Navigating trichotillomania during financial uncertainty is undeniably tough. Drawing from personal experience, I want to share how faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work has brought peace and introduce a practical tool – HabitAware bracelets – that can help redirect hair-pulling behaviors into positive moments of reflection.
Trichotillomania’s grip tightens during times of stress, making it crucial to find coping mechanisms that address external pressures and internal struggles, especially when money is tight.
The Lord has made many promises to us as believers; it’s up to us to take a “time-out” and reflect on those promises.
“He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.”– Isaiah 26:3
To keep in perfect peace, we must choose to keep our minds stayed on Him.
How do we get our minds off the challenge, off the struggle, and put it back on Him?
If hair pulling is a trigger for your stressing out, like me, you need something to help you become aware.
HabitAware Bracelets: A Helping Hand
HabitAware bracelets are designed to bring awareness to hair-pulling habits. By gently nudging us in the moment, they provide an opportunity to pause, redirect the behavior, and channel that energy into something positive.
Use this moment to read, reflect, or write in a journal – turning a potentially negative action into a constructive one.
The Power of Right Believing
Faith in Jesus Christ isn’t complicated, but how do we get faith?
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of Christ.”– Romans 10:17 NIV
Hear the word of Christ. Stop what you’re doing and hear Him.
For me, I have the Joseph Prince Ministries app on my phone. It’s come a long way from where it used to be. Now it actually reads the daily devotional to me and follows it with a prayer, meditation time, and video! There’s really nowhere I can’t be to have a devotion time, a time dedicated to hearing Him, having Him hear me, and letting go.
It helps so much to have this time. Don’t let yourself go another day without taking time to HEAR.
Faith comes by hearing.
Peace comes when we put our minds on Him (Is 26:3). Faith comes by hearing Him (Rom 10:17).
Thinking is something we do anyway, right? As someone with trichotillomania, we think, most likely when we’re pulling, so we don’t even notice the pulling.
Even when I notice it, the hair-pulling helps me think about the things I shouldn’t be thinking about.
The nice thing about the HabitAware bracelets is they give me awareness; finding something more positive to do is up to me. Thinking isn’t one of those things, so I choose to hear the devotional on my app or watch a video that helps me.
The act of picking up the phone and navigating the app is keeping my hands busy, reading or hearing the app helps keep my mind busy. Together, the two are powerful.
Many times I think, I don’t have time for this, but I really don’t have time to NOT do it. The stress will eventually take more time than building myself up in the Lord’s will. It will take it off the end of my life, out of my head, out of my health.
I suggest the Joseph Prince Ministries app because I know what he preaches. It’s all grace-based, nothing that’s going to put a heavy weight on you.
When you’re in financial turmoil, condemnation is already weighing on you. The last thing you need is someone telling you to do better. That’s not what this pastor does; that’s why I suggest his app but really, anything that is going to keep your mind on Him is what you need.
Don’t let anything put the focus on you or the weight on you. That’s not going to help someone with Trichotillomania, trust me, I know.
We want to be better; if we could, we would. That’s not what anyone in our circumstance needs to hear. We need to hear Him. Hear of His finished work. Hear of His grace. Hear of His miracle-working power. It’s that hearing that will make faith arise and bring us up and out of this financial downturn.
I’m going through a lot right now, but I choose to be aware of my condition and aware of what Jesus has done and will do for me.
You’re Not Alone
Trichotillomania can be isolating, but you’re not alone. Reach out to others who share your faith and struggles. Having a supportive community combined with practical tools can make a significant difference.
Amid trichotillomania and financial uncertainties, awareness and hearing about Jesus Christ offer peace.
By incorporating practical tools like HabitAware bracelets, you not only gain awareness but also create moments for positive redirection. Remember, with faith as your guide and practical tools in hand, there’s hope for more peaceful days ahead.
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