Listening to Music as a Self-Harm Distraction
Music can be an excellent tool to regulate and process difficult emotions. It can also serve as a self-harm distraction and a temporary escape into a world of sounds and rhythm. Research also suggests that music can help you develop greater self-awareness, which is essential for long-term self-harm management.1
How I Use Music for Self-Harm Distraction
In this video, I talk about conscious listening and using two strategies when I need to distract myself from self-harm urges.
Do you think music is an effective self-harm distraction? What is your favorite artist or genre that you reach out for when dealing with negative emotions? Let me know in the comments.
- Stewart, J., et al., "Music Use for Mood Regulation: Self-Awareness and Conscious Listening Choices in Young People With Tendencies to Depression." Frontiers in Psychology, May 2019.
Halas, M. (2021, April 26). Listening to Music as a Self-Harm Distraction, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, September 25 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/speakingoutaboutselfinjury/2021/4/listening-to-music-as-a-self-harm-distraction