Everyone knows that negative thoughts and emotions can be extremely painful and difficult to deal with. And, everyone deals with these feelings differently. Some people cope in healthy ways like painting, listening to music, or exercising. But, many people also cope in negative ways like drinking alcohol, smoking, or engaging in self-harming behaviors.
Self-harm, although dangerous and damaging, provide distraction and temporary relief from negative feelings. If you've been engaging in self-harm, know that you're not alone and there's no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed. People who struggle with self-harming behaviors can discover healthier ways of coping through online counseling, which provides a safe place to vent negative thoughts and feelings.
If you are afraid you may be a danger to yourself or you are having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for those in distress.
Root Causes of Self-Harm
Self-harm is defined as the act of deliberately injuring oneself. This kind of behavior typically stems from difficulties in managing emotions, in that it can be hard to regulate, express or understand emotions. It can also occur when a person doesn't know how to cope with their emotional distress in healthy ways. Additionally, eating disorders and self-harm are closely related, and many people who suffer from body image issues may also injure themselves.
Learning How to Cope
Finding alternative ways to cope with negative feelings, fears, and insecurities is key to overcoming behaviors like self-harm. Online counseling for self-harm can provide a safe place for people to confide their self-harming behaviors and begin sharing negative emotions without fear of judgment. An online counselor can also help identify triggers and provide tips for emotional regulation, social skills, and improving self-image.
Online Counseling with 7 Cups
7 Cups provides affordable and anonymous online counseling for self-harm. Our counselors are available to connect with individuals who are facing difficult and complex emotions. Working with a counselor regularly can help people develop the skills and tools they need to cope. It's not wrong to feel emotional distress, but processing these feelings with a professional counselor can provide a much-needed outlet and prevent further self-harm.
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