I’ve read, I’ve researched, I’ve surfed the internet, I’ve met with counselors …
Several alternatives to the actual act of cutting, burning, etc (for me this also includes punching things like cinder block walls) are offered to create a distraction that is visual or tactile while not harmful. I personally have not found them effective, but am wondering if anyone else has or what suggestions have been successful for you.
Here is what hasn’t worked for me:
2. drawing in red where I would cut
3. hot and cold water
4. hitting something with less resistance (pillows)
5. working with clay