She shared that whenever she feels the urge to self-harm, she draws on herself instead. The pictures are both beautiful and sad at the same time.
On a global level, one in five people suffers from depression. For something this grave, mental health is still a stigma in many parts of the world, and they're not discussed enough. They are, but sadly, only when it results in suicide. Symptoms of mental illness are usually ignored and people suffering from clinical depression are told by others that they are just having a bad day and this will get better. It doesn't. And the lack of support definitely doesn't help. Self-harm is also one such symptom of mental illness, something that goes undiscussed because no one really knows what to say and no one wants to handle the repercussions.
Some people, especially teenagers and youngsters, inflict harm upon themselves as a means to distract their minds from the pain and hurt they seem to be experiencing. This method is referred to as “non-suicidal self-injury”. Self-harm is a way for you to release those pent-up emotions, that battle you've been fighting with yourself for so long, one that everyone else seems to have failed to notice.
However, this can only cause more harm than good. This habit of self-harm is quite dangerous with no guarantee on when things can just go wrong. This explains why a woman took to Tumblr to share with the world the advice her therapist gave her. The thing about depression is, even though you think there's no coming out of the hole you've fallen into, there's a way. You just need to find someone to talk to, to confide in, to help you with a hand so that you can grab on to that and pull yourself out of the hole,
This girl, Tumblr user a-better-m-e said the way to deal with this is to turn to art. Her therapist offered her a very simple, yet unique solution to keep herself out of possible harm. So, the therapist asked her to draw on her body from the point she wanted to cut herself as a means of coping strategy, instead of harming herself. When she shared her experience with the world, she added that this method had actually helped her.
She said that she was able to get over the habit of self-abusing and get clean. She also encouraged other people battling similar mental health issues to try this ‘art therapy’ to fight anxiety or depressive episode. While explaining the process, she also shared a picture of the artwork she's made on her legs. This is what she's done instead of harming herself and the pictures are both beautiful and saddening at the same time.
While this is one example of how to distract yourself from harming yourself, there are other means to do so, too. Count to 1000, or distract yourself when you feel the urge. It's hard, but not completely impossible. Give your friend a call, go for a walk or watch your favorite film, show or read a book that comforts you. Self-care is the most important thing when it comes to maintaining your mental sanity.
Do whatever you find comfort in, it could be anything like cooking, bathing, or even just taking a long nap. There are also certain exercises which can help you alleviate stress. Working out is a great stress-buster. Yoga, guided meditation or taking deep breaths are also known to help with the pain. Find like-minded people; join a support group so that you can lift each other up and help one another from drastic steps. Talk to your therapist regularly, and don't ignore any warning signs from your body!
In time, with proper means, you will slowly recover. Don't push yourself, there's no race.