Worrying is usually focused on the future—on what might happen and what you’ll do about it. The centuries-old practice of mindfulness can help you break free of your worries by bringing your attention back to the present. This strategy is based on, first, observing and then letting your worries and anxieties go. It can help you identify where your thinking is causing problems, while helping you get in touch with your emotions.
· Acknowledge and observe your anxious thoughts and feelings. Don’t try to ignore, fight, or control them like you usually would. Instead, simply observe them as if from an outsider’s perspective, without reacting or judging.
· Let your worries go. Notice that when you don’t try to control the anxious thoughts that pop up, they soon pass, like clouds moving across the sky. It’s only when you engage your worries that you get stuck.
The following is a list of 25 ideas of activities to do when the urgency of self-harm is there. These ideas do not necessarily address the issues fueling the self-injury, but they can be a helpful distraction during an acute crisis point. If you complete a handful of these ideas when you start feeling compulsions to self injury, you might find that you can work past the danger point and get yourself into a more stable place. When you are in the immediate danger of harming yourself, try at least five or six of the following ideas. However, do as many as you need to get past the urgency to self-harm.
- Call a friend or two and talk to them about anything – the weather, politics, the news, old times, new recipes, etc. Distract yourself, and enjoy the company.
Anyone can make simple changes that have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing. We’ve come up with ten practical ways to take care of yourself and get the most from life.
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This post is for all of you who have survived the urge to end your life, either coming out the other side or still fighting to stay alive.
I noticed how when someone has a physical illness such as cancer, and they come out the other side or even remission, they are able to celebrate surviving. I think all of the survivors of being suicidal should too.
Congratulations, and keep on fighting.
My third video for this blog. This one talks a bit about when you worry about the past becoming your present again. Also, you’re amazing.
A very wise woman :)
We want you all to know that recovery certainly isn’t the mystical “yellow brick road up to happiness” that everyone seems to think it is. It’s hard, it’s tiring, it’s depressing, it’s anxiety-ridden, it’s tough, it’s discouraging, but it also has the biggest reward at the end of it. Whether you’re fighting self harm, or an eating disorder, depression, or anxiety, it’s never a steady walk up to recovery. But Dorthy didn’t wander the yellow brick road without running into obstacles, and she also didn’t wander it alone. So we want all our followers, or anyone who happens to come across this post, to know that we’re here for you.