Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Trichotillomania Pull-Free Bracelet
If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen lots of photos of mine lately all about my Pull-Free Bracelet for my trichotillomania. I thought I'd give some background as to how I came up with it, what it is, and how it works!
In December of 2011, I was having a particularly rough time with my pulling. I couldn't stop, and it was really making me depressed. If you haven't read my past archives, I pull out my eyelashes and eyebrows (though it's not quite so bad anymore). I realized that I desperately wanted to stop pulling, and I came up with a reward system that would help me keep myself accountable. It ended up being the Pull-Free Bracelet. You can read the post that inspired the bracelet here, and read how to make the bracelet here. It's simple, and just requires some pony bead lacing, connectors, and craft beads.
Basically, for every day that I go without pulling, I add a bead to my bracelet (if I do pull, I have to take all the beads off and start over). I did really well with it for a while, and eventually, I took it off. A few weeks ago, I got a couple emails from blog friends (Laura, Anna, and Ginnetta) with trich, telling me they were going to start the bracelet on May 1st and wanted to know if I'd like to join them. Not only is it helping keep me accountable again, but I'm helping provide a little bit of motivation to these ladies! Now, we've even got a couple more people joining us in the bracelet making! It's so exciting to see an idea take flight... and actually be helpful.
I like the idea of reward systems like this because they can work for anything and any goals you may want to achieve... whether it's adding beads for pounds lost in a journey to a healthier lifestyle, days without biting your nails, or anything that would make you want to look down and say, "Wow, look how many days I've gone," this is just a neat way to see it in action. Here's to being pull-free and having a bracelet full of beads!
PS / / The watch is made by Rumba, in case you're curious!