A couple of years ago i quit biting finger nails. The success was however a bit short lived as I soon found myself eating the inside of my mouth. And I could not stop it however much I tried like I did when I stopped biting nails. Quitting nail biting was only easy because I replaced it with cheek biting.
I’ve come to realize that the biting of nails and “mouth skin” is only a symptom of my sometimes heightened level of anxiety, mostly caused by negative thinking (about myself and others). I often find myself eating skin, then becoming aware of some thought I just had that made me anxious.
I find listening to jazz music (The Bad Plus, Kurt Rosenwinkel, James Farm, Bill Evans etc.) helpful, as it requires me to “stay in the now”, and be aware of the moment (the melody of the improvisor blended with the rest of the band). Kills of a lot of anxiety! Music = sanity/happiness =)
My other goals includes meditating regularly, working out and being more social. Also seems like a good thing to stop fapping. If I reach these goals, I am sure my anxiety will diminish, as well as my urge to eat my own skin.
Glad to be part of a community all about change! Good luck to all of you. One love! 4 months ago