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.
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
- 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.)
In recovery for depression, anxiety, SH, and disordered eating.
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 :)
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 😄
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.
[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,
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.
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.
my body betrays me
but i don't betray it back
- the strange boys, doueh
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.