Thursday, August 28, 2008


151 things to do before you SI

These tips come from Self Injurers and can help you if you feel the urge to SI. I hope this list comes in handy for some of you, and with hope will prevent someone from self injuring. This list comes from

1) Exercise
2) Putting on fake tattoos
3) Drawing on yourself in red marker (make sure it's washable!)
4) Scribbling on sheets an sheets of paper
5) Writing (poetry, stories, journal, etc.)
6) Cuddling with a stuffed toy
7) Being with other people
8) Watching a favourite TV show (preferably a comedy)
9) Posting on web boards, and answering others' posts
10) Thinking about how I DON'T want scars for the summer
11) Painting your nails
12) Going to see a movie
13) Eating something ridiculously sweet (or any favourite food)
14) Doing school work
15) Surf the net
16) Go into chat rooms to talk
17) Call a friend and ask for company
18) Playing a musical instrument
19) Singing
20) Looking up at the sky (night is especially beautiful).
21) Making your own list of things to do instead of SI
22) Punching a punching bad (with gloves on)
23) Snapping a rubber band on your wrist
24) Cover yourself with band-aids where you want to cut
25) Mix warm water and red food colouring, and put in on your skin (feels and looks like blood)
26) Letting yourself cry (can be very difficult for some)
27) Sleep (only if you are tired)
28) A hot shower, or relaxing bath (no razors in the tub, though)
29) Play with a pet
30) Detangling yarn or necklaces
31) Re-organizing your room
32) Cleaning (hmmm...I very rarely use this one!)
33) Having a pillow fight with the wall (yes, neighbours may think you are crazy, but that's ok)
34) Knitting or sewing
35) Reading a good book
36) Dressing up very glamorous (make sure no one can walk in on you, though)
37) Colouring my hair
38) Listening to music (not angry music though-that can trigger)
39) Watching a candle burn (no playing with the flames!)
40) Finding someone else you can help out
41) Meditate
42) Watching a scary (but not bloody) movie.
43) Work on a website
44) Have a vivid fantasy love affair with a celebrity
45) Go somewhere very public
46) Bake
47) Alphabetise your CD's
48) Chewing leather (especially if you SI by biting)
49) Buy a home Henna tattoo kit (peels off the next day-similar to skin picking)
50) Painting or drawing
51) Ripping paper into itty-bitty pieces
52) Hugs-(this one is very nice...)
53) Writing letters or email
54) Talk to yourself (or if that feels weird, buy a small tape recorder-I then feel like someone is listening)
55) Stroke nice fabrics
56) Hug a pillow
57) Hyper focus on something like a rock, hand, etc.
58) finger-paint
59) Scream real loud (I LOOOVE this one-just make sure no one is home)
60) Dance
61) Make hot chocolate (mmmmm....)
62) pop bubble wrap
63) play with modelling clay or Play-Dough
64) count to one hundred
65) Build a pillow fort
66) pop balloons
67) Hug yourself
68) Sex
69) Reading things in a different language
70) Going for a nice, long drive
71) Complete something you've been putting off
72) Drinking absurd amounts of tea
73) Breaking plastic plates
74) Tearing up socks
75) Throwing socks against the wall
76) Archery
77) Rock climbing
78) Take up a new hobby
79) Organise bills and such
80) Cook a meal
81) Go out for ice cream
82) Buy a stuffed animal (I collect Beanie Babies)
83) Look at pretty things-like flowers or artwork
84) Create Something
85) Pray
86) Throw socks against the wall
87) Make a list of blessings in your life
88) Read the Bible
89) Go to a friend's house
90) Take up fencing
91) Watch an old, happy movie
92) Call a Help hotline or your Therapist
93) Talk to someone close to you that knows
94) Throw a temper-tantrum
95) Hit things-other than yourself
96) Ride a bicycle
97) Polish silver or jewellery
98) Gardening or watering house plants
99) Memorizing German poetry (silly, but works!)
100) CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!
101) Feed the ducks or birds or squirrels, etc.
102) Draw on the walls
103) Play with face paint
104) Do very Glamorous make-up
105) Colour with crayons
106) Memorise a novel or play or song
107) Put on boots and STAMP
108) Stretch
109) Find butterflies
110) Watch fish
111) Come up with baby names (even if you're not pregnant
112) Make mashed potatoes
113) Make a tape of your favourite songs
114) Name all of your stuffed animals
115) Go SHOPPING!!!!
116) Get into my PJ's and just veg.
117) Buy cheap teddy bears and take out anger on them instead of self.
118) Throw everything (except glass) into the centre
119) Go to a loud concert
120) Play the 15 minute game (say you can't cut for 15 minutes, and when the time is up, start again)
121) Plan your wedding / prom
122) Hunt for stuff on Ebay (you can find ANYTHING there)
123) Alphabetise your books
124) Hunt for your perfect home in the paper
125) Take up Tai Chi
126) Try to make as many words out of your full name as possible, then do your friends names)
127) count ceiling tiles/lights
128) go clubbing
129) search ridiculous things on the web
130) colour-co-ordinate your wardrobe
131) do a home tan on yourself
132) sort all your photographs
133) colour (or scribble) over the pretty women in magazines
134) plan a dinner party
135) play with a slinky
136) but yourself some toys and play
137) start collecting something
138) get a tattoo / piercing
139) play video/computer games
140) do a trash clean at your local park
141) Play on a swing set
142) go out and perform a random act of kindness for someone
143) call up an old friend
144) write yourself an "I love you because" letter
145) put on fake nails
145) try to build something
146) re-arrange your house
147) go to a public place and people watch
148) go through all your old stuff
149) go bargain - hunting
150) smile at least five people (you usually end up smiling genuinely yourself.)
151) go to the zoo and rename all the animals.


Not Very Anonymous Mom said...

is there any such thing anymore as a "scary (but not bloody) movie"?

who is your fantasy #44? do tell.

Ana said...

I've tried to help some people on a social networking.
It's hard for some of them to stop.
The don't even want to listen about changes.
It was very frustrating.
Now I'm giving some help on another one and there are some women that can spend some time without cutting and one day they cannot stop the urge.
They feel so guilty that aches.
Unfortunately this is seldom brought to public attention and they have to deal with stigma.
Hope you're fine Susan!

susan said...

@Mom, a scary but not bloody movie, hmm. anything by Ed Wood maybe?

#44- House- Hugh Laurie. A British actor from "Red Dwarf" named Craig Charles. I love his voice, I am a sucker for a Scouse accent.

I usually go for writers though....

@Ana-thanks. I have had some help with cutters, and other women who S.I, and yes, I am guilty of S.I. too.
It's hard to stop, but hopefully you can have many years between incidents. Ah yes, guilt and aches. I wish there was a way to deal without pain.

Dano MacNamarrah said...

I absolutely LOVE this post. I'm going to "bookmark" it, because I am a size Queen when it comes to self-injury.

Some people have even thought that some of my cutting scars were burns, because they are so wide and deep.

I have managed to stop cutting, burning, stapling and bruising myself over the past year. But I still maintain any scabs, relentlessly picking the newly dried offender.

As the insects are particularly bad this year,I'm walking around looking like a heroin junkie!

I loved what you had to say on John's blog, so I'll be back to read more of yours.

In sisterhood, Dano.

susan said...

Dano, thank you, thank you. I like your comments on John's site too. I just added you to my blog roll. I hope that is OK with you.


Dano MacNamarrah said...

I feel honoured!

I took this as a sign that you wouldn't mind my adding yours. A virtual form of the proverbial six degrees of separation!

See you in the ethosphere,


Catatonic Kid said...

What a great post! There are some (well, quite a few) here that I don't have on my list. Now I can update it, which I have been meaning to do for ages.

susan said...

Thank you kid. I really appreciate it.

I left a message on your blog, stating I just added your blog to my humble blog list.

I look forward to continue to read you.

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