How do people stop?

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I haven’t cut for two months but I’m very close to doing it again. How can I prevent this from happening?

Category: asked October 1, 2013

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Wow, that's an amazing effort. You're doing fantastic. Well dome. for your question, find new ways to distract yourself. It could something stupid like going on Omegle and chatting to people. It doesn't have to be things like going for a walk or reading, unless you want to of course, but I'm sure you've heard that one before. Buy a cake mix and some decorations, or even find your own recipe, have all the ingredients ready to do and when you feel like you're about to break, bake an awesome cake, or cookies, or even get more creative and create something out of the box. If you like craft, look up some thing you can make with everyday objects and do that. Maybe you could buy some packs of temporary tattoos, and when you feel close to breaking point, apply as many as you want in the area which you would harm yourself. There's so much you could do, just think outside the normal box of distractions. Remember though, overcoming self-harm isn't determined by how many days you go without it. You aren't recovered after 200 days. It's not as simple. Overcoming self harm is about replacing the self harm with healthy coping strategies and eliminating the urge to hurt yourself, and it's just like any other addiction, or illness: over coming it isn't smooth sailing. You will probably have some set backs, and that's okay, that's normal. It doesn't mean that you've "lost" your progress, or that you have to start again, it just means you need to stand up, dust yourself off, and keep going, because you're way closer than you were before, even with the setbacks. It's also a really good idea to have someone close to you know if you don't have someone already, and understand, so they can help you out and support you, and just listen when you need to talk. I hope this helps. Good luck.
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That's really impressive! Congratulations! In addition to distracting yourself, might I also suggest getting rid of temptation? Do you still have the stuff you used to cut with? If so, throw it out! If 0you can't throw it out (for example if it's household scissors, or a kitchen knife) I would suggest putting it where it's hard to reach. This way if you feel like cutting and try to reach it you'll have the time to remember all the reasons not to. Also you could maybe make a list of all the reasons not to cut (like scars, having to explain why your arms are cut up, people you promised not to cut again to, etc.)
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You have to realise honey that it isn't just as simple as stopping. Cold turkey is bound to never work. I proud of you getting so far, two months is an extreme effort and I commend you for getting here. Te basis of it is that everyone has their own reasons for stopping, I stopped because my brother found out and have been clean for twenty five weeks in three days. It's exciting and I feel. A sense of pride with each week I carry over. I imagine how I'll feel when I reach a year clean. I imagine how proud my brother is going to be of me, how proud anyone who knows will be.Keep in mind love that recovery isn't a straight road, it has twists and turns and yes ups and downs some may be relapsing but think how far you've come before you pick up the razor, think about how you've made two months, the things you did to stay strong. It's hard honey, I know it is but try. Don't try for anyone else but yourself. Think of why you stopped in the first place. If this helped in anyway I'll be glad. Stay strong AGBH.