Are You a Cutter?

self is difficult to understand. Some one who cuts himself is feeling such extreme emotional pain and/or anxiety, he doesn’t know how to deal with it. The cutting becomes an act of control to relieve the emotions. For those who are emotionally numb, the cutting is a way to trigger endorphins, thus creating a high, which relieves the stress and allows the person to feel emotions again. People who use cutting to deal with stress are usually not suicidal or pre-occupied with death. They are emotionally overloaded or emotionally dry. Either way, it is obviously not healthy coping method.

Mental Health America has a new campaign devoted to mental wellness, offering many self help tips. These proven tools can help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Check out some of the following suggestions.

Connect with others
Stay positive
Get physically active
Help others
Get enough sleep
Create joy and satisfaction
Eat well
Take care of your spirit
Deal better with hard times
Get professional help if you need it

If you know someone who is a cutter, TALK ABOUT IT! Remember he is in emotional pain and needs help to learn more effective coping skills. You can help by just talking, listening, being a friend and providing direction to effective coping resources found on this site, related links and throughout the internet.

Be well!

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