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Sensory self-injury alternatives
Any distraction from the desire to hurt yourself is ideal. 
But I’m mentally ill and I know it’s not that simple. Sometimes you know you won’t make it through the night without feeling pain, doing damage, or seeing wounds. You can still do those without relapsing-- here are 50+ sensory alternatives to self-harm that might safely bring you the catharsis you need.
I list them with the senses they stimulate: visual, tactile, kinesthetic, auditory. To find the right stim quickly, hit CTRL + F and then type in the sense you need.
CW: long post, talk about self-harm and urges, talk about blood and injuries (and textual imagery)
By the way, I’m proud of you. I’m proud of however long it’s been since you last harmed. Three seconds? Three years? I’m proud of you. Even if you’ve relapsed on long hard progress. It’s hard not to harm, and any amount of time you spend not doing it is a big deal. Sincerely, someone who's been clean for just under 1 year as of this being posted. [Edit 8/2022: 2 years!!!]
A) Water methods
Tactile. Place ice on the spot you want to injure. Place a towel underneath. Sit there and let the sensation sink in. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Place an ice cube in your mouth. Let it sit there or carefully suck/chew it, and pay attention to the sensation. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. 
Tactile, visual. When in a safe mood, drip some red food dye into some water, pour the water into an ice cube tray, and place it in the freezer. Then do the first ice method over a sink or tub instead of with a towel underneath. Remember that red stains easily, so take care when using these. 
Tactile. Take a very hot shower or bath. Be careful that the water is not so hot that it will cause burns, and do not spend too much time in it. It should just be warmer than desirable and sting somewhat.
Tactile. Take a very cold shower or bath. Be careful that the water is not so cold that it will burn, frostbite, or freeze you to death; and do not spend too much time in it. It should just be cooler than desirable and sting somewhat. 
Visual. Paint your nails a red color. Then wash the polish off in the sink, shower, or tub. 
Visual. Use a washable marker or washable paint to draw the wounds you want to make on your skin. Then rinse it off in the sink, shower, or tub.
Auditory. Close your eyes or turn off the lights, then slowly drip water into a sink or glass, imagining it is blood.
B) Dry sensations
Kinesthetic. Slide a rubber band around the fingers of the hands that want to make wounds. Flex your fingers in and out, stretching and contracting the rubber band repeatedly. Notice the fatigue and burning in your finger muscles after awhile
Tactile, kinesthetic. Aim a rubber band toward the area you want to hurt. Pull it back no more than 4 inches. Release it and allow it to sting the area a bit, paying attention to the feeling. If the area begins to redden, choose a different location. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Clap your hands together. Take special notice of the stringing sensation. 
Tactile. Take a plastic bottle cap. Press it onto the area you want to hurt so that it stings a bit and leaves an indentation but doesn’t turn red or break skin. Hold it down for no more than 10 seconds at a time. Give each indentation a 1-minute break before you press into it again. Focus on the stinging 
Kinesthetic. Exercise in some capacity if you are able, taking special notice of the burning in your muscles 
Tactile. Get acupressure items, like an acupressure ring. Press it into your skin with restrained force and focus on the sensation
Tactile. Take an ice pack and press it into the spot you want to hurt, taking care to place something between your skin and the ice pack to prevent frostbite. Pay close attention to the stinging sensation
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. See my trichotillomania, dermatillomania, and excoriation tags 
Tactile. Use caution if your skin is sensitive. Obtain a muscle-relieving cream like Tiger Balm, Icy Hot, and the like. Gently apply to the spot you want to hurt, focusing on the frigid burning sensation 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Eat some hot/frozen food and drink, such as hot chocolate or frozen fruit, paying attention to the sensations. Take care not to inflict burns. 
Tactile. Take a brush and brush the area you want to harm. Can also be done with a silicone brushie or gloves
Tactile, kinesthetic. Heat up a heating pack, wrap it in a towel, and rest it on your body. Some heating packs are weighted as well.
C) Oral strategies
Tactile, kinesthetic. Take a tough piece of chewelry and use your teeth to do to it whatever you want to do to yourself. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Take a plastic bottle cap and carefully destroy it with your teeth. Chew that shit up. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Take a plastic or silicone straw and carefully destroy it with your teeth. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Chew some gum. Feel free to be exceptionally violent about it. Pretend it’s your tongue. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Place an ice cube in your mouth. Let it sit there or carefully suck on it or chew it up, and pay attention to the sensation. 
Tactile. Have an icy cold drink. Drink it quickly. Focus on the brain freeze and how it feels.
Tactile. Munch on a spicy or otherwise intensely flavored food/candy/gum. Focus upon the sensation.
Make some edible fake blood.
D) Artistic coping
Visual, kinesthetic. Go to this website. Click and drag to make red cuts. The faster you drag, the thicker the cut, and the more it will bleed. It works on mobile and on desktop. 
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. Draw the body part you want to harm, use an existing template of one, or save/take an image of the actual body part. Draw the damage you want to do on it instead of the real part. Make use of different mediums or brushes. Look up what the damage looks like for reference if you can.
Edit injury
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. Take a pen or marker (a red/orange one if you want the visual of blood, though it may only show so well on different skin tones). Carefully draw the damage you want to do to yourself on the body part instead of actually inflicting it. 
Visual, kinesthetic. Draw some representation of your problems. Drip red liquid onto it in a sink or bathtub, as red stains easily. Ideas for red liquid: dyed water, melted wax, colored glue, paint, dye, fake blood capsules, red jam/jelly, or fake blood recipes
Visual, kinesthetic. Especially good if you’re an SFX makeup artist. Apply SFX makeup, liquid latex, or liquid band-aid to the area you want to hurt and make it look like a realistic wound
Visual. Paint your nails a red or blood color. Then wash the polish off in the sink, shower, or tub
Visual, kinesthetic. Fingerpaint using red paint. Let it get all over your hands as you paint whatever you want-- consider painting wounds or representations of your problems
Kinesthetic. Carve some wood or do another medium that involves cutting/carving. Consider making it into a representation of your problems or something that makes you happy. 
Visual. Use a washable marker or washable paint to draw the wounds you want to make on your skin. Then rinse it off in the sink, shower, or tub. 
Visual. Paint your nails a red color. Then wash the polish off in the sink, shower, or tub. 
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. See my trichotillomania, dermatillomania, and excoriation tags
E) Tearing, hitting, cutting catharsis
Kinesthetic. Take a piece of cardboard. Draw some representation of your problems on it first if you want. Then shred or punch it. 
Kinesthetic. Take a piece of paper or old magazine/newspaper. Draw some representation of your problems on it if you want. Then tear it up. 
Kinesthetic. Take something dispensable made of rubber or silicone. Tear it up, cut into it, claw it to pieces, etc. 
Kinesthetic. Take an eraser. Tear it up, cut into it, claw it to pieces, etc.
Kinesthetic. Punch a pillow or stuffed animal, taping a drawing of your problems to it first if you'd like.
Visual, kinesthetic. Rip open a jelly donut and stare at the jelly oozing out. Eat or save the donut.
Tactile, kinesthetic. Get some playdoh and knead it so that it’s spread out a bit but not too thin. Then rip, claw, or cut into it to your heart’s content. Do to it what you want to do to your own body. Bonus points if the dough is skin-toned.
Visual, kinesthetic. Cut open some fruit, especially red fruits.
Visual, kinesthetic. Cut or rip apart a piece of meat. Eat or save the scraps.
Visual, kinesthetic. Fill a balloon with a bit of red dough, liquid, or slime. Then cut the balloon open (over a sink or bathtub if using liquid). Bonus points if the balloon is skin-toned.
Tactile, kinesthetic. Take a cup of ice cubes with you outside or to a bathroom that with a tub. Throw the cubes at the ground (or floor of the tub) so that they shatter upon impact. Or place them on the ground/floor and smash them with your foot (shoes on).
Visual, kinesthetic, auditory. Cut or claw into a piece of meat. Save the meat for eating later. Wash hands before and after.
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. See my trichotillomania, dermatillomania, and excoriation tags
F) Picking, peeling, pulling catharsis
Tactile, kinesthetic. Take a silicone brushie. Pour some glitter onto it. Pick the glitter particles out from between the bristles. 
Kinesthetic. Take any rock, plastic toy, or small handheld item. Cover it with stickers, tape, and/or paint. Pick and peel every last bit of the stickers/tape/paint and its adhesive off the surface, under warm water if needed. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Take a silicone brushie, spiky ball, or similar item. Pluck at the bristles, even plucking them clean off if it helps. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Take a fruit or vegetable and peel it. Eat or save the scraps.
Tactile, kinesthetic. Cover the part you want to hurt in a coat or two of regular glue. Let it dry. Pick and peel away the glue. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Obtain some crayons. Peel off the wrappers. Then consider melting the crayons down for the following method.
Tactile, kinesthetic. Take a rock or similar item, preferably one with lots of holes or grooves (e.g. lava rock/pumice stone). Cover it with hot wax, hot glue, liquid latex/rubber, paint, or a few coats of regular glue. Allow to dry/cool. Then pick and peel it away. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Obtain a piece of fur, furry cloth, or pipe cleaner. Pull out the fur. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Rip apart yarn, felt, or cotton balls.
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. Take a silicone brushie or trivet. Pour glue, liquid latex/rubber, melted wax, or paint on it. Allow to dry. Pick and peel the substance.
Tactile, kinesthetic. Place small strips of regular tape over the area you want to hurt, then peel them off. 
Visual, kinesthetic. Especially good if you’re an SFX makeup artist. Apply SFX makeup, liquid latex, or liquid band-aid to the area you want to hurt, making it look like a realistic wound if you want. Let it dry, then pick/peel it away. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Get a silicone trivet and pick it claw at it. 
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. Pour a little bit of regular glue into a bowl. Add red food dye and stir until it resembles blood. Cover the part you want to hurt in it, let it dry, and then pick and peel it way. Be careful-- red stains easily and doesn’t come out. 
Kinesthetic. Paint your nails (perhaps red polish). Let it dry, then pick off the polish. 
Tactile, kinesthetic. Invest in a tough piece of chewelry with high surface area. Pick, cut, and tear at it.
Tactile, kinesthetic. Brush a pet gently. Then violently pull the fur out of the brush.
Kinesthetic. Crack open seeds or nuts.
Kinesthetic. Peel the dark skins off of freshly cracked peanuts.
Visual, kinesthetic. Pop open some pomegranate seeds over a sink or plate.
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. See my trichotillomania, dermatillomania, and excoriation tags
G) I Am Looking methods
Don’t do these if seeing blood imagery or gore is upsetting for you! Use these if seeing blood would be cathartic, not to trigger yourself!
Visual. Check out this list of 70+ stims that look like (but aren’t real) blood. Some are realistic
Visual. Check out this list of actual/realistic blood gifs and images. Some are scientific, some are just edgy, and others are artistic. 
Visual, kinesthetic. Look up how to draw blood. Practice if you want to. 
Visual. Look up injuries and wounds. Especially in the area you want to hurt on yourself
Visual, kinesthetic. Go to this website. Click and drag to make red cuts. The faster you drag, the thicker the cut, and the more it will bleed. It works on mobile and on desktop.  
Visual, kinesthetic. Heat up some red crayons and watch them melt. Play with it using a popsicle stick or something. Consider using it for Section F, #7. 
Visual. Type in some text in Bloody font. 
Visual. Drop some red food dye into water, pour into an ice cube tray, and allow to freeze. Then take them out, set them on a plate, and watch them melt. Use heat to speed up the process if desired.
Visual. Make fake blood, then play with it and put it on your skin if you want. Be careful, as red stains very easily and doesn’t come out. Consider edible kinds
Visual, kinesthetic. Especially good if you’re an SFX makeup artist. Apply SFX makeup and liquid latex to the spot you want to hurt to emulate a realistic wound. Stare at it for awhile. 
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. Pour a little bit of regular glue into a bowl. Add red food dye and stir until it resembles blood. Cover the part you want to hurt in a coat or two of it, then let it dry. Be careful, as red stains very easily and doesn’t come out.
Visual. Place band-aids on the places you want to hurt or wrap them up with gauze. 
Visual. Apply some red liquid (dyed water, colored glue, paint, dye, red jam/jelly, or fake blood) to the place you want to hurt, then wrap it in gauze and let the liquid soak through. Be careful, as red stains very easily and doesn’t come out. 
Visual, kinesthetic. Get a jelly donut. Rip it open. Stare at the jelly oozing out. Then eat the donut
Visual. Watch a nature documentary, especially one about carnivores, or look up carnivores hunting and eating
Visual. View footage of fruits/vegetables being peeled. Here is a collection of some
Visual. View footage of food being grated. Here is a collection of some
Visual. View footage of meat being cut or prepared, especially raw meat. Here is a collection of some. Consider watching cooking shows too, especially with Gordan Ramsay yelling at people
Visual, tactile, kinesthetic. See my trichotillomania, dermatillomania, and excoriation tags
Visual. Carefully burn cardboard, paper, or wood in a safe outdoor setting with the means to put out the fire at a moment’s notice. Draw a representation or you or your problems on it first if you want. Be aware of fire safety. 
H) Bonus: some music (TW)
“Talking to Myself” by Watsky
“Baby Don’t Cut” by Bmike
“A Sadness Runs Through Him” by The Hoosiers
“Are You Satisfied?” by Marina
“Please Don’t Cut” by MikelWJ
“Your Love (Deja Vu)” by Glass Animals
“Animal I Have Become” by Three Days Grace
“Bullet” by Hollywood Undead
“Historic Cemetery” by The Front Bottoms
“Hold On” by Chord Overstreet
“Her Last Words” by Courtney Parker
“Ugly” by Nicole Dollanganger
“Interlude IV” by Zach Callison
“Never Too Late” by Three Days Grace
“Sleep” by Flatsound
“help” by Pink Guy
“Don’t Jump” by Tokio Hotel
“Such Small Hands” and “Nobody, Not Even the Rain” by La Dispute
“Youth” by Daughter
“Don’t You Dare Forget The Sun” by Get Scared
“Be Nice To Me” by The Front Bottoms
“So Cold” by Ben Cocks
“Drowning” by The Eden Project
“Because of You” by Demi Lovato
“Echo” by AmaLee and dj-Jo
“Let You Down” by NF 
“Honestly (Encore)” by Gabbie Hannah
“Oh No” by Marina
“Broken Crown” by Mumford & Sons
“Santa Monica” by The Front Bottoms
“I Found” by Amber Runs 
“Breathe Me” by Sia
“My Heart Goes Bum Bum Bum” by Flatsound
“Warrior Concerto” by Glitch Mob 
“Teresa” by YUNGBLOOD 
“You Said Okay” by Flatsound
“Dear Diary” parts 1 and 2 by MikelWJ
“a deer mistaking candles for headlights” by Crywank
All of Crywank’s music
“Waking Dream” by Natalie Walker
“Life” by Lil Peep
“Pigeon” by Cavetown
“Swimming Pool” by The Front Bottoms 
“King” by XXXTENTACION 
“Thistle and Weeds” by Mumford and Sons
“$ting” by The Neighborhood
“No Lies, Just Love” by Bright Eyes
“Anywhere But Here” by Mayday Parade
“Runs in the Family” by Amanda Palmer
“Orca” by Until The Ribbon Breaks
“Gomenasai” by t.a.T.u.
“Under the Knife” by Icon For Hire 
“Amen” by Amber Runs 
“Car Radio” by Twenty One Pilots
“Laminated ET Animal” by Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Stay safe and I hope these help! You are loved, and you deserve to be happy and free from harm! ;;
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Matching Sox
After a lifetime of exposure to noise, or perhaps sudden trauma – losing our auditory hair cells leads to hearing loss that is, for the moment, permanent. But not so for zebrafish (Danio rerio). Free to attend as many loud gigs as they want, their auditory hair cells (highlighted in green here) replenish after injury. We share 70% of our genes with zebrafish, so scientists delve into the fish’s genetics to look for useful clues. Sound waggles auditory hair cells – a mechanical response that helps to send electrical impulses towards the brain, or breaks them. When the fish’s hair cells break, surrounding ‘support’ cells reprogram into new ones. To do this, researchers find they change which genes are switched off and on – using transcription factor proteins called Sox and Six. Humans have their own versions, so the next question is how to guide their behaviour to encourage cell regeneration.
Written by John Ankers
Image from work by Erin Jimenez and colleagues
Translational and Functional Genomics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA
Image in the Public Domain
Research published in Cell Genomics, September 2022
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A comic about misophonia.
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Does anyone have advice for learning Spanish with an auditory processing disorder? I feel like I know what I’m doing in our homework because I have the time to check and double check my answers. But in class I always choke. Which is so annoying because I really do feel like I know what I’m doing on homework. But then I go in to class and I know nothing.
Replies are appreciated!
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I got a jingle-y heart stimmie. watch my 6 second video :)
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🎹 Amazing Relaxing Piano Music - Relief from Anxiety
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Relaxing piano music helps to calm and relax completely daily. It helps to heal mentally. This pure soft piano music helps you also to sleep well, to stay focused during study hours, meditation and so on. You can listen to this music everywhere. So just feel it. Universe Relaxing understands how you feel, and offers you that dose of control on yourself, calm and serenity that you need to feel good. Enjoy music while you sleep, meditate or study Here we take care of your mental Heath. click here to watch
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Doggo stim tools!
Doesn’t matter if you’re dogkin, doggender, dog therian, or just love dogs. As long as you’re sentient and self-aware with rational and moral capacity and complex language, thought, and emotion, this is a post for you! 
(Meaning do not give these toys to dog dogs. ^^’)
Long, image-heavy post ahead! Some tools listed are geared toward children, *geplay (a), or p*tlay (e)
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1) Bone and paw glitter (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
2) Flexi dogs 3D (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)(j)
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3) Squooshy woofers (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)
4) Doggo spinner (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)
5) Meat squishy (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)(j)(k)
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6) Shakers (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)
7) Pup chews (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)(j)(k)
8) Chewy bones (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)
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9) Paw spinner rings (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)(j)(k)
10) Pup-its (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
11) Weighted woofers (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)(j) 
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12) Plastic bones (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g) 
13) Squishy paws (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)
14) Bone beads (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
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15) Dog beads (a)(b)(c)(d)
16) Flexi dogs 2D (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
17) Pocket pups (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)
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18) Bone spinner (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)
19) Canine slime (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)
20) Squishy bones (a)(b)(c) 
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Source for gif: https://weheartit.com/entry/359122552 ???
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Today my grandmother woke me up by stomping on the kitchen floor, which is directly above my bedroom.
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Now, I know the entire point of podcasts is that they're made for audio... but have you considered subtitles...
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