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Old 26-08-2014, 05:55 PM   #261
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It's been 11 years since I last SH (only one or two slip ups). What really helped was visualizing the reaction of someone who really loves me if they saw me. Also, occupying my hands with other things, going for a walk (even pacing) or just generally moving around or doing an activity that prevented me physically from being able to SH, and could also cause endorphin release to help feel better such as running.

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Old 26-05-2015, 01:28 PM   #262
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I found card making, playing a musical instrument or doing a jigsaw helpped me as it kept my hands busy. For keeping my mind busy I did sudoku puzzles, word searches and other puzzles like that.



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Old 31-05-2015, 12:49 AM   #263
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freerice.com
it's a great distraction. you answer academic questions to give free rice to starving kids.



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Old 24-06-2015, 04:58 AM   #264
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freerice.com
it's a great distraction. you answer academic questions to give free rice to starving kids.
Love this! Some things that I do include:
- chew gum
- crochet
- paint my nails
- scribble on a piece of paper
- do squared breathing (in for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, out for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, etc.)



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Old 11-10-2015, 06:25 PM   #265
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well, this weekend i wanted to SH so instead i printed out a bunch of inspirational quotes and glued them to my therapy folder. it was nice seeing those quotes and it was a craft to get my mind off things :)



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Old 11-10-2015, 11:35 PM   #266
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I write in a diary. Getting things down on paper when you feel as though you have nobody to talk to helps me a lot.

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Old 13-10-2015, 03:44 AM   #267
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I am still dealing with the urges but I found that the best way to deal with it is to listening to your favorite music or writing or drawing how you feel really helps. I hope these methods at least sort of work for you guys 😄

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Old 18-12-2015, 09:31 PM   #268
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2 1/2 yrs SH free now, but still use my strategies, favourites include 'just dance' game, going for a walk and counting red cars or mindless games like candy crush :)

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Old 09-01-2016, 08:40 AM   #269
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Old 01-02-2016, 01:21 AM   #270
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Video games, good distraction and fun.
Drawing, really helps me express emotions and makes me feel like I'm doing someone constructive.

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Old 18-03-2016, 11:31 PM   #271
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same. i ride my bike a lot and it keeps my mind off things

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Old 28-03-2016, 08:26 PM   #272
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using my soothe box, getting a bit of peace in my room, the bathroom is out of bounds lol, chatting to staff. taking prn.

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Old 02-06-2016, 07:58 PM   #273
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Tattoos works for me

Beside that stay sober and don't do drugs

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Old 04-06-2016, 12:10 PM   #274
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By rewarding yourself for achievemtns you've done. For instance if you've gone a week free then reward yourself. Then say to yourself you will rewward yourself if you do another 2 weeks etc. Giving you something to focus on and also the reward being something you really want.

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Old 04-06-2016, 01:22 PM   #275
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[quote=greyhopper;4038696]By rewarding yourself for achievemtns you've done. For instance if you've gone a week free then reward yourself. Then say to yourself you will rewward yourself if you do another 2 weeks etc. Giving you something to focus on and also the reward being something you really want.[/

so when my friends come over I have them write encouraging messages to me. They help me to remember that there are people who care. I'm pretty sure the paint can be found at either a local craft store or hardware store. I'm not quite sure where my dad got it,

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Old 08-06-2016, 06:15 AM   #276
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same. i ride my bike a lot and it keeps my mind off things
yes thats the same situation i have when i ride my bike a lot and it keeps my minds off things and its so amazings

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Old 08-06-2016, 07:10 AM   #277
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One of the most effective mind distraction thing is playing video game. You can play it hours-together without getting bored. However, you must keep in mind the health of your eyes. Give it a rest by rubbing your palms and applying them on your eyes for few seconds. It gives the eyes great relief.

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Old 16-08-2016, 06:03 PM   #278
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I find playing a video game that easily absorbs my attention really, really works. But then I end up spending 4 hours on a game : )

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Old 05-09-2016, 05:23 AM   #279
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I have been sh free for quite some time now but on occasion I struggle a bit. One thing that I've recently discovered, which I find to be very therapeutic in any circumstance, is making pompoms. Typically if I am out of the house I will sketch. I carry a sketchbook with me everywhere and it helps me to focus and it keeps my hands busy. However, if I'm at home or work I will craft pompoms. I have small discs (and large discs) and lots of yarn to create them and the end result is always rewarding.



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Old 23-03-2018, 04:42 AM   #280
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Even though I've been SH free for almost a decade, I still have days where I need to pull out a few of my old tricks, and a couple new ones: Immersing myself in a book, cranking music up and just dancing, or looking at the tattoo I got when I hit my four year free mark help. As does cuddling with my rescue cat, or more and more, running.



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