Coping mechanisms and distractions to help you to distract and stay safe.

Using mindfulness is a great way to help you stay in the moment. If you are going through flashbacks and want to help yourself to ground yourself, Staying mindfully in the moment, helps you to stay in the present and not flash back to the past. By concentrating on one thing at a time and focusing your energy on that one thing, can stop the thoughts from becoming distressing.

If you are feeling suicidal or wanting to self harm, focus your mind on one thing, this could be reading a book, stroking a cat, talking to a partner/friends/family, having a nice warm bath, listening to some soft sounding music. By focusing your mind on something other than the thoughts and feelings you are having in regard to suicidal thinking and self harm urges can help to lessen those urges and make the situation more bearable.

Other types of distractions

As listed above there are plenty of distractions you can do to help your situation become less distressing.

  • Watching TV
  • Watching a film
  • Read a book
  • Talk to friends
  • Pet your pets
  • Have a warm bath
  • Play music
  • Go online and talk to friends
  • Plays online games (the arcade is always available)
  • Do some housework
  • Go for a walk
  • Make a cup of tea or coffee
  • Do some exercise
  • Do some drawing/art
  • Write a story
  • Write some poetry


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