I’m going to go ahead and say that I’ve achieved this goal; I still bite the skin around my nails on occasion, but I’ve gotten a lot better and that’s all that matters. 1 month ago
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How I did it: For YEARS, and I mean YEARS I had been trying to stop biting my nails. It was an ever going battle with myself. At times, I would go a month or two without biting, and then all of a sudden... I'd start without even realizing it.
- Painting my nails
- Starting with one finger, focusing on not to biting that finger, and then moving on to two fingers... then three, and so on
- Wearing a rubber band to snap against my wrist whenever I felt the urge
- Rewarding myself after a week of not biting
- Thinking about it CONSTANTLY (however odd it sounds, this did work for quite some time)
- Trying really hard not to stress out about anything, because I believed stress was causing me to bite.
Without realizing I started biting again when I was writing my research paper! It’s the anxiety, I swear. The impulse is so hard to control the biting is such a mindless act.
Yikes, progress on 7 fingers are gone, only my pinkies and left ring finger ones stay intact. Ahhh I can do this! I must overcome this paper writing anxiety! 1 month ago
Although I do pick at my cuticles sometimes when I forget, I don’t actually bite the nail parts. I apply lotion and I massage my fingers whenever I feel a strong urge to bite.
Seeing the itty bit of nail growth is a big confidence boost right now. My nail grows very fast and strong (yes I’m lucky) so I’ll probably report back a week later to compare my progress. I can’t wait! 1 month ago
(Picture above: day 2)
Over the past couple of years when I succeeded at growing out my nails I took photos to commemorate those glorious moments. I like to look at those photos to remind myself how good it felt when I was able to have graceful looking fingers. I even changed my profile picture to one of them hah! (Maybe I should even print them and pin them up above my desk?)
Today’s day 2 and I didn’t bite. I actually caught myself trying to bite but I consciously yanked my hand away from my mouth. I also need to fight the urges to pick at my cuticles and the skin around my nails when I don’t bite though. 1 month ago
Nail biting is a serious problem for me. I curb the habit once in a while but it lasts for no more than 4 months before I relapse. The first time I overcame the habit was over 6 years ago. It only takes me about 4-5 weeks to stop biting but as soon as a trigger kicks in really badly I go straight back to square one again.
I’ve lost count already—this must be at least my 10th time restarting (note past entries). I see a pattern now. I snap back to nailbiting whenever I get very anxious, almost all of the times I can remember are exclusive because of school stress (writing papers, exams, etc).
So here I go again… sigh! 1 month ago
From my last entry in July, I stayed bite free. The sad thing is once I started school for massage in August, I had to cut them all off. All the way down. I was so upset, but I get it. :) I can’t even wear clear polish at school, so they’re always short and bare. If I want nails now, I will have to use temporary ones for a few days. 1 month ago
I actually have done this several times. We shall see how this time goes. I have not bitten them for about a week now. Or the insides of my cheeks, I am not sure if anyone else on here has this problem too? Lol 2 months ago