First things first. As an Aspie, we all have our little quirks and special habits that make us unique and one of a kind. Whether it be odd, helpful, or well, bad. One bad habit of mine is chewing. Fingernails, cuticles, knuckles…. Or, Hand Biting. I’ve looked it up recently, and I couldn’t believe that it was actually very common for those with Autism. I wasn’t just weird for chewing on my skin at random times, or without even realizing it. I’ll do it to the point of making my skin and knuckles raw and sore. That’s when I decide I should stop, or at least put some lotion or Burt’s Bees Hand Salve on them. That’s one way that stops myself. Others include playing with one of many fidget toys. Fidget spinner, fidget cube, a tangle toy, and even this new putty I’ve discovered, called Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty.
I don’t always have my fidget toys on hand, and I’ve found that whenever I’ve become anxious, fidgety, or even just concentrating on something like the TV, that’s when the chewing commences. My parents are always yelling at me, startling me whenever they catch me. My mom tells me to put on my Burt’s Bee’s I usually carry around in my purse or bag. My boyfriend absolutely hates it. He already has a pet peeve of nail biters. He’s gone from yelling at me to stop while giving me the death glare, to simply slapping my hands down, jolting me out of my trance. I know they’re just trying to help me, so I don’t get too upset. Especially when parts of my hands start to hurt and get sore.
When I do have my fidget toys on hand though, it really is helpful. All of them have little quirks and twists in them to keep my hands occupied elsewhere instead of my mouth. Even my Burt’s Bees is somewhat of a fidget toy. I put some hand salve on, and it feels so good on my hands I can’t help but rub my hands and fingers together, massaging my knuckles and sore spots. And it’s good for my skin! A plus!
So I have a question for all of you followers out there: What sort of bad habits or quirks do you have and how do you resolve it, or try to resolve it? I’d love to hear some feedback on all sorts of quirks other ASD people have and how different we can be. ❤