Anonymous: Hi, so I was clean for about 8 months but today was just really stressful and crazy and there's just so much going on and I couldn't handle it so I relapsed but the only thing different is that I cut a lot this time. The cuts are shallow but there's a lot. I don't know what to do and I don't have anyone to talk to, I'm in a boarding school in a different country than my family and I have no one to talk to at all but I need to get my feelings out. What should I do? Please help.
It’s okay anon, relapse happens. Just try again.
First things first, make sure you’re taking care of your cuts, even if they don’t look that deep, you can never be too careful. Clean them with alcohol or Neosporin. Hydrogen peroxide doesn’t hurt as much as alcohol but will apparently make scaring more likely, so try not to use that unless you 1) don’t have anything else or 2) don’t mind scarring.
Secondly, there are so many ways you can express yourself! You can take up sewing, write a letter to your family, painting, writing, drawing, cooking, literally anything you can think of! Not only are they creative outlets for letting out your anger, they also work as great distractors. So they next time you feel the urge to self harm, you can just do whatever activity you’ve taken up and use that to get rid of those feelings you’re feeling. I hope this helps anon, good luck!