Self Awareness and Self Talk
Posted March 7th, 2010 by jacquie
I have been a picker since i was a kid and now im 19 and i want to stop. so i have started going to an ocd specialist and trying to work through the problem. i have not been able to stop yet, but one thing i have been working on is being aware of what im doing. my therapist has me recognize and record my picking episodes. we are yet to review my log but it makes me more aware of what im doing. the problem with that is that i can be in front of the mirror picking, conciously thinking "i shouldnt be doing this, i need to stop." and i wont. the only thing that works for me is being firm with myself. i put my hands down and tell myself to STOP. and walk away or try to refocus on something else. one night i came up with a mantra "Leave it alone.Let it heal." i know its simplistic but it works, especially when im really getting too deep and i know its going to scar. does anybody else have self talk methods that work? or any other ways to stop once you realize youve started?