30 day Self Harm Challenge

triggers

I have put a trigger warning as this post talks about self harm and it may be triggering to some people.

I found this on another blog. I thought to try it myself. I will leave a blank one at the bottom for you to do at your choice.

  1. How long have you been self harming? Discuss why you started. Approx.. 17 years. I first started when I started to run away from home.
  2. What part of your body is most affected by it? My arms.
  3. What is your motivation to recover? I wish to work in the community services area – with homeless people. How can I work when I am covered in cuts?
  4. Do you consider yourself “addicted”? why or why not? Yes I do consider myself addicted. As I have been cutting on and off for 17 years and sometimes I cant stop for weeks.
  5. What part of self harm do you dislike the most? The scars it leaves. And having to lie about them and cover them.
  6. What about it do you enjoy? The release of the pain in my head.
  7. List 10 activities that help you calm down. Reading. Writing. Driving. Colouring in. Listerning to music. Watching movies. Blogging. Hanging with friends. Photography. My dogs (I have 2 maltase x shitzus).
  8. What the most supportive thing anyone has said to you about self harm? “I understand your pain and I will support you in whatever I can”.
  9. Have you ever taken pictures of your wounds? Discuss. A few times. One was when I did it super bad and I wanted to remind myself of how much I could really do. One of the others I was pissed off with someone and I sent them the picture of it.
  10. How do you feel about your scars? Depends on the day – sometimes proud of what I have gone thru to still be standing. Other days ashamed of the horrible times I have been thru.
  11. Strangest place (home, park, etc) you’ve ever injured yourself? In my car in the SWACMHU (South West Adult  Community Mental Health Unit) car park just after coming out of an psych appointment.
  12. Where do you keep your ‘tools’? (Your room, in a box, disposed of them?) In a container in a draw besides my bed.
  13. What is the biggest realization about self harm you’ve had? That it dose not completely solve the situation.
  14. Is there anyone you consider to be an inspiration in your recovery? Yes an old friend of mine, Jennifer. She was a big help.
  15. Do you visit any websites about self harm? If so, what are they? Yes. I have been to https://www.selfharm.co.uk/ and http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/ This second one I have found the most useful and more understanding. Has a load of great resources.
  16. What advice would you give to someone about self harm? Just be careful. And please talk to someone.
  17. Do you know anyone else who injures themselves? Yes. A few people in different ways,
  18. Write a letter to the future (recovered) you. Will be in a separate post.
  19. List 5 reasons that recovery is worth it. SO I don’t have to lie about it. So I don’t have to hide it. To be free. To be able to wear short sleeves without fresh cuts and the questions that follow. To be able to help others.
  20. What is the most vivid memory you have of self harm. When someone walked in on me doing it and totally freaking out.
  21. Have you tried to stop in the past? What are you doing differently this time? Yes I have tried to stop. Went almost a year and a half cut free. This time it is more controlled.
  22. Where do you feel the most calm? At night.
  23. What is your favourite inspirational quote? Even after the most darkest of nights – the sunrise will always come.
  24. What are some of your main triggers? Why? Stress and family.
  25. Do you know any statistics about self harm? Women are more likely to do it and people with Borderline Personality are more than likely to do it.
  26. What is something that makes you the most happy? Reading – it helps me escape.
  27. Discuss any and all progress you have made. I have been talking to my support people more.
  28. What short-term goals do you have? To be free of SH.
  29. Do you follow any self-harm blogs? Not at the moment. But If I find one I will follow it.
  30. Post your favourite picture of yourself and write a positive message to look back on. I do not have a favourite picture of myself. I hate photos of myself.

Now here is the blan one.

  1. How long have you been self harming? Discuss why you started.
  2. What part of your body is most affected by it?
  3. What is your motivation to recover?
  4. Do you consider yourself “addicted”? why or why not?
  5. What part of self harm do you dislike the most?
  6. What about it do you enjoy?
  7. List 10 activities that help you calm down.
  8. What the most supportive thing anyone has said to you about self harm?
  9. Have you ever taken pictures of your wounds? Discuss.
  10. How do you feel about your scars?
  11. Strangest place (home, park, etc) you’ve ever injured yourself?
  12. Where do you keep your ‘tools’? (Your room, in a box, disposed of them?)
  13. What is the biggest realization about self harm you’ve had?
  14. Is there anyone you consider to be an inspiration in your recovery?
  15. Do you visit any websites about self harm? If so, what are they?
  16. What advice would you give to someone about self harm?
  17. Do you know anyone else who injures themselves?
  18. Write a letter to the future (recovered) you.
  19. List 5 reasons that recovery is worth it.
  20. What is the most vivid memory you have of self harm.
  21. Have you tried to stop in the past? What are you doing differently this time?
  22. Where do you feel the most calm?
  23. What is your favourite inspirational quote?
  24. What are some of your main triggers? Why?
  25. Do you know any statistics about self harm?
  26. What is something that makes you the most happy?
  27. Discuss any and all progress you have made.
  28. What short-term goals do you have?
  29. Do you follow any self-harm blogs?
  30. Post your favourite picture of yourself and write a positive message to look back on.

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