My newest approach- and it's helping
Posted October 31st, 2012 by Picking-your-battles
So when I first joined this forum about a week ago, I was at my worst I'd been in a while. I looked down at my legs and wondered what the hell was wrong with me, like I always do. Then something new, after 22 years of picking, clicked in my brain. Perhaps it's age, growing up. I decided that something had to give. My feeble attempts in the past just weren't working. Here is what I've been doing and of course, everything is different for everyone and what may help me may be stupid for you. But this is a forum and I'm venting! I mainly pick at night. So, I'm wearing long sleeves in bed. I'm taking a Xanax (low rx, nothing to get me high as a kite) before I get into bed just to ease my mind from racing, and I bought those white finger covers (look latex, they are called finger cods) and I put one on each index finger. That is my main picker, and it's a stiff reminder to not even think about it. I poked little wholes in them to ventilate because if not, you have raisin fingers in the morning. I also started a picking journal to A: vent in privately, B: keep track of my progress and C: remind myself that I can do this. I also joined this forum. I have seen a drastic improvement and yeah I still slip and pick, but I don't look like a red polka dot pattern right now. Just a scarred one. My new philosophy is: Two steps forward and One step back is Still One step forward. Yes we have good days, and yes we have bad days. But as long as you see an inch of improvement, you're still moving forward. Hope that's a little inspiration for those who need it.