Since Habit Reversal Theory has led to my most long-lived successes in battling my own Trich (up to several years at times), I've begun revisiting some of the old techniques I used to use and some new ones in a new round of attempts.
In my research, one piece of advice struck me as highly significant: the easiest place to change a bad habit is on vacation.
The reasoning behind the advice stems from the fact that environmental cues play a huge role in the habitual neural loop and simply removing yourself from your normal environment can provide a useful kick-start to a habit-reversal session. I am about to move in 2 weeks, and I'm hopeful that this change of scenery can be a useful tool in my own renewed attempts at habit reversal. For me, a particular spot on the couch we currently own (but aren't bringing with us) seems to be a particularly bad trigger zone.
In the meantime, rather than wholly try to replace the pulling behavior with another habitual act, I'm going to try and do so specifically when I'm sitting in my particular trigger spot and see if that helps bleed over into other parts of my day. In this particular bout of Habit Reversal training, my ultimate goal is to incorporate meditation and breathing techniques into my daily routine along with my current exercise regiment to try and combat the underlying stress. With that in place, I'm hoping that if I can rid myself of the habitual aspect, while simultaneously treating my own personal methods of dealing with anxiety, a relapse will be less likely that with the removal of the habitual behavior alone.
Does anyone else have any significant environmental cues that seem to influence their own pulling? Or, has anyone had any success with something as simple as re-arranging a room to provide a jolt to the norm?