One activity to help with the urge to pull is to have a pair of Yin Yang stress balls at hand. If I get in a fit, I pick them up and it occupies my pulling hand.
Use cosmetic face masks whenever you feel the urge to pull your eyebrow hairs
Typing! You use both your hands to type so make up a story or something so your hands are occupied. It’s easier than writing because you have both hands on the keyboard!
Look at your work-life balance. What small changes can you make, that will add up to a big difference?
For a child a substitute item would be a good idea. I would suggest one of those rubbery animal toys that would seem like a toy, but she could play with the little “fingers” that stick out all over the place to satisfy her need to fidget. I tried playing with my putty egg in bed the other night and it ended up in my hair! Whoops! But, I think anything age appropriate to “play with” can help her keep her fingers away from her eyes.
When I’m anxious or tricy I focus on my breathing. For each in and out I count one number, so it sort of ends up being 1, 1, 2, 2 etc. I find that forces me to concentrate on the counting as well as my breathing, and it usually sends me to sleep I find it very relaxing.
I only allow myself to watch anything for 30 minutes at a time. I can manage to stay pull free for 30 minutes.
Painting my nails: I don’t want to smudge it by pulling! I keep my nail polishes by the TV. Polishing my nails gives me time to refocus on something else and forget my urge.
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