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Changing out for gym class. - January 10th 2011, 01:34 AM

This semester, I have gym. I had gym last semester too, but that was before we had locker rooms. We used to just change in the bathrooms, where I would just change in the stalls. But now I have to change out in the locker rooms in front of everyone. This is going to really be hard, because I already have self-image issues, and I hate changing in front of people. But on top of that, I have all these lovely cuts on my sides and torso. I don't know what to say when people see them. They're pretty gross and scary looking. I also can't even stop cutting at the moment. What should I say when people ask me about my cuts?


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Re: Changing out for gym class. - January 10th 2011, 01:54 AM

Ah, I had that problem too. =/
Do you think you could just change your shirt in the bathrooms anyway? I would still go off to a stall sometimes to change if I was particularly worried about people seeing the marks. Otherwise (if your cuts are on your stomach area) just wear a cami/ tank top under your gym clothes that you don't need to take off at all.
Scars do heal, but the more you cut the longer it's gonna take. You should really try to find a way to stop cutting; no one deserves that pain. PM if you want to <3


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Re: Changing out for gym class. - January 10th 2011, 02:36 AM

I had this problem too. Except my cuts were on my thighs. When I was about to change I would just turn and face the wall and just do it as fast as possible. I don't know what your locker room is like though? Maybe you could try to go in a corner or somthing? Good luck! Hope this helped


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Re: Changing out for gym class. - January 10th 2011, 02:57 AM

I had this problem too, but there was a bathroom right next to our locker room so I went in there and changed. Also facing the wall or corner could help, or putting your gym shirt on overtop and then taking your arms our so you can take off the other shirt.


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Re: Changing out for gym class. - January 10th 2011, 03:20 AM

Thank you thank you thank you for your advice I will forsure try your ideas out. And I am trying super hard to stop cutting, and I am looking at alternatives to self-harm. I hope I never have to post something like this about hiding my scars again.


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Re: Changing out for gym class. - January 10th 2011, 03:37 PM

I glad that you are trying to stop and having a positive outlook always helps. I hope all of our suggestions (don't know if I spelled that right) help. Good Luck!!!!


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Re: Changing out for gym class. - January 10th 2011, 08:53 PM

Do you know if your locker room is just a wide open space or if there are stalls? At my school there're rows of stalls, no curtains but it's a bit more private than just changing in front of everyone else.. I definitely agree with wearing a cami or tank top, that's how I always hid marks on my stomach, and having something on while you're changing may help to make you a bit less self-conscious. Or try wrapping an ace bandage around them and just say you injured yourself.. it's not an excuse that will work forever, but short-term, while you're waiting for cuts to heal.

Just remember that no one is going to be staring straight at you while you're changing.. everyone else will probably be too busy changing as well, or talking to friends or something, to notice. And as obvious as your scars may seem to YOU, remember that you know they're there, so you know to look for them.. but others don't. And if anyone does ask - you don't owe them any explanation, okay? It's none of their business. You don't have to explain anything to them if you aren't comfortable doing so.

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