Self Harm Alternatives: 7 Techniques That Actually Work (2023)

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When painful or difficult emotions threaten to overwhelm you, self-harm can offer a way to:

  • regain a sense of control
  • feel something when you’re otherwise numb
  • express or distract yourself from unwanted emotions
  • punish yourself

Still, while self-harm might offer some temporary relief, it also comes with plenty of risks:

  • If you cut too deeply or burn yourself severely, you might need immediate medical care.
  • You could feel guilty, embarrassed, or helpless later on.
  • Worrying what people think about self-harming behaviors can lead you to hesitate instead of reaching out for support that could make a difference.

Even when you know self-harm isn’t an ideal coping method and want to stop, you might find it hard to think of anything else during a moment of distress. We get it. It’s all too easy to reach for the one thing you know will help, even if only for a little while.

When you don’t feel up to identifying new coping strategies, this guide can come in handy. Below, you’ll find 7 evidence-backed tips to help you through your next painful moment, along with some guidance for when you feel most overwhelmed.

If you need help now

If you need someone to talk to in a moment of distress, trained, compassionate crisis counselors can listen and offer support with finding helpful ways to cope.

When you feel like self-harming, take a moment to ask yourself why.

Getting a clearer idea of the emotions behind the impulse can lead you to an alternative way to cope:

  • Feeling angry? Physical activities could help burn off those intense emotions.
  • Feeling lonely, isolated, or ignored? Connecting with people who care about you could help ease both loneliness and the desire to self-harm.
  • Feeling numb? Activities that produce pleasant physical sensations, like bathing or showering, eating food you enjoy, or spending time outside, might be the way to go.

Changing your environment can offer a distraction and give you enough time away from self-harm tools that the urge might pass before you return.

Time in nature also has a calming effect, so try simple outings like:

  • wandering through your neighborhood
  • visiting a nearby park
  • stopping by a favorite place that helps you feel calm and at peace

It’s absolutely OK to start slow and progress in small steps.


Not sure about going outside? Try sitting next to an open window to feel the fresh air on your face. From there, you might move to sit on the porch or just outside your door.

Physical activity can also offer a distraction that helps lift a low mood and relieves some of the most intense pressure of overwhelming thoughts. Many people who self-harm report using sports or exercise to help resist the urge.

Working out might be the last thing you feel like doing, of course, and there’s no need to force yourself to head to the gym.

Instead, try simple, low-key exercise that doesn’t require a lot of energy or equipment:

  • Try a simple dance or yoga routine. Tip: Find free videos on YouTube.
  • Do some basic stretches while listening to music or watching a favorite TV show.
  • If you have a dog, head out for a long ramble. If you don’t, consider connecting with a friend who does and taking a walk together.
  • Take a quick, short jog.

Crowded environments occasionally feel overwhelming, but sometimes, the background noise and commotion of other people can provide a sense of community and safety and help you feel less alone.

Simply being around others can offer a distraction that eases the desire to self-harm.

You can safely coexist even while COVID-19 safety guidelines remain in place, especially outdoors:

  • Treat yourself to a coffee, snack, or lunch and enjoy it at a park or other natural setting.
  • Visit a bookshop, library, music store, museum, or other place you enjoy (while wearing a mask and following the 6-feet rule).
  • Write in your journal or listen to music outdoors.
  • Invite roommates to watch a movie or TV show.

Emotional support from friends and loved ones can have a lot of benefit when you feel like self-harming.

Opening up about how you feel isn’t always easy, but it often helps to start by sharing with just one person, someone you trust to offer support without judgment.

How to bring it up

Try saying something like:

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  • “I feel like cutting, but I don’t want to. Will you keep me company so I can stay safe?”
  • “I’m trying to stop self-harming and I could use some support. Can you come over?”

Even if you don’t feel ready to offer specific details, try asking for support in a more general way:

  • “Can we spend some time together? I’m feeling really overwhelmed, and I think it will help to have someone nearby.”
  • “I’ve got a lot on my mind and it’s hard to cope. Could I talk to you about how I’m feeling?”

If you can’t see your loved one in person, try pandemic-friendly options like Zoom or a good, old-fashioned telephone call.

Video chats and FaceTime may not feel quite the same as hanging out in person, but the extra layer of distance they provide could potentially make it easier to open up about difficult emotions.

Music often provides a temporary escape from painful and overwhelming feelings:

  • Turning your attention to the lyrics and rhythm can help you focus on something other than your distress.
  • Listening to music could help you regulate and process upsetting emotions.

Putting on a favorite playlist could help you pause the urge to self-harm long enough work through what you’re feeling and identify other ways to cope.

The type of music you choose does matter, though. When feeling down, overwhelmed, or lonely, you might prefer to listen to songs that match your mood.

Sometimes, this works to your advantage. Listening to sad or nostalgic music could help you process your grief after losing a friend or romantic partner, for example.

But music that aligns with your distress may not always offer relief. If you already feel depressed, sadder music could even intensify those feelings.

Instead, try:

  • upbeat or energizing music — think workout, feel-good, or “Get Up!” playlists.
  • classical music, or a mix of classical and jazz
  • soothing or relaxing music (depending on your personal tastes, this might include New Age, Celtic, or spa and meditation music)
  • nature sounds

You can find pre-mixed playlists on Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube.

As an alternative to music, try the spoken word with a podcast or audiobook. The nostalgic words of a classic or childhood favorite — even one you’ve read many times before — can offer a comforting distraction.

Many libraries offer audiobooks online through OverDrive. You can also access free audiobooks through LibriVox or Project Gutenberg.

Experiment with guided imagery

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You’ll often hear meditation recommended as a strategy for coping with painful or distressing thoughts. Still, meditation doesn’t help everyone all the time. If you’re already feeling pretty distressed, you might find that it even intensifies certain thoughts, including the urge to self-harm.

Guided imagery offers an alternative approach that may help.

This visual approach to relaxation helps you create a mental “happy place” by creating pleasant scenes in your mind. Adding vivid, specific sensory details to your mental image can help you release stress, take your mind off the urge to self-harm, and promote feelings of peace and calm.

Try it now

  • Sit or lie down comfortably and close your eyes.
  • Take a few deep breaths. Continue breathing slowly until you feel your body begin to relax.
  • Picture a place that makes you feel calm, content, happy, or relaxed, whether that’s a place you’ve already visited or one you want to visit someday.
  • Begin adding details to the scene. Use all of your senses to make your imagined setting come alive. Maybe you hear birds, water rushing, or the sound of leaves under your feet. You might smell grass, wildflowers, bread baking. Perhaps you feel warm earth below your feet or the wind on your face.
  • Mentally carry yourself through the scene. You might imagine yourself walking along a trail or path or simply looking at all there is to see. Focus on each detail, breathing slowly, and letting your visualized space occupy your thoughts.
  • Imagine yourself absorbing the calm and peace of your image each time you breathe in. When you breathe out, imagine distress and pain exiting your body with your breath.
  • Remind yourself you can revisit this scene whenever you like. You can even “uncover” new areas of your mental scene and add more details. Perhaps you jump into the lake and take a swim, feeling the cool water refresh you. Or the bread comes out of the oven and you bite into the crunchy, butter-soaked crust.

Find more visualization techniques to try here.

When communicating emotions through words feels impossible, art offers another way to express yourself and redirect the urge to self-harm.

Art can also offer benefits you may not get with other coping techniques:

  • Creative work can offer a sense of control, since you choose what to express and how.
  • Art allows you to express distress with your hands, in a real, physical way.
  • When you’re finished, you have a record of your feelings you can then destroy.

Art doesn’t just help you process painful emotions. When you devote your attention to a creative project that utilizes all of your skills, you might find yourself completely engaged in what’s called a flow state.

In a state of flow, other feelings — hunger, exhaustion, pain, fear, emotional distress — tend to dwindle and fade into the background. Flow states can also boost motivation, satisfaction, and other positive feelings.

Any kind of creative activity can help you get your feelings out in the open: drawing, painting, doodling, even molding clay.

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It might feel tough to get started when you’re in a place of pain and distress, but here, too, there’s no harm in starting small. Just pick up a pencil and paper, or any medium you prefer, and start by scribbling. Even this simple, not-very-artistic approach can offer some distraction and relief.

Other ideas to try:

  • Give your pain a shape and illustrate it.
  • Draw or sculpt something that provides a sense of safety or protection.
  • Picture a place that makes you happy and put it on paper.

Mental health professionals and other care providers often recommend harm minimization strategies and grounding techniques as alternatives to self-harm.

These tactics do work for some people, but research suggests others find them mostly unhelpful.

When these strategies don’t relieve the urge, you might be more inclined to believe that other coping methods will also fail. As a result, you might feel less willing to try coping methods that really might help when you want to self-harm.

Again, harm minimization techniques do help some people, especially as short-term solutions, so it’s often worth trying them out. Just keep in mind that other strategies, like the ones discussed above, may help even more.

Harm minimization strategies include:

  • snapping rubber bands on your wrist
  • pinching yourself
  • drawing or painting red lines on your skin
  • holding ice
  • running your hands under warm or cold water
  • eating sour or spicy candies
  • squeezing a stress ball
  • punching a pillow or cushion
  • screaming into a pillow

Harm minimization tactics can also include safer self-harm practices, such as:

  • sterilizing self-harm tools
  • treating injuries immediately afterward
  • only self-harming when you have someone you trust with you
  • reducing self-harm intensity (you might scratch yourself instead of cutting, for example)

These tactics might help when you aren’t quite ready to stop self-harming but want to stay safe as you begin exploring alternative coping strategies.

While coping strategies can help reduce the impulse to self-harm, they generally don’t resolve the underlying causes of emotional turmoil. That means your desire to self-harm might resurface again and again.

Support from a trained, compassionate therapist is often key to lasting change and improvement. Therapy offers a safe space to explore painful emotions and other self-harm triggers and begin identifying lasting solutions.

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Crystal Raypole has previously worked as a writer and editor for GoodTherapy. Her fields of interest include Asian languages and literature, Japanese translation, cooking, natural sciences, sex positivity, and mental health. In particular, she’s committed to helping decrease stigma around mental health issues.


In what ways have you done harm to yourself? ›

Ways people self-harm can include:
  • cutting yourself.
  • poisoning yourself.
  • over-eating or under-eating.
  • exercising excessively.
  • biting yourself.
  • picking or scratching at your skin.
  • burning your skin.
  • inserting objects into your body.

How can adults reduce self injurious behavior? ›

In addition to professional treatment, here are some important self-care tips:
  1. Follow your treatment plan. ...
  2. Recognize the situations or feelings that might trigger your desire to self-injure. ...
  3. Ask for help. ...
  4. Take care of yourself. ...
  5. Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs.
Nov 10, 2022

What are some good coping skills? ›

Good Coping Skills
  • Practicing meditation and relaxation techniques;
  • Having time to yourself;
  • Engaging in physical activity or exercise;
  • Reading;
  • Spending time with friends;
  • Finding humor;
  • Spending time on your hobbies;
  • Engaging in spirituality;

What are healthy coping mechanisms? ›

Take brief rest periods during the day to relax. Take vacations away from home and work. Engage in pleasurable or fun activities every day. Practice relaxation exercises such as yoga, prayer, meditation or progressive muscle relaxation.

Is anything that cause harm to an individual? ›

A hazard is any source of potential damage, harm or adverse health effects on something or someone.

What ways have you done harm to yourself or to others through social media? ›

7 Negative Effects of Social Media on People and Users
  • Depression and Anxiety. Do you spend several hours per day browsing through social media? ...
  • Cyberbullying. Image Credit: HighwayStarz/Depositphotos. ...
  • FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) ...
  • Unrealistic Expectations. ...
  • Negative Body Image. ...
  • Unhealthy Sleep Patterns. ...
  • General Addiction.
Feb 22, 2023

What's the Butterfly Project? ›

The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts and memorial making. We teach social justice through lessons of the Holocaust, educating participants about the dangers of hatred and bigotry to cultivate empathy and social responsibility.

How do I distract myself from sh? ›

Here are some distractions you could try:
  1. wrap a blanket around you.
  2. spend time with an animal.
  3. walk in nature.
  4. let yourself cry or sleep.
  5. listen to soothing music.
  6. tell someone how you feel.
  7. massage your hands.

What are two risk factors for self harming behavior? ›

Certain factors may increase the risk of self-injury, including:
  • Having friends who self-injure. Having friends who intentionally harm themselves makes it more likely for someone to begin self-injuring.
  • Life issues. ...
  • Mental health issues. ...
  • Alcohol or drug use.
Nov 10, 2022

What are the 10 coping strategies? ›

10 Ways to Cope with Chronic Stress
  • Re-balance Work and Home.
  • Build in Regular Exercise.
  • Eat Well and Limit Alcohol and Stimulants.
  • Connect with Supportive People.
  • Carve out Hobby Time.
  • Practice Meditation, Stress Reduction or Yoga.
  • Sleep Enough.
  • Bond with Your Pet.

What are 5 negative coping strategies? ›

Negative coping responses
  • Criticizing yourself (negative self-talk)
  • Driving fast in a car.
  • Chewing your fingernails.
  • Becoming aggressive or violent (hitting someone, throwing or kicking something)
  • Eating too much or too little or drinking a lot of coffee.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Drinking alcohol.

What are calming coping strategies? ›

These may include rocking in a rocking chair, listening to music on headphones, deep breathing, watching a preferred video clip, brief periods of vigorous exercise, or accessing a favorite activity or material.

What are 5 good coping strategies? ›

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. ...
  • Take care of yourself. ...
  • Take care of your body. ...
  • Make time to unwind. ...
  • Talk to others. ...
  • Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol.

What is the most unhealthy coping mechanism? ›

Relying on drugs, alcohol, dysfunctional eating patterns or gambling are just a few of the most obvious forms. However, virtually anything can turn into an addiction over time, even simple things like exercise, work or watching the TV. Subtle addictions may not seem to be particularly destructive.

What is the best coping strategy? ›

Relaxation. Engaging in relaxing activities, or practicing calming techniques, can help to manage stress and improve overall coping. Physical recreation. Regular exercise, such as running, or team sports, is a good way to handle the stress of given situation.

What are the 3 types of harm? ›

Harm can take the following forms: financial. physical. psychological.

What are all the types of harm? ›

Types of Harm
  • Section 53 states that "harm" includes all harmful conduct and gives the following examples:
  • Physical harm.
  • Sexual harm.
  • Psychological or emotional harm.
  • Financial or material harm.
  • Modern slavery.
  • Discriminatory harm.
  • Organisational or institutional harm.
Jul 28, 2022

What are examples of psychological harm? ›

Blackmail, coercion or intimidation are forms of psychological harm and these can be crimes. Psychological harm can also include name calling and harassment. Name calling and constant criticism can go on for a long time and can be very damaging.

What are 5 negative things social media does? ›

Social media harms

However, social media use can also negatively affect teens, distracting them, disrupting their sleep, and exposing them to bullying, rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people's lives and peer pressure. The risks might be related to how much social media teens use.

What are five ways to stay safe on social media and protect yourself? ›

Social Media Safety
  1. Know how to report, block, and filter content. ...
  2. Personalize your privacy settings. ...
  3. Pause before you post. ...
  4. Turn off geolocation. ...
  5. Use a private Internet connection. ...
  6. Talk to your friends about public posts. ...
  7. Report harassment or inappropriate content. ...
  8. Look before you click.

What does butterfly drawing on your wrist mean? ›

The idea is simple. The self-harmer simply draws a butterfly on their place(s) of self-harm and, if the butterfly fades without them self-harming, it means it has lived and flown away, giving them a sense of achievement.

Why do hospitals put a butterfly on the door? ›

The purpose of the Butterfly Project was to enhance patient and family centered care for those individuals nearing the end of life. The Butterfly Project begins when a patient or family decides to focus on comfort measures. The butterfly communicates a special caring to all who may be involved with the care.

What does a yellow butterfly tattoo mean? ›

typically, a yellow butterfly tattoo represents happiness. In Scotland and Ireland, a yellow butterfly near a grave is a sign of a soul that is at peace. It's rare that we see things in nature that are as eye-catching as butterflies are.

How do I distract myself from negative things? ›

Strategies to Redirect Your Thoughts and Distract Your Mind
  1. Play a Memory Game. ...
  2. Think in Categories. ...
  3. Use Math and Numbers. ...
  4. Recite Something. ...
  5. Make Yourself Laugh. ...
  6. Use an Anchoring Phrase. ...
  7. Visualize a Daily Task You Enjoy or Don't Mind Doing. ...
  8. Describe a Common Task.
Apr 24, 2020

How do you distract yourself from trauma? ›

Distraction techniques
  1. Counting things around you (e.g how many blue things are in your room)
  2. Doodling or colouring.
  3. Counting backwards from 10, then from 25, and then 50.
  4. Focussing on your breathing, by breathing in for four, holding your breath for four and then breathe out for four (link to meditation tile)

How do I distract myself from triggers? ›

Take an exaggerated first deep breath by inhaling (for 3 seconds), hold your breath (for 3 seconds) and then take a deep exhale (for 3 seconds). When you take the time to focus on deep, rhythmic breathing it can send a message to your brain that you are safe and that all is well around you.

What are 3 risk factors you can't control? ›

Risk factors you cannot change
  • Age. The older you are, the higher your risk of stroke.
  • Sex. Your risk of heart disease and stroke increases after menopause.
  • Family and Medical History. ...
  • Indigenous Heritage. ...
  • African and South Asian Heritage. ...
  • Personal circumstances. ...
  • Related information.

What is head banging a symptom of in adults? ›

If it continues, it is usually associated with mental retardation of autism. Headbanging is said to occur during presleep drowsiness or early non-rapid eye movement sleep. Often there is no need for treatment other than reassurance. Behavior modification has had little success.

What is head banging behavior in adults? ›

Head slapping, or banging the head on a hard surface, may be a way of telling you they are frustrated, a way of getting an object or activity they like, or a way of getting you to stop asking them to do something. Hand biting might help them cope with anxiety or excitement.

What are 12 strategies to deal with stress? ›

Physical activity is a natural stress buster.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet can help relax muscles and reduce anxiety. ...
  • Reduce caffeine and sugar. ...
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. ...
  • Get plenty of sleep. ...
  • Supplement with magnesium. ...
  • Identify professionals who can help.
Feb 16, 2018

What are the 5 R's of coping with stress? ›

The Five R's are: Rethink, Relax, Release, Reduce, and Reorganize.

What are 6 stress reducing techniques? ›

Other relaxation techniques may include:
  • Deep breathing.
  • Massage.
  • Meditation.
  • Tai chi.
  • Yoga.
  • Biofeedback.
  • Music and art therapy.
  • Aromatherapy.

What are three unhealthy coping skills for PTSD? ›

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  • Substance abuse. Taking a lot of drugs or alcohol to feel better is called substance abuse. ...
  • Avoiding others. ...
  • Staying always on guard. ...
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma. ...
  • Anger and violent behavior. ...
  • Dangerous behavior. ...
  • Working too much.
Nov 8, 2022

What are maladaptive coping mechanisms? ›

Maladaptive coping generally increases stress and anxiety, with examples including self-harm, binge eating and substance abuse. The more maladaptive behavior, the more risk a patient faces in either sustaining or increasing the severity of their disorder.

What is the 3 3 3 rule for anxiety? ›

Follow the 3-3-3 rule.

Look around you and name three things you see. Then, name three sounds you hear. Finally, move three parts of your body — your ankle, fingers, or arm.

What foods reduce anxiety fast? ›

Foods naturally rich in magnesium may, therefore, help a person to feel calmer. Examples include leafy greens, such as spinach and Swiss chard. Other sources include legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Foods rich in zinc such as oysters, cashews, liver, beef, and egg yolks have been linked to lowered anxiety.

What is the 5 sense coping mechanism? ›

The '5 senses' technique is a coping tool for stressful situations. Also known as the '5,4,3,2,1' technique, it helps to ease anxiety by encouraging you to focus on the present moment. The technique works by connecting you with each of your five senses: sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste.

What are the four unhealthy coping strategies? ›

Some of the most common unhealthy coping mechanisms are:
  • Avoiding issues. ...
  • Sleeping too much. ...
  • Excessive drug or alcohol use. ...
  • Impulsive spending. ...
  • Over or under eating.

What is coping checklist? ›

The Ways of Coping Checklist (WCCL) is a measure of coping based on Lazarus and Folkman's (1984) stress and coping theory. The WCCL contains 66 items that describe thoughts and acts that people use to deal with the internal and/or external demands of specific stressful encounters.

What are some weird coping mechanisms? ›

7 Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms That Are Secretly Wreaking Havoc On Your Psyche
  • Avoiding anything that isn't "positive." ...
  • Catastrophizing. ...
  • Isolating. ...
  • Downward social comparison. ...
  • Romanticizing the past. ...
  • Overreacting to small issues. ...
  • Worrying as a means of self-defense.
Nov 13, 2018

What are the two unhelpful coping strategies? ›

Overdoing it on sugar, caffeine or alcohol — they're a quick fix which can increase stress in the long term. Overworking and checking your emails out of hours — we all need time to unwind. Spending too much of your free time in front of a screen — phone included. Don't feel pressured to always be 'doing' something.

Is sleeping a bad coping mechanism? ›

Unhealthy sleeping patterns: Much like drugs and alcohol, oversleeping is a way to escape stress in your life. The problem is the stress is still there when you wake up and will continue to get worse until you deal with it.

What are 5 coping skills for anxiety? ›

Here are 11 tips for coping with an anxiety disorder:
  • Keep physically active. ...
  • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs. ...
  • Quit smoking, and cut back or quit drinking caffeinated beverages. ...
  • Use stress management and relaxation techniques. ...
  • Make sleep a priority. ...
  • Eat healthy foods. ...
  • Learn about your disorder.
Jul 20, 2021

What are passive coping strategies? ›

Passive coping strategies, such as escaping, avoiding, and denial of the stressor, can be contrasted to active coping strategies, such as seeking social support, engaging in activism, or acceptance.

What is the most common coping mechanism? ›

Denial is one of the most common defense mechanisms. It occurs when you refuse to accept reality or facts. People in denial may block external events or circumstances from the mind so that they don't have to deal with the emotional impact. In other words, they avoid painful feelings or events.

How do I overcome self-harm? ›

Explains self-harm, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support.
Here are some distractions you could try:
  1. wrap a blanket around you.
  2. spend time with an animal.
  3. walk in nature.
  4. let yourself cry or sleep.
  5. listen to soothing music.
  6. tell someone how you feel.
  7. massage your hands.

What are those problems that potentially help of harm anyone including oneself? ›

Abstract: A working definition of an issue of moral concern is presented as any issue with the potential to help or harm anyone, including oneself.

How do you deal with self-harm in school? ›

Speak up. If you notice self-harming behaviour in a student, talk to them about it. Discuss your concerns with them and listen to them non-judgementally. Then you can create a plan together, which can be shared others in the school community – including the student's parents/carers, if appropriate.

What are the negative impacts of social media? ›

Social media harms

However, social media use can also negatively affect teens, distracting them, disrupting their sleep, and exposing them to bullying, rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people's lives and peer pressure. The risks might be related to how much social media teens use.

Which feeling is described as feeling of anxiety loneliness and despair? ›

Common symptoms of depression include: Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood. Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. Feelings of irritability, frustration‚ or restlessness.

What's the meaning of sh? ›

The meaning of the internet slang term SH is “Same Here“, which is a way of saying that you agree with something or feel the same way about something. Origin of SH. As with many internet slang terms, the term SH is simply an acronym of the full version of the phrase. Other Meanings of SH.

What is causing harm concept in psychology? ›

Causing harm explores the types of harm that may be caused to people or groups and the potential reasons we may have for justifying these harms.

What is causing harm? ›

verb. To harm a person or animal means to cause them physical injury, usually on purpose.

What are ethical harms? ›

The harm principle says people should be free to act however they wish unless their actions cause harm to somebody else. The principle is a central tenet of the political philosophy known as liberalism and was first proposed by English philosopher John Stuart Mill.

Why does my 12 year old hit himself when angry? ›

Teens may use self-inflicted injury as a way to cope with (or find relief from) emotional pain, strong feelings (such as anger, hurt, sadness, despair, shame, frustration, rejection, or isolation), intense pressure, or relationship problems.

How do you stay sane at school? ›

These strategies help me to stay sane during the start of the school year, and I want to share 10 of my favorites with you:
  1. Make a List. ...
  2. My Desk Is a Springboard. ...
  3. Time Is More Precious Than Gold. ...
  4. Just Leave It at School. ...
  5. Don't Wait to Grade. ...
  6. Ten Sacred Minutes. ...
  7. Use Your Students. ...
  8. Don't Procrastinate.
Jul 26, 2016

How do you deal with self punishment? ›

How to stop punishing yourself
  1. Connect with a mental health professional. This may be especially helpful if you feel that you're holding onto deeply ingrained, negative beliefs about yourself. ...
  2. Discover new emotional regulation techniques. ...
  3. Talk to others.

What personal information should you not post on social media? ›

To help protect your personal information from identity thieves or other fraudsters, don't ever post: Usernames or passwords to anything. Pictures of debit or credit cards, paychecks or any financial account numbers. Your Social Security number.

What is the most negative social media? ›

Instagram was found to have the most negative overall effect on young people's mental health. The popular photo sharing app negatively impacts body image and sleep, increases bullying and “FOMO” (fear of missing out), and leads to greater feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

What are 5 bad things about social media? ›

The more time spent on social media can lead to cyberbullying, social anxiety, depression, and exposure to content that is not age appropriate. Social Media is addicting. When you're playing a game or accomplishing a task, you seek to do it as well as you can.


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