As I write this post, I am home with a sick kid—worrying about her, my upcoming deadlines, and the errands that won’t get done today. Needless to say, I’m stressed. And often when I’m stressed, I bite my nails. I’ve had this bad habit ever since I can remember (though I have mysteriously quit from time to time).
Here’s what I’ve tried in an attempt to stop: Bad-tasting polish, snapping a rubber band I wear around my wrist every time I notice I’m biting, bribery (I’ll buy myself a bag if I can just grow out my nails), regular manicures, hypnosis (yes, really). I even tried making deals with my kids: If they stop thumb-sucking, I’ll stop nail biting. They stopped, I didn’t.
I know how I judge people with bitten nails when mine are grown out. I see them as insecure or, worse, as hot messes. Neither of which I consider myself to be.
So, I turn to you all, surely there’s a real simple way to kick the habit. Any and all suggestions are welcome!
Have a different bad habit? Here, advice on how to tackle it.