Self Care Is Vital.
“No more martyring myself.”– Sharon E. Rainey
Self Care is how you take your power back over trichotillomania.
Here are 4 self care tips to help you start.
Make A Trichotillomania Toolkit
Make a trichotillomania toolkit for yourself to help you battle your hair pulling. I have my fidgets, cooling products, hair barriers and other supplies I use to combat hair pulling.
I’ve made myself a toolkit for my home and my car so I can take it on the go. It’s important to have these trichy tools with us at all times, the more we can intercept the urge, the more hair we’re going to have.
Get A Good Hair Care Routine In Place.
Having a good hair care routine has really helped minimize my self loathing in this area. Back in October, I purchased myself some really fancy hair care products and it’s been a game changer. The products make my hair feel silky (not kinky) and it cleanses my scalp and leaves an almost cooling touch to it.
When my hair feels good, I’m not pulling as much. When my hair looks good, I’m not self loathing as much. I feel a heightened sense of awareness to not pull my hair when I have a good hair care routine in place.
Most likely there are things that trigger your hair pulling and make it worse, I know that was true for me. When I started keeping track of certain things I did each day it became clear what those things were.
I could easily see patterns in my life where I pulled more because of something I was doing those days, it takes a couple minutes to jot these things down, especially if you keep a premade journal in your toolkit. 😉
Read Something Spiritual For 10 Min Daily
“An empty lantern provides no light.
Seems too simple, but reading something spiritual like the Bible or a devotional can change the whole course of the day. Many of us are out the door in the morning without giving a second thought to it but 10 minutes could change everything.
Reading positive affirmations and inspirational messages will help combat a lot of the negative thoughts that are plaguing us. We can’t control every circumstance that comes at us, but we can prepare ourselves mentally so that we can react to those circumstances better.
I created a faith-based, Christian journal just for people with trichotillomania. This journal also has a tracking diary built in it, so you have your motivational messages and daily tracking info at your fingertips.
Self Care Will Take Some Time
Self care takes time each day but it doesn’t have to be something that weighs you down and feels heavy.
- Put together the toolkit first, that is super important.
- Read something that lifts your Spirit DAILY.
- Grab a pre-made faith-filled trichotillomania journal to jot things down fast.
- Get some GOOD shampoo and hair care products. Do not be cheap with yourself, I spent a small fortune on hair care and I don’t regret it one bit.
As you start to care for yourself, you will start see improvements in a lot of different areas. Self care will minimize pulling substantially, lift spirits and help restore ones self back to wholeness day by day.