Ending a bad habit
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
So I've been a nail biter/picker for a LONG time. I picked up the habit from my mom when I was a little kid. It is about time I stopped. I've tried many things to no avail (bad tastes, fake nails, polish etc). I hesitate to post since I might fail (GASP!) but I am going to give this a try.
Tomorrow will be Day 1.
My first problem is realizing I am actually biting or picking at my nails. I usually don't even notice until I've done damage. My triggers are varied. Being busy, or not busy, or hungry, or (especially) at work, around other people that bite (office mate).
I know I can kick this habit. I just need to get started.
What I plan to do:
1. make the decision (check)
2. Become more aware of when I am biting or picking
3. When I find myself wanting to bite/pick take a breath break. Find out what is bothering me
4. If I can't see to stop put on lotion or do something else hand dependent.
I still need to work on some rewards. Free/cheap are best. Ideas?