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When you're anxious, do you have any bad or nervous habits? If so, what are they?
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Date: 2011-05-11 03:28 pm (UTC)
shanaqui: Shido from GetBackers. Text: full moon sway. ((Shido) Full moon)
From: [personal profile] shanaqui
Picking at scabs. I used to pull my hair out and bite the skin around my nails, but I don't do that anymore.

Date: 2011-05-11 03:37 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (Default)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Picking, procrastinating, obsessive compulsive behavior, reduced social life, drastically reduced exercise, sleep, and healthy eating, and tendency towards downward depressive spiral.

I hate being anxious.

Date: 2011-05-11 03:59 pm (UTC)
tragedy_virus: girl with an interesting/strange hat (peter white held by the ears)
From: [personal profile] tragedy_virus
Terrible posture (i.e. hunching shoulders), fidgeting with my clothes, and lightly-ish biting my hands...

Date: 2011-05-11 04:12 pm (UTC)
fadedwings: (sad and lonely)
From: [personal profile] fadedwings
Hunching over, biting my fingers, also I fidget. If it gets really bad I start shaking uncontrollably but I guess that's not really a nervous habit exactly.

Date: 2011-05-11 05:02 pm (UTC)
owlectomy: A squashed panda sewing a squashed panda (Default)
From: [personal profile] owlectomy
Splaying out my fingers is a thing I do when I'm made anxious by a crowd. It's a personal space thing. Also, holding my arms up high and close to my body like a T-rex.

I chew the skin around my fingernails. I've bitten my entire hand in a state of anxiety once.

Date: 2011-05-11 05:57 pm (UTC)
darchildre: a candle in the dark.  text:  "a light in dark places". (Default)
From: [personal profile] darchildre
My hands are covered with weird callouses from where I dig my fingernails into various spots on my other fingers. I also fidget a good deal and, when I have to talk to people or about things that I'm not comfortable with, I adjust my glasses compulsively. And I get worse and worse at eye contact the more anxious I am...not that I'm terribly good at it at the best of times.

Date: 2011-05-11 06:05 pm (UTC)
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (Default)
From: [personal profile] bedlamsbard
I peel the skin off my lips (which is actually something I also do out of habit, but it gets significantly worse when I'm worked up in some way). I also have some kind of -- I'm not sure exactly how to describe it, it's something like cracking my jaw. (Which is new, as of this past semester! I would like it to go away, please, although for a couple of years I used to get some kind of lockjaw symptom and would crack my jaw to make that go away, or just out of nervous habit.)

possibly TMI

Date: 2011-05-11 08:38 pm (UTC)
harpers_child: i gave in and ate five rotten applecores from the tree of knowledge  (five rotten applecores)
From: [personal profile] harpers_child
my hands shake when i'm having a panic attack. i tend to pull my hair when i'm anxious, but that's mostly for the head clearing pain. i'm a self harmer and i always will be even if i don't do most of those behaviors anymore.

when my grandfather was dying i plucked out my underarm hair with tweezers.

Date: 2011-05-11 09:57 pm (UTC)
omens: sun shining through leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] omens
Mindless eating, wikipedia/medical site "research" (which, of course, usually makes things worse), and the hunched/protective posture. :/

Date: 2011-05-12 03:08 am (UTC)
sid: (3w4dw)
From: [personal profile] sid
I play endless games of Minesweeper or FreeCell or anything similar that will engage my brain and make it shut up. The aching mouse hand is not fun.

Date: 2011-05-12 04:05 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
I'm a self-harmer - scratching, picking, pulling out hair.

Lately, I've been baking on weekends, just so that I'm not having that time where I can worry at myself. Baking means clean hands, clean hands mean I'm aware of what my hands are doing, and they don't go wandering off to scratch or pick. And you know, baked goods are nice, too.

Date: 2011-05-12 07:39 am (UTC)
vae: (Default)
From: [personal profile] vae
I pick at the skin around my fingernails, especially my index fingers and thumbs. I have scabs on three fingers at the moment.

And I eat. Oh, boy, do I eat. All the wrong things for balancing out brain chemicals.

Date: 2011-05-12 10:10 am (UTC)
snowynight: Kino in a suit with brown background (Default)
From: [personal profile] snowynight
If I'm holding some piece of paper in my hand, I 'll roll them into a ball. With tissues, I'll tear them into little pieces.

Date: 2011-05-12 12:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] willidan
Hunching over, curling into myself to the point I have to force myself to push my back into the chair (because of the back pain I have). Most of the time I cross my arms and dig my nails into the palms of my hands. Occasionally, if I catch myself doing that, I can back off and escape the situation. Or at least I know what's coming and can prepare myself.


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