Inhale, Exhale

This tattoo is a reminder to stop and breathe. It’s a reminder that each breath is a new beginning. I got this tattoo to cover my self-harm scars. Not because I’m ashamed of them, but because it’s a sign of recovery. I struggled for years with self-harm, and had no one to help me through it. There was no one when I asked for help- there was only a “don’t do it again or else.” Or else what? Self-harm isn’t the answer, and it takes all your will power to stop once you start. It took me years of hard work to stop, but I still have thoughts of it when I’m met with the darkest parts of my mind and mental illness. They will always be there, but I won’t answer them. There’s a multitude of other coping mechanisms that I now reach for instead: crocheting, coloring, and writing, just to name a few. Self-harm isn’t the answer. I know how hard it is to quit. I know what feelings lie behind the want to do it. If you or someone you know self-harms, reach out for help. I’m here for you. I will listen

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