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Old 09-29-2016, 08:44 PM
 
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What kahlua said- replace that behavior with something else. It's tricky, but can be done. You just have to really work on consciously changing the behavior until it becomes a new habit. Keeping a worry fidget in your pocket can help. Have it in hand as much as possible so you fidget with that instead of picking at your skin. Since "picking" is such a habit, it can be helpful to have something you can scrape at or pick at. For example, you can pick away at a crayon (but it makes a mess). You can also try to prevent yourself from picking. Wear gloves whenever possible, put a slick lotion on your face that makes it harder to pick. Basically, make it as hard to pick as possible.

You're not the only teacher who experiences anxiety, and you're not the only one who picks. That's actually a somewhat common response to anxiety. Unfortunately, it can be noticeable. Hopefully someone with personal experience can chime in as well! I'm sorry you're going through this.
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