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Re: stopping SI/tipstricks rubenstein

Posted by B2chica on July 29, 2004, at 14:29:51

In reply to stopping SI (may trigger), posted by rubenstein on July 29, 2004, at 13:05:06

i just gave you a cyber hug cuz this is a tough subject and thank you for posting. i remember (at least for me) it took a lot of courage to post that first time...especially if you haven't done it before. But know that this really is a great community. and Welcome rubenstein.

unfortunately i have not successfully stopped. HOWEVER there was twice that i have stopped for quite a while (for me anyway). the first time was for about two months, 2 week in hospital and three in adult partial, but the rest was all on my own. the next time was after i let out an important "episode" to my T. it lasted about a month i think.
From those experiences i've gathered that sometimes i just's like i just don't need it i guess. All i know is that this is a process, it takes time.
I know for me there is just so much other pain inside me that once i get it "out" once i maybe get some type of handle on it then i can focus on stopping. Until then sometimes it's what stands between me and Death.

Please just take it one day at a time and don't be hard on yourself, and take care of your wounds. This is a safe place to come. Now that i've said all that, here are some tips/tricks i've been told about, some work, some don''s different for everyone.

1.Write in a Journal (this one is very important...i strongly suggest doing this anyway if you aren't already) something creative with your hands, draw, paint, crafts, needlework.

3.use red food coloring to give image of blood on your body.

4.use a red marker (hopefully you pick non-permanant ;^)

5.use music...listen, sing with, scream with...etc.

6.go outside

7.go to a public place (mall, resturant)

and one i like to use is:
8.get active, walk, jog, run...lift weights...etc.

there are two others but to me their ify, to me they still sound like a type of SI but it's less "permanant" i guess:
-get icecubes and hold them in your hands until you can't stand it anymore.
-snap a rubber band on your wrist when the urge comes.

hopefully others will post some other suggestions. My major ones are 1, 2, 5 and 8.

please take care.




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