There are several self-injury techniques multiple places online, here are a few of our suggestions based on personal experience. It’s first important to realize that there are two types of self-injury techniques: (a) those that have no physical feeling and (b) those that have the physical feeling self-injury does.
Call a hotline
Throwing an apple/pair of socks against the wall
Tearing apart paper
Drawing a picture of what makes you angry
Scribble on paper until it’s 100 percent black
Go for a run
Writing your feelings then tearing it up
Slashing an empty soda bottle
Calling a friend
“The 15-minute Rule”: When you feel like cutting tell yourself that you will in 15 minutes. When that comes, redo until you fall asleep or feel the urge go away.
“The Calm Jar”: Fill a jar with colored water and glitter. When you’re feeling upset or angry you can shake it and watch until the glitter settles.
“The Plate Method”: Buy a cheap plate, decorate it with markers, stickers, cut outs from magazines expressing your pain or sadness. When you’re done, smash it.
“The Grateful Journal”: Everyday write something positive that has happened, made you smile, grateful for, or proud of. When you’ve gone a day without harming yourself, write it down and acknowledge the strength in one day.
Holding ice in your hands and/or wrist
Snap a rubber band against wrist
Clapping until it stings
Splashing face with freezing water
A cold bath
Write or paint on yourself