A little background- I am a finger picker. All fingers. I've done it since I can remember.
My husband knows. 3 years ago he got me to stop by giving me incentive- If I stopped for 45 days he'd buy me a present. I ended up getting a red tail Colombian boa!! I stopped picking for about.. Idk.. 200 days? My snake ended up dying. I was so upset I picked the night he died.
I then became pregnant in January. Around March I stopped picking. I wanted to stop for my son.
My son is 8 weeks old and we've encountered some financial issues and I picked.
I WILL NOT let my son see my fingers mutilated. If he picked up this habit because he saw me doing it I'd never forgive myself.
Thanks to the last two times i have quit my fingers are exceptionally better. I can continue and they can get worse... Or I can stop saying "tomorrow, I will quit." Everyday because if I keep doing that, it will never happen.
I know I can do it. I've done it before. I've recognized my triggers and when something comes around I will find a new outlet.
My goal is to stop picking my fingers.
My incentive and motivation is the little tiny love of my life... My son.
My damage is the thumb, index finger, and middle finger on both hands. Not extensive damage, but pink, "irritated" skin. Not bloody and raw, so I feel like progress will come quick as it always does. I always see great progress in the first 4-5 days- the first day is always the hardest though.
I am almost through the first day.
If anyone would like to join me, lets do this!
Feel free to share your story. Your damage. Your goals, and your motivation. I will update as much as I can.
I'm a "list" kind of person so I made a book type deal with 30 days marked in it and space to write in each day. I will not fail my son. :-)
30 days... Here I come!