Listening to Music as a Self-Harm Distraction

April 26, 2021 Martyna Halas

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.


  1. 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.

APA Reference
Halas, M. (2021, April 26). Listening to Music as a Self-Harm Distraction, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 25 from

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