[Trigger warning: self harm]
I’ve never actively self harmed for any longer periods of time, usually I’ll hurt myself once or twice and than stop for weeks, months or even years before doing it again. In other words, it’s never been one of my main problems and naturally, my thoughts and opinions on the topic are based on my experiences only.
Since I’ve self harmed recently, it’s been on my mind. Everyone self harms for a reason, whether it’s a way to cope with anxiety, express your feelings, punish yourself or something else, it does serve some kind of purpose. Quitting self harm is not only about quitting the physical act of hurting yourself, it is also about finding something else to take its place. You can’t quit a coping mechanism, you have to replace it. For me, the hardest part is finding a replacement that is as efficient as self harming at the roles self injuring plays for me. I think that’s why I keep coming back to it, I haven’t found anything that doesn’t hurt me, that can give me the effects and results I need.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree or disagree?