You would like to take steps towards reducing the effects of Trichotillomania on your life in 2016, but you’re not sure where to start…
1st Step : Making the commitment
Nothing is harder than acknowledging an issue and deciding to do something about it. If you’re reading this, you’ve already decided to take a step forward! Write down your commitment on a sticky note and put it on your mirror. Next to it – write words of encouragement as a reminder that you can do this! You could use this, “strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”
2nd Step: Define your Goals and Reasoning
After you commit, decide on your desired end result goal. Here are some things to think about.
Will you stop completely all at once or gradually over time?
By how much time will you reduce picking and by when?
Which target areas will you stop pulling hair?
How will you know when you have achieved your goal?
What specific reasons, purpose or benefits are there for accomplishing your goal?
Write your goal at the bottom of a piece of paper. A broad goal happens in steps. So you need to create smaller goals starting at the top of your paper that are achievable daily/weekly/monthly (whatever your timeline looks like). Create your first step and write it down. Pursue your first step, complete it and then check it off. Repeat the process with a second step and a third until you reach your end result! The constant success of the smaller goals will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you on track.
3rd Step: Find an Accountability Partner
Find a support group in your area or online resource and seek out a specific relate-able person to hold you accountable once a week or more. Do not forget this step! Would you have completed your homework in school if you didn’t have a teacher to give you a test afterwards? Probably not. The same goes for goals in life. Decide who will give you a test at the end of each week!
Here is one source you can check out for help : http://www.trichstop.com/