Staying committed is essential to recovery from trich. We all have those days when the idea seems very doable and all important…but then there are those other days when things are not going so great and it seems too hard, not worth the fight. It is in those times when commitment is most important. The decision to fight no matter how we feel or how we are doing in our current situation is the difference maker. It is easy enough to continue on when the urge isn’t bad, but stopping yourself when it is all consuming is the real key. It is the decision to keep working after a major pulling episode or when your hair is at its worst.
Through a steadfast commitment to monitoring and consistent use of helpful strategies, the pulling WILL get better. We must preserve even when it seems our efforts are in vain. This why progress monitoring is great…we can take a step back and look at our patterns over a long period of time. Even though the past day, week, or month has been bad, the overall decline in pulling will be evident with continued dedication to recovery.
I have tried charting for many years, but usually give up after a few months when it seems it is not helping. I am now committed to chart each day no matter what. I know in the long run, this will lead to progress. It may take years, but I will get better. The good times will last longer and it will be easier to climb out of the depths of a bad pulling spree. Eventually, it will be easier to resist the urges and in time I know I will be pull free. I am committed, even when I don’t feel like it, I will continue.
As for my current situation…I am 16 days PF on my scalp and 4 days pull free with my lashes. March looks like it will be the first month since September when I had more good days than bad days. This is progress for which I am very thankful. My hair still doesn’t look any better, but I know I am working towards my goal and that feels great.
Here is a great post about commitment to kicking trich:
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