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Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Confession.

Most of the time I trundle through life checking things off the never-ending list, moving from one job to another without difficulty and putting fires out with seeming aplomb. From appearances I seem to be in complete control and utterly confident and calm.
My mother tells me I'm the child she never has to worry about.
But somewhere, buried deep under all that togetherness lurks 'Anxiety Girl'.

From Pinterest.

I fight her superpowers with all that I have but sometimes she comes out on top.

Apparently, I am stressed today and completely unaware of that fact.
I have not vanquished my silent foe.

Until I see that I've done this to myself...

A few years back I finally managed to stop biting my nails, but I can't seem to shake the habit of picking the skin surrounding them. My hands just need to be busy busy busy!

I have found myself virtually inhaling 'snacks' at the rate of knots this week which also makes me (and my waistline) very grumpy with myself!
I shall now go make a cup of tea and pull out the crochet before I have to track down another bandaid.

Good grief!



  1. Can I quote your whole post on my blog??? you have summed up the state if my past 6 months or so - god knows how many kg added to my butt & fingers that look like they've been in a blender. We two are clearly peas-in-a-pod. I too am Anxiety Girl!!!

  2. No wonder we are such good friends!

  3. I thought I was the only one who did that! I've had my hands in my pockets or tucked up my sleeves a lot lately :( I console myself that there are worse ways to deal with stress, hope things balance out for you soon!

  4. I do the same thing. I didn't even notice til my girls told me they can always tell when I am stressed cause I pick at my nails. When I am working in the store I wonder if people look at my hands! I might take up drinking instead :)

  5. Oh Jen, this is me exactly. At the moment I have tourtured my thumb so bad that it hurts to type. Ocassionally I fall back into the biting habbit, but it really is the picking that is bad, problem for me is that I don't know how to crochet or knit, so I find myself always eating, which probably gives me more unconscious anxiety and makes me pick more. I have tried so many things to help me to stop, and the problem that I have now is that my daughter sees me bit my fingers and picks, so she thinks that this is ok, she too has developed the habit one that I'm afraid will last a life time.

    So when you find that magical cure, please pass it on, you are not alone,y fingers will love you for it. xxx

  6. Thanks ladies. Interesting that we all this in common. A list of lovely empowered professional women! I think it's probably mind over matter,it's just that our minds are occupied with all the other million tasks in our lives.
    My daughter has started doing it too, and daddy is a nailbiter so there's probably not much hope for her. Writing this post has helped me to focus on it, maybe I'll get it under control for a while...


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