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March 24, 2018

It's all about perception. Self perception along with your overall perception of life. I have recently visited my family for a month and the picking has been minimal. Partly because I was surrounded with so much support and positive affirmation....which allowed me to gain healthier habits. Also a recent allergic reaction sidetracked me to be more concerned about my health than about the picking. These events changed my self perception along with my priorities. I don't know how long this will last or if it's a temporary improvement...but I am optimistic about any changes. Also it's important to gain a hobby or exercise routine which puts you in a "flow" state. Basically it's a state of mind where you are so engulfed in what you are doing that you lose track of time. Now this might remind you of picking itself....that is exactly why you will benefit by finding a healthy hobby which will replace the picking. I believe that the picking behavior can be created by the mind as an outlet to a flow state. If you don't have any positive outlets in your life where you escape from daily worries, the mind will latch on to repetitive behavior which is self damaging. It's a way that the mind tries to regulate itself from daily stress or internal conflict. For myself, I find gardening to be extremely soothing. It puts me into a flow state where I forget everything else. I enjoy feeling the soil between my fingers, as well as all of the sensations of touching foliage. I believe that skin pickers are very sensitive to touch. We need to constantly use our hands and feel various sensations in order to ease that inner itch which prompts us to pick. I heard of pickers finding relief in knitting, painting, and sculpting. Others find relief in routine exercises. You have to find something you love and which draws you to come back to it over and over again. It in itself will serve as a form of therapy.