“When you begin to feel worthless, remember that the stars died for you. You are made of elements that are thousands of years old, elements that make up every atom of your being. When you want to cut your wrists, remember that the souls of stars live in your veins. Don’t kill them. Don’t be selfish.”
When we’re in recovery for self-injury, there will be times where you will want to run back to that razorblade/knife. But, here’s some things you can do to distract yourself from cutting.
1) Try the butterfly project. The Rules are: When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker, pen, or sharpies and draw a butterfly on your arm or hand. Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better. You must let the butterfly fade naturally. NO scrubbing it off. If you cut before the butterfly is gone, you’ve killed it. If you don’t cut, it lives. If you have more than one butterfly, cutting kills all of them. Another person may draw them on you. These butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.
2) Call a friend
3) Watch a movie or go on YouTube and watch videos.
4) Draw or paint pictures on how you’re currently feeling. You can also just write your thoughts down on paper.
5) Listen to music. Preferably upbeat, happy music. Do not listen to sad, depressing songs or songs about self-harm or suicide. Those don’t usually help distract you from the urge to cut.
6) Rip up or break something. This will work if you’re cutting out of anger or frustration. It’s better to break or rip something rather than ripping up your skin.
7) Scream into a pillow or punch a stuffed animal. This also is a helpful way to let go of your anger instead of harming yourself.
8) Eat something sugary. Eating sugary foods will give you that “rush” that cutting does. So, keep some chocolate or your favorite candy around!
9) Pick up a book and read. This will occupy your mind and distract your thoughts of cutting. If you don’t like reading books, then find something on the Internet to read. But DO NOT READ ANYTHING ABOUT CUTTING.
10) Meditate. Just sit somewhere comfortable and quiet. Focus on breathing slowly. Take breaths in and out. Clear your mind. Don’t let any negative thoughts come into your mind. Just breathe. You will feel better after doing this. Also, if you are religious, think about God and meditate on the word “Jesus.”