I never realized that I have harmful stimming behaviors – mine are EXTREMELY minor – but I do scrape and pick my skin till it bleeds sometimes when I am over stressed.
Actually, if we are being fully honest, I am CONSTANTLY fighting the urge in my head to scrape at myself. Stim toys help but if I stop paying attention my hands have a mind of their own. Its frustrating to have so little control over my own body.
Normally I tear my cuticles off.
It is also very had for me not to pick at or mess with any cut I have in my body.
I have to constantly remind myself to stop and try to do something else.
I keep stim toys in my hands and that helps me to stim in non harmful and positive ways.
Some harmful stims can be very dangerous and I do not have a lot of experience with those.
Please do not think that I am minimizing those in not mentioning them – I just don’t feel as if I have authority on this subject.
I know that I am more likely to harm myself more intensely IF I am having a total meltdown but most of the time I hide myself in a soft bed to prevent me from hitting my head or punching things.
“Stim freely – without shame.” – Baby Robot
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