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what to do with my fingers?

Postby JESUSISKING » Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:04 am

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Postby anand -formerly jane » Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:31 am

first of all - i think you might want to have a paradigm shift.
if we are indeed made in god's likeness and image... your fingers are not evil.

so try asking the question again.
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Postby I could never say » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:40 am

I wish I knew the answer to that, or the little pimple I had yesterday wouldn't be the full blown scabby sore I have today. Maybe we are just hypersensitive to sight and touch? What might look like a little pimple or flaw, looks like a huge volcano that needs to be dealt with. What feels like nothing...like regula skin to one person, we can feel every little bump that immediately feels like a mountain so we want to pick it off.

Are you super sensitive to smell and sound too? I am.

I don't know. Now that I have finally admitted to all of this, I am intrigued by it.

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Postby Inga » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:55 am

Have you tried gloves? I know you might not be able to when you go out, but maybe just while at home?

Lets see, you could also try...

*silly putty
*knitting
*hand held computer games? I've been playing a crazy amount of tetris myself
*drawing

Um...other things have been mentioned in the past. Can't think of anything else right now though.

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Postby yogilunda » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:43 pm

I bought myself a nice ring a few weeks ago and it is my "twiddle ring". Whenever my hands are bored I move it around and take it off to keep them occupied.

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Postby sgirlfab » Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:08 am

No,No No. Jesus is Lord, but ELVIS is King...

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legs. I pick my legs. and back. and arms. But my legs are really bad.

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Postby kristenc » Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:07 pm

I have an iphone, and I installed a bunch of applications to play with to keep my hands busy - Word Warp, Removem, Tangrams, and Jelly Car are all awesomely addicting ways to keep your hands busy. They're great!

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Postby Epidome » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:17 pm

I always keep a rubber band on my wrist. That way if my hands start getting restless and starting to pick, I take the rubber band and see what kind of shapes I cane make with it between my fingers.

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Postby Hansleighhob » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:28 pm

Bebebe,
Do you know where you got the ball? I also look for texture and am desperate to distract my wondering fingers..

[quote="bebebe"]My fingers do the walking when I'm on my computer or watching TV. My arms and back have looked a ton better after buying myself a few little stress toys. I have a rubber ball with littler rubber balls inside it which is great to squoosh, a koosh ball, a wiggly weenie...

What my hands look for is texture! (I've come to the conclusion that I pick because it's a self soothing behavior, isn't that hysterical?) So, I hold something soothing and squoosh at it.

I had a recurrence last week, and yesterday, because last week I had a sore throat and felt ill and this week I'm crampy. I got in the mirror and went at my face...but my back and arms still look great![/quote]

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Re: what to do with my fingers?

Postby Pudsy McAndy » Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:39 am

[quote="Hansleighhob"]Bebebe,
Do you know where you got the ball? I also look for texture and am desperate to distract my wondering fingers..


https://www.amazon.co.uk/H20-Recreation ... op?ie=UTF8

I think this is what the ball is. Its literally called a Koosh ball (I didn't realise that was the official name for it). It seems a tad expensive here but I'm probably just being cheap. Sounds like a great idea, might get one for myself actually.

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Re: what to do with my fingers?

Postby icandothis » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:35 pm

I find that even rolling sand between my fingers is a pleasurable texture/sensation that is similar to the process of skin picking. If you're near a beach or can get some sand from a park, try it.

Something I've also tried is to allow myself to touch a zit or bump on my skin - and stay there, WITHOUT picking it, scraping it off or digging at it.
This can take a lot of will power not to impulsively pick it away.

Its almost like, I stay there, become curious about it, feel it still, maybe slightly massage it, and then let it be. I take my hands away, after Ive spent enough time with it - without getting rid of it.

Its almost like, Im making friends with it, getting to know it. And sometimes, it even starts to feel smoother after this process and time.

Its a way to lessen the charge of the zit, and my desire/need/impulse/addiction to remove it.

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Re: what to do with my fingers?

Postby reas » Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:14 pm

I bought a spinner ring a while ago that I think would easily help others. It's basically a ring that has a part of it that you can spin. It comes in various designs and such and it won't be seen as weird or anything. From experience, they do make a noise when spun, but it's not very loud. I think spinner rings could help a lot of people with skin picking because it's a nice accessory that can keep both hands occupied.

Another thing I've seen are stim toys. Basically, they are fidget toys to keep your hands occupied. There are a ton of different kinds out there. Personally, my favorite is the tangle. They may be seen as weird if you go out in public with them, but if it's in more private spaces like at home, sitting in a car, etc. then you won't get weird looks.

Both of these are pretty inexpensive and tend to work well for people. In my experience, they haven't helped a ton, but have probably helped the most out of any other method I have used to stop picking.

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Re: what to do with my fingers?

Postby lonewolfrissy » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:11 am

I have been trying to stay busy and trying to keep my skin moisturized. If my skin isn't breaking out and dried out, there's nothing to feel for. If retrain myself to take care of my skin, there won't be anything there.

Things I do to try and keep fingers busy: Sewing (Bags, quilts, costuming, etc), cooking/baking, working with friends with massage therapy, coloring, playing with my daughter, staying in sight of my husband...

I'm starting to get back to some old habits as I now believe my picking is not only caused by long term habit brought on by stress and annoyance, but also because of some extra curricular activities. I've been playing lullabies and other similar, peaceful, instrumentals to help unwind my mind. Coloring is current trend for me that seems to help.

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Re: what to do with my fingers?

Postby ampmorro2001 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:51 pm

I am new to this board and it is so comforting to read about the issues that others have-they are exactly what I am feeling/going through. I have always picked-my cuticles, scabs, pimples-you name it. Not surprisingly, my favorite part of gardening is the pruning part-so much like picking! I just recently ordered a spinner ring on the advise of a good friend-seems like a good thing to do with my hands. I also crochet while I'm watching tv, since this is always a distracted time when I pick the most. I touch my face on a constant basis and then if I find any irregularity, I pick it. Seems like part of the solution to breaking the cycle is to stop the sensory feedback by wearing gloves for a while.

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Re: what to do with my fingers?

Postby NJM » Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:44 pm

What to do with my hands is my biggest problem with picking. It started with biting my nails as a kid. But then I wanted to stop that so my hands would look better. But I just replaced it with pulling my hair, and later picking my zits in high school. Wanting my face to look better, I started picking at the little zits and bumps on my arms and legs. I still do that to some degree because it is not as noticeable (upper legs and butt). But I also pick at my cuticles and pull the skin off my feet. I don't want to do it, but I find it so hard to not do something while I am working at the computer (which I do a lot, since I work at home) or when I am reading. You all are right, it is some kind of self-soothing habit that is so hard to stop. (I was a thumb sucker too as a kid.)

The ideas here are helpful, and I think I'll try some new fidgets. But I also wanted to share one that does work for me sometimes. I fiddle with and knead modeling bees wax. It is meant for kids. But it is something I can do with one hand, and it keeps me from picking at something else. Here is the kind of bees wax I use, but I'm sure you can find it cheaper somewhere else.

https://www.amazon.com/Stockmar-Modelin ... B003H6D7SQ


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