Setbacks are part of the healing process from body-focused repetitive behaviors. Our BFRBs are deeply ingrained, and if it were easy to “just stop,” we wouldn’t be here, eh! 🙄
Therefore, it helps me if I accept that fact – it makes it a little easier for me to forgive myself if I slip.
Feeling negative or self-loathing during or after a picking or biting episode will only make the situation worse.
With this in mind, I’m trying to change my inner monologue: from “since I screwed up, I can keep picking and biting” to “it’s okay if I get lost in a BFRB episode. Keep going and focus on the healing path.”
To sum it up, let me tell you: It’s okay to slip. The aim is not to slip as hard and as often.
Sending you much love. Anja