Everyone has at least one habit. Like one of my habits is biting my nails, my sister used to have the habit of seeming like she was chewing her drinks. I know I need to stop biting my nails, especially since I am trying to grow them.
Seeing as we are talking about mental health this week I want to write about some habits that my fiance has, that we have only really taken notice of since his diagnosis.
It may seem like an OCD kind of habit but most things he does, he has to do 3 times. When he knocks a door, he has to knock 3 times. Brushing his teeth, he spits out toothpaste 3 times. When he locks our front door, he checks the handle 3 times. This may sound strange, but I enjoy listening out for the 3 taps and watching out for the 3 handle checks.
I suppose that these habits are a coping mechanism. Sort of like giving people something to occupy their minds other than the thoughts and feelings deriving from their depression and anxiety.
What habits do you have? Did you know about your habits before someone told you about them? Are they a coping mechanism for you? I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to get in touch.