I always found I was most vulnerable to starting to pick at my skin when I didn’t know what I was going to do next. It was a huge problem for me when I was unemployed or working part time. Not only did I have the anxiety that came from not enough work and therefore income, but mentally weighing the options of what to do next several times a day made me feel anxious and stuck, and I would go right to the mirror to pick my face.
What helped me with indecision was scheduling my time. The evening before, I would plan out the day in blocks of time, so I could wake up and follow my schedule. When all the decisions had been already made the day before on paper, it was much less anxiety-provoking than deciding in-the-moment what to do next. It may take a little practice in setting up a realistic schedule you can follow, but it’s definitely worth doing. Soon it will become a very good habit, and we can all use more of those. ;-)
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