Do you pull your lashes when you’re reading in bed?
Do you pull your brows when you’re watching a movie or TV?
Personally, I am the absolute worst when I am reading or watching TV. It’s so easy to slip into a comfort of being unaware until you realize your hands are being fresh! (slaps hands.At that point, you may realize that you’re pulling but at that point it’s too late, and you don’t even care that it’s happening, and therein lies the cycle of self-shame. Let’s get out of the cycle of self-shame.
At that point, you may realize that you’re pulling but at that point it’s too late, and you don’t even care that it’s happening, and therein lies the cycle of self-shame. Let’s get out of the cycle of self-shame. Because who likes shaming oneself? Well…that’s a entirely different post for another time ;).
Of course, there are the usual suspect advice for self-distraction like go for a jog, walk outside, call a friend, etc. But, even though these are totally viable options for a means of distraction, but let’s be serious, how many times have you rolled your eyes after hearing the same suggestions all the time?
Here are 5 Things to Do When You Feel the Urge to Pull
GET UP! GET UP GET UP! Take yourself OUT of the trance and GET UP! Jump up if you must to shock yourself out of the pulling position. GET UP!
Play with Makeup. This helps for two reasons. First, you are being mindful of feeling good about yourself, which will discourage the desire to pull. Second, it keeps all hands busy doing something fun, methodical, and it never gets old. Find a makeup artist you really like, there are many on YouTube, pull it up on the computer or iPad, and start having some fun with makeup play. I refer to it as “Playing with My Face”. Practice building a brow!
Some of my personal favorite Makeup Artists/Tutorials:
Decoupage. I like decoupage because of the level of involvement. There’s cutting up pages out of an old magazine or book, (I love scissor cutting through paper, so gratifying), and neatening up the cut outs, and the actual placement of the paper on whatever it is your recreating (vase, table, decorative platter) with the modge podge. Then the end result is so awesome, you created something beautiful with your hands.
Organizing Your Computer Folders. Because they get out of hand super quickly, and if you work from a computer, your day can be so much more well spent if your files are all well placed and easy to find. It reduces so much frustration. And it can also feel kind of fun in a file organizing kind of way.
Coloring. Painting. Art. But maybe you don’t even know you like these things so you’ve never invested in that particular hobby. So one of my best friends uses an app! She finds it so soothing, and it’s right on her phone. Sometimes the path of least resistance, like the convenience of instantly being able to distract your hands beats having to think about going to the store to obtain hobby supplies. The Colorfy App seems to be a fan favorite, and is available for both Android and Apple devices.