In a previous blog I had told of a rather nice side effect I have gained whilst using worry beads to manage my anxiety and depression, to stop picking scabs. My two old scars continue to fade and each time I look at them I feel proud of what I have achieved.
I have to admit a relapse though. This is the trouble with anxiety it does have with it “nervous actions”. It was not my old scars that were the problem but I found myself picking at a new scab on my chin. I had not realised I was doing it and a look in the mirror gave me the bad news. If not checked I would have replaced the two successes with a new failure of monumental proportions, on my face.
I got out my worry beads and started to “fiddle” to replace my urge to pick. A few minutes later I had drifted off to my nice place and the scab was out of my thoughts. Later that day I caught myself picking again abut instead of giving in, I got out my worry beads. This was not easy but I knew that I could do it. A couple of days have now passed and I am at last out of the habit of picking at this new location. A glance in the mirror sees it starting to heal.
An important lesson has been learnt. Whilst you can manage a bad habit you unfortunately may never be rid of it.
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