Keep A Journal

A journal’s not just for writing about who you’ve got a crush on, or what you had for lunch today. Taking the time to stop and write down everything that’s happened in your day can be a good way to work through everything that’s happened and get it out on paper. Seeing everything in front of you can help you make sense of what’s happened to you and understand what to do about it.

Try keeping a record of every time you feel the urge to self-harm. Take a note of the sort of things that happened, like who you spoke to, what you were doing and how you felt. Then look for a pattern. Is there a particular person who winds you up to the point of self-harming? Maybe there’s a specific place that makes it worse? Is it always the same time of day?

Once you know what it is that’s triggering you to self-harm, you can start to do something about it. Maybe it’s avoiding a certain person or place, or making sure you’re not on your own at a particularly hard time of day.

You also might find our Self-Care Spectrum helpful. It’s a way to spot which areas of your life might be causing a problem.

It’s important to find what works for you. If this doesn’t help, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to cope. See other ideas of things to try.


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