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What have others used to replace self harm as a coping mechanism?

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Last Updated: 04/07/2020 at 3:52pm
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April 7th, 2020 3:52pm
I have found that any behavior that is harmful to myself can be replaced with a habit that is one that helps me thrive. The first step is to recognize a behavior is harmful. I usually write down what I want to change and my motivation or reason why it is of benefit to do something different. I ask myself why I am harming myself and journal about my feelings. I explore what and how I can do something else to cope. As an example I have cut back on alcohol consumption by learning to deep breath and to meditate. It has taken time, practice and patience with myself. Sometimes I fall back into harmful habits but choose to try again and be good to myself.