By Annette Pasternak, Stop Skin Picking Coach
Aneela asked me to share my best videos on tips for BFRB (body focused repetitive behavior) reduction and recovery and, upon considering, I found it pretty easy to narrow it down to these three. My sincere wish is that they inform and inspire you to positive action and abundant health and happiness.
I love technology tools, and I frequently recommend Keen to my coaching clients, who benefit greatly from it. But low-tech solutions can be game-changers too. This video, in which I share inexpensive products that can make a big difference if you struggle with skin picking, has the most “thumbs ups” of all the videos on my YouTube channel. If you pull your hair, rather than pick, you’ll still find at least one tip here that works for you.
People with BFRBs have super-sensitive nervous systems, and processed sugar, which is unhealthy for everybody, can be especially destabilizing and behavior-inducing for us. In this video, which has the most views of all my videos, I show you examples from three of my clients who were keeping track of their picking. We see how dramatically sugar was affecting picking and how upon removal of processed sugar, skin picking went effectively to zero. I would expect to see the same with hair pulling, and if you’re suffering with any BFRB, I recommend you give sugar-elimination a try.
The last video I share could very likely be the most important. It’s about believing in yourself and your recovery. It can be a big challenge to believe in yourself and your ability to recover from BFRBs, because you have probably tried to stop so many times and for so long. But without belief, we don’t have the emotional resources to persist at the long-term work that’s required. In this video I describe effective ways to increase your belief in yourself.
Remember, big changes happen over time with knowledge, practice and persistence. I’m so happy to have had the chance to “speak” with you today and introduce you to information that I hope you’ve enjoyed and found beneficial.
As an added bonus, check out this video clip with Annette’s fab client AND Keen Family member, Genevieve. She has been using three specific tools to help her win against skin picking. One of those tools is Keen. Genevieve shares how Keen has helped her retrain her brain, build her awareness muscles and given her confidence to take control and stop skin picking. Check out Genevieve’s tools – hopefully you will be able to gain a tool of your own!
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