movie, or taking a relaxing bath.

3. Reach out for support

Talking to a trusted friend or family member can be an effective way to get through tough times without resorting to self-harm. If you don't feel comfortable talking to someone in person, consider connecting with a supportive online community or seeking professional counseling.

4. Practice self-care

Taking care of your body and mind can help you feel better and make it easier to resist urges to harm yourself. Some examples of self-care activities include getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and spending time in nature.

5. Seek professional help

If you're struggling to cope with self-harm thoughts or urges, professional treatment may be the best option for you. A therapist can help you identify and address the underlying causes of your self-harm, as well as develop healthier coping strategies.

Teensavers Can Help

Teensavers runs residential and outpatient solutions for kids with substance abuse and/or emotional and behavioral difficulties. For over 40 years, we have provided a secure home environment that focuses on the correct treatment for adolescents and their families. Our five-phase approach is unique to teensavers. We understand that each teenager is unique and that more than one form of therapy may be required to address their particular requirements.

If you are struggling with thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for help. Teensavers can provide you with the support and treatment you need to overcome this difficult time. You can contact us at any time.


The New York Times

National Institue of Mental Health

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