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Self harm coping strategies

Coping Strategies

Here are some ways to avoid self harming, cope with difficult times or just have some fun!

Why not give some of them a go!

  • Grow a plant from seeds
  • Watch a film
  • Sing very loud
  • Make something with origami
  • Contact family and friends
  • Try aromatherapy
  • Write a letter
  • Go camping
  • Have a bubble bath
  • Invite a friend round/out for a drink
  • Bake a cake
  • Go fishing
  • Plan a holiday
  • Chat to friends online
  • Play solitaire
  • Go shopping
  • Buy yourself a special present
  • Eat your favourite food
  • Volunteer in a homeless shelter
  • Read a book
  • Do something crafty - knitting etc
  • Make a hot drink
  • Feed the ducks/squirrels/birds
  • Go ice skating
  • Look at photographs
  • Go to a museum
  • Dance
  • Pop bubble wrap
  • Clean/ tidy up
  • Cuddle a teddy
  • Visit a hospice/old people's home
  • Trace your family tree
  • Go to an exercise class
  • Build a card tower
  • Decorate your home
  • Write a poem/story
  • Do some gardening
  • Write a diary
  • Go swimming
  • Paint or draw a picture
  • Play with bubbles
  • Stroke or play with a pet
  • Go jogging
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Ride a bike
  • Make and fly a paper aeroplane
  • Go for a walk/ride/drive
  • Make contact with an old friend
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Listen to music
  • Enrol in a part time college course
  • Light a candle
  • Go horse riding
  • Plan your perfect house
  • Play a game
  • Cook a nice meal
  • Write a Xmas/Birthday list
  • Visit a zoo/city farm/farm park
  • Get a massage
  • Plan a special evening for a friend
  • Go to the cinema
  • Join a gym
  • Play golf