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How do I stop myself from relapsing when I feel the need to?

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Last Updated: 01/08/2018 at 5:54pm
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January 14th, 2015 10:55pm
You could try making a self harm crisis box, in which you keep things which might help prevent you from self harming when you gave an urge. Keep the box close to hand for when you need it! Examples of items you could put in: postcards with your favourite quotes on them, a good book, strong mints, red pen, a CD of your favourite music, scented candles, a stress ball, small brain teaser puzzles. Use whatever works for you! Try squeezing ice in your fists or holding it against the place you want to harm, this can mimic the sensation of self harm without causing yourself permanent damage.
May 20th, 2015 6:12pm
Distracting yourself is a good way to get your mind off of it. Just do anything you like doing that involves concentration so you don't think of relapsing.
April 14th, 2015 9:54am
Hello! Okay. This is a good question and it is not asked as often as it should be. I don't know if the condition you're speaking of is depression or substance abuse or self-harm or anything else, so please bear with me. I have had horrible depression to the point of suicidal attempts and for the past month I have been recovering. I understand your urge to relapse, I really do. But if you're speaking of relapse, it means that you must have had some kind of recovery period till now. So think to yourself, "I have tried so, so hard for [your reason]. This does NOT have to be a relapse. I have fought until now and I should keep going even if I don't see an end in sight." It's not easy to fight the impulse. I know that. But if we give in, we get swallowed right back into the vicious spiral and start falling all over again. It's not pleasant to go through all that another time. You have to keep reminding yourself of your reasons and keep something as an anchor to keep you afloat. Have some distractions and hobbies—they really help. I hope things get better for you. :) Take care.
May 11th, 2015 12:02am
Well instead of relapsing you can focus on friends and family try listening to music and take up a sport.
May 28th, 2015 8:03am
Think Positive and take you time to solve your problems. Never think negative it will eat you from inside. take help from your close friends or even from parents. Be happy. :)
June 18th, 2015 2:53am
Try and focus on other things and try some relaxation methods like deep breathing, imagery or take walks or a nice bath and talk with supportive friends. Also take some time to read the guides located on this website
September 8th, 2015 3:09pm
to stop relapsing into a bad habit I would fill my time with activities ,meditate ,and most of all important I would remind myself what was my motive for stopping
September 12th, 2016 12:57am
distract!!!! get away from the issue and the relapse. I heard ice on the forehead helps bc it stimulates your body to feel really cold and all you can think is "omg this is freezing" instead of the relapse. I also would say getting out the hpuse when deaing with any negative emotion is a must!
September 19th, 2016 12:54pm
Focus on things that make you happy, things that can keep you occupied from feeling that way. Also try to talk to someone near by, people on 7 cups, family or friends.
July 4th, 2017 6:59am
Think about how far you've come, about the progress you've made. Even though this may be difficult to overcome, decide if it's really worth losing the progress you've made, whether that's 1 day or 1 year, it still counts. Distract yourself if necessary. Most importantly, stay strong.
January 8th, 2018 5:54pm
Try to replace your unhealthy coping mechanisms with healthy ones, make sure you have something else you can do until the urge passes.