Sometimes you just need an immediate distraction from the urge to self-harm. And that could be pretty much anything. It could be as boring as doing some homework, or it could be something creative like drawing a repetitive pattern, it could even be something simple like singing and dancing along to your favourite song. Anything to keep your mind and hands busy for now.

You could try setting yourself a goal of not self-harming for 5 minutes, or until you’ve finished a level on a game, or until you’ve listened to a whole album. You might even find that by the time you’ve finished that level or reached the last song, you’re distracted by what you’ve been doing, and don’t want to self-harm any more.

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