I Think I Know How To Stop

I noticed something about my breathing while I was picking. We've been doing a lot of breathing and meditation exercises in DBT, so I was paying more attention to my breathing than normal.

When I detected a spot that I felt warranted picking, I reflexively emptied my lungs of air. Once I finally reached my goal, I took in a deep breath, as if to say "mission accomplished."

It's like my brain equates the need to breathe with the need to pick. Pick, and then you can breathe. I never noticed it until today.

So, every time I notice the urge/empty lungs, I take in a huge lungful of air and say, "F--- you, brain." :o)

This technique is only a few hours old but it is working marvelously so far. Let me know how it works for you!
wishmeluck wishmeluck
2 Responses Sep 7, 2012

Thank you for this! I'm definitely going to try it.

I found this helps as well, thanks so much for sharing. I've been suffering from this for over 10 years, looking to get rid of it NOW....I'm ready and want to make the change and the simple breathing exercise has helped!