How To Distract Yourself From Self-Harm – The 100 Method List

Having seen so many lists of self-harm distractions I set myself the task of thinking of 100 different ways to distract myself from cutting. All of the methods had to be something I could just get up and do straight away, and they had to be realistic… which means no trips to the moon, sadly! I told myself I wouldn’t look at any other lists while I do this, so everything on this list is either thought of as I type or from my memory of methods I’ve read in the past. This list could be used as a “to do when bored” list but I hope you find something on here to stop yourself from self-harming. If one doesn’t work you have another 99 to try.

1) Scream as loud as you can
2) Call a friend
3) Put ice on your skin
4) Cry
5) Go for a walk
6) Play a video game
7) Write a letter to your future self
8) Revise for your exams
9) Play loud music and dance
10) Watch TV

Click here for 4 in-depth methods of combatting self-harm.

SpanishNotes11) Learn some new words in a foreign language
12) Tear up a newspaper
13) Eat some fruit
14) Meditate
15) Draw on your skin with red marker
16) Have bath or shower
17) Yoga
18) Fly a kite
19) Go for a drive
20) Bake a cake

21) Eat chocolate
22) Feed ducks at the park
23) Debate with yourself
24) Take some photos
25) Create a new blog
26) Finger paint
27) Punch a cushion or pillow
28) Ask yourself “Why do I want to self-harm?”
29) Text a friend
30) Write a letter to a friend

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Poem31) Make a wish list
32) Kick a football against a wall
33) Play with a dog at the park
34) Write a poem
35) Go for a run
36) Watch a movie
37) Find your pet and hug them
38) Snap a rubber band on your wrist
39) Read a book
40) Sleep

41) Think about what you will do tomorrow
42) Play the guitar or piano (badly)
43) Play catch
44) Do 10 push-ups
45) Count to 100
46) Write a short story
47) Make sock puppets
48) Discover a new Youtube channel
49) Write messages on sticky notes, and stick them all over your room
50) Learn to moonwalk

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CastleDrawing51) Do 10 sit-ups
52) Set yourself a 5 minute time limit for not self-harming
53) Doodle
54) Count insects in your garden
55) Reorganise furniture
56) Throw out or swap old clothes
57) Go and get some coffee
58) Call a helpline
59) Find a random item under your bed
60) Clean your room

61) Think about your dream holiday
62) Type the alphabet on your keyboard
63) Learn to program on the computer – and make something
64) Memorise a famous poem
65) Origami
66) Uninstall old phone apps
67) Listen to a new genre of music
68) Unravel string, and ravel it back up
69) Tell some jokes
70) Daydream

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Coins71) Do 10 star jumps
72) Count how many coins you have
73) Learn how to start a fire
74) Do an impression of a celebrity
75) Start your family tree
76) Buy a flower for a random person on the street
77) Cut coupons out of a newspaper/magazine
78) Squeeze a stress ball
79) Draw a self portrait
80) Write a list of your achievements

81) Write a bucket list
82) Read an old diary/blog entry
83) Create a memory box
84) Hug yourself
85) Complete a Sudoku
86) Play solitaire
87) Stare at the sky
88) Do some gardening
89) Ask yourself “Do I want scars in the future?”
90) Stretch

Click here for the first part of the “Unusual Methods to Combat Self-Harm Series”.

91) Forgive someone
92) Throw away your self-harm tools
93) Learn about a foreign culture
94) Complete a crossword
95) Play a board game with someone
96) Write 5 reasons why Depressionless is your favourite blogger
97) Make a cup of tea
98) Jump on your bed
99) Smile
100) Celebrate

Honestly, I wrote this list by myself. I’m pretty tired because this took a very long time, at the end you can tell I was running out of ideas (although, smiling will make you feel better). I hope you have found something to do the next time you want to self-harm. What is your favourite method for distracting yourself? Which methods have you found work best? Like always, my amazing readers, share below!

25 thoughts on “How To Distract Yourself From Self-Harm – The 100 Method List

  1. deepbluesandseafoamgreens says:

    1. Likes maths (I assume). There was this post where depressionless took a picture of all these beautiful textbooks. I fangirled over these books.

    2. Engages with readers. I like how it feels as if depressionless is actually taking to you.

    3. Who doesn’t like nice people?

    4. Writes helpful stuff. Having been through some similar stuff it’s…well it hurts hearing about someone else going through this stuff but like, I get it. I understand and am continuing to learn to understand. Mental health is such a big thing.

    5. If writing makes depressionless happy, then I’m happy. Hell, we’re happy! Readers are happy! Depressionless goes through rough patches but we’re here.

    *ahem yes efficiency*

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  2. Brent Blonigan says:

    Pretty impressive list. I like lists. When I was depressed, I constantly made “to do” lists. Sometimes, I felt some sense of satisfaction in getting through the list. Thank you.

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