I was able to stop for almost two months last summer. My vacation happened to coincide with a renewed desire to kick the habit, so I thought I had done just that: overcome a simple habit. But once school started up again, I was shocked at how quickly my nails disappeared. Since then I’ve noticed a clear pattern; whether I travel or stay home, whenever school is not in session, my nails grow unimpeded.
It’s possible that it is just a habit that I unconsciously associate with school related activities, and thus, during breaks, when I’m not doing those activities, I’m not biting my nails. But it’s equally likely that this is a symptom of stress—a nervous habit. Which I’d never considered before because I started when I was quite young and I did it all the time (until just recently), and I’ve never thought of myself as a stressed or nervous person.
So this raises the question, could I really have been so stressed my whole life and not realized it? And how can I remove the stress without removing the causes of it (ie: school)?
Perhaps I should accept nail biting as the price of striving for certain goals in life.