Hi, I'm getting stressed and overwhelmed by studies, and one of the ways that helps me concentrate and stay focused is to pinch/ bite myself. Never so hard i've broken my skin or left any lasting marks. I know it may not be the healthiest coping mechanism, but if it doesn't cause lasting marks or damage is it really such a bad thing?

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By: Ruth Ayres

on: 23.11.16

So sorry to hear you are feeling stressed about your studies, have you spoken to someone at school about this? I would recommend talking to someone about the feelings you are getting and try to get some support. The GP is also a good place to go and speak about how overwhelmed you are feeling. Anything that harms us, weather this skin is broken is as you say not the healthiest way to cope, I would think about if there is anything you can do to distract yourself when your studying is becoming to overwhelming. We wish you all the best with your studies and getting the help and support you need.

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