sh alternatives

college au where alec is a nighttime dj on student radio and no one knows who’s behind the best show on the station and magnus livetweets the show because he loves it so much and listens to it during his night shifts at the campus clinic and it’s not until izzy tells alec about twitter that he realizes he has a fan.

Alternatives to SH

Feel free to add any more you know of so this list can keep growing:

  • Holding an ice cube in the palm of your hand tightly
  • Drawing on your skin with red pen
  • Cutting up paper into paper snowflakes
  • Put an elastic band around your wrist and pull it when you feel yourself needing to SH.
  • Listen to your favourite music, dance, force yourself to be energetic and get the blood pumping around your body.
  • Go for a walk/run.
  • Write write write.
  • Draw something to express yourself.
  • Writing down things which are bothering you and then ripping the paper into shreds
  • Write a poem; rhyming or not, concentrating on the words can help to take your mind off things and express yourself
  • Ask yourself what it will accomplish long term.
  • Go somewhere where there are other people; into the living room with your family, or go outside into town, or into a coffee shop. Anywhere where you are not on your own.
  • If you have a pet, cuddle it. Talk to them.
  • Do something which requires a lot of concentration. You may be surprised to hear it, but even something like revision or homework can help to distract your mind from negative urges.
  • Breathe. Inhale and hold, then exhale and hold. Concentrate on your breathing, and your heartbeat, until you are feeling calmer.
  • Identify one good recent memory, big or small. Focus on that. Then think about the good memories that are to come in the future.
  • Set yourself small goals. For example; I will not self harm for one whole day. Then increase these, step by step, a day at a time. Set yourself rewards; If I reach seven days, I will [something you enjoy, maybe chocolate].
  • Forgive yourself. If you don’t make a goal, that’s okay. Take a deep breath, and try again.

Most importantly, please remember that you are not alone, and you can do this. So many other people are going through the same things right at this very moment.

You can always talk to me about anything at any time.

Stay strong. I believe in you.