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I decided last night that I was serious about stopping my picking habit, and I didn't want to wait for the new year to get started on the 30 Day Challenge. I decided to start this morning and I have already chosen a small little gift that I can get for myself if I make it the 30 days (I'm not working currently so I have been seriously penny pinching, I hardly ever buy myself anything nowadays so this is a true incentive). I have only been awake for half an hour and I went to scratch an itch on my face and instinctively I went to feel for any imperfections and I felt the tiniest of a little bump...I almost quickly picked it, but luckily I caught myself! I am so proud of just that tiny little bit of picking I did not do, because normally when I start one of my "I'm not going to pick" days, I will rationalize something as small as that as not counting. The obstacles I think i am going to have are: 1. Not picking before I put on makeup. Normally my skin seems uneven from either a pimple or the scab from a mark. I usually have to pick it to get the make up to blend well and that's generally my excuse to pick when I'm trying not to. This time however I have accepted that the makeup may just have to look a little bad on top of something. What's worse...the makeup looks bad forever because I never stop picking and I have to wear it every day for the rest of my life and can never do anything without it.......or the makeup looks bad for a few days while I'm healing, then my skin gets better, and finally I can go WITHOUT makeup and still feel beautiful? Definitely the first one is worse. 2. Not picking in my down time. Usually when I am doing something like reading, I pick just to give my planes something to do...I'll have to find a way to avoid this, like a stress ball or something. 3. Not picking when I'm stressed. I don't actively notice when dress causes me to pick, but it know it does. Now I will have to be more aware of being stressed out and again actively avoid picking. So everyone this is Day One, and I'm excited to see what happens, I think I will even start a blog with this being my first entry...wish me luck!