Self-harm is when somebody intentionally punishes their body as a way of coping with or expressing emotional pain.
People who self-harm have very low self-esteem to the point that some even feel that they deserve to die. Over half of people who commit suicide have a history of self-harm.
Some people may be self harming themselves but may not accept that they are. Self harming includes the following:
• Cutting yourself
• Poisoning yourself
• Over-eating or under-eating
• Biting yourself
• Picking, scratching or burning your skin
• Piercing your body with objects
• Hitting yourself or walls
• Substance misuse
• Abnormal eating habits
• Physical over exertion
• Pulling your hair
• Getting into fights where you know you will get hurt
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Acknowledge you self harm
Many people who self harm either don’t realise that they’re doing it or refuse to accept that they are. The first step in trying to address it is to be honest with yourself and accept it. Remember, self harming is extremely dangerous. Many times it starts off with something that seems quite mild like pinching yourself but things can rapidly escalate to the point that it can lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
Understand the cause
There is always an underlying reason for why you feel the need to self harm. Think about what brought it on. How things got to this stage. Then, carefully unpick all these issues and question whether it is right to punish your body? The answer is that you are too precious to allow yourself to be hurt.
Appreciate your body
You are amazing and so is your body. no one has the right to harm it: not even you!. So, instead of hurting yourself as a way of trying to come to terms with something, do the opposite. Now is the time more than ever to look after yourself. So treat yourself, smarten up, engage in some well deserved self indulgence.
When you feel the urge to self harm then being productive and doing something positive will not only keep you busy but will make you feel better. So, do something you enjoy: bake a cake, build something, paint, draw, help someone.
Build self Esteem
Check out our Confidence and self esteem section for lots of useful tips on how to boost confidence and self esteem.
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