I haven’t bitten my fingernails since October 18. I went with my sister Leslie to get mani/pedis before her wedding, and I decided to get a manicure even though my nails were gross and really short. Once I had the manicure I couldn’t bite them—they looked so pretty!
Apologies for the blurry picture. And we’ll tackle not chewing on that index finger at a later date—yes, indeed, that callous you see is from me chewing on it. Like I said, later date.
Since then I haven’t bitten my nails. Two or three weeks ago I had to remove the pink polish because it was looking awful. I considered getting another manicure but decided not to spend the money. I considered painting my nails myself but I knew that would look bad and defeat the purpose. So I just kept trimming my left hand nails (I need them really short for the violin) and letting my right hand nails grow a bit more. I just remind myself that I don’t bite my nails anymore. I constantly remind myself of this.
(I had fake nails put on for my wedding day…they looked great!)
I’ll catch myself with a nail in my mouth, particularly when driving—that is my most vulnerable time. People have all kinds of suggestions, but it boils down to this: you can quit biting your fingernails using the same technique you can use to quit anything else.
1. Decide to quit.
2. Continue not doing it.
Like any bad habit you want to quit, the key is in number one: deciding to quit. You have to really want it. You can’t do it for somebody else, you have to do it for you, and decide whatever it takes, you will quit.
I’m there with my nails. I’m tired of being ashamed of my hands. I know it’s taken a long time to get here, but I’m ready.
Look at that white bit at the end of my nails! CRAZY.
Yesterday I was pretty stressed out and my nails looked really tempting. I fought through and ended up not biting them. I felt pretty accomplished by the end of the day too! See, you can quit a bad habit AND pat yourself on the back about it.
Have you ever been successful at quitting a bad habit? How did you accomplish it?
(Note to readers: it’s been less than a month for me so I’d hardly consider this a surefire success, but I’m feeling good about it.)