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How can I stop feeling numb and rely on hurting myself?

13 Answers
Last Updated: 10/10/2017 at 8:22pm
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Top Rated Answers
November 10th, 2015 9:00pm
Feeling numb is most likely a state of your mind that is used to protect yourself from feeling hurt. When bad things happen to you and your mind is so overstrained with all the feelings that might cause you, feeling numb is for the mind what being totally exhaused is for the body. If whatever is hurting you can´t be solved for whatever reasons, then you´ll need to get some good emotions into your life. Try to relax, try to find something that interests you - no matter if it is spending hours walking around, painting, gardening, etc. - and most importantly, try to feel your self. As strange as it may sound, being able to feel your self is something that can be really hard. Take some time for yourself where you are working on understanding what you feel and want, who you are and how it feels to be you in that moment, being alive and breathing. Meditation can do much sometimes, also sports are good. But all of that are just tips and tricks that might work for some, but not for all. The best help that you can get is most likely the professional help of a therapist, who can get to know you and help you find out what the right way for yourself is.
April 27th, 2015 8:37am
There are many many alternatives which you can find here
March 16th, 2015 8:27pm
Tell someone who is extremely close to you and they care about you. I've been through it and have been clean for almost a month because of my best friends. It is that we all need to realize that we are not alone in this world.
October 10th, 2017 8:22pm
You can talk to people and get things of your chest. Helps you feel bit better and you can turn to people for sorry support and not self harm
June 14th, 2016 6:51pm
Find things that interest you. Be with people who have a posotive impact on your life :D
October 4th, 2016 2:18pm
Hurting your self is a temporary solution. I highly suggest seeking help from a professional and friends to work on a healthy long term solution.
March 16th, 2015 7:07pm
when you want to stop feeling numb go to place that makes you happy, or go see someone who can put a smile on your face. When you want stop hurting yourself do something that can take your mind off that, do something that you love to do like painting, working out, reading, etc.
June 9th, 2015 7:05pm
Do something you enjoy to distract yourself, whether it be drawing, sports or anything else. Get up and get outside. It always helps to go for a run or even just to walk around and clear your head. Think of everything you're thankful for and try imagining what your loved ones would say if they saw the makrs on your skin from hurting yourself.
January 26th, 2016 10:50pm
Go visit a local therapist or talk to a close friend or an adult. Everyone will be there for you if you are able to seek for help.
February 1st, 2016 2:57pm
Just breath in and breath out. Think of all the people including yourself who will be hurt by doing this. Keep it away. Look at yourself in the mirror and just breath in and breath out.
June 23rd, 2015 3:09am
Look at situations under some light. Believe that things will be better and stay positive. The best has yet to come. You can do it.
August 8th, 2017 4:28pm
I have been in this situation, and this can be difficult. A important thing to do it when you feel like this is to surround yourself with someone or friends or family, or do something you really enjoy, I have learnt that when I get myself in those situations that I should make a phone call to family or go and take part in sport or just go for a run
May 21st, 2015 6:07pm
When feeling numb or wanting to hurt yourself try doing something that will allow you to distract yourself, such as going for a walk or calling a friend and asking them if they want to do something. You should have someone you can talk to when you are feeling like this and it will help.