I’m about to share the single thing that worked when it came to quitting a very disgusting habit that haunted me for more than 30 years.
And then, I’m going to duck.
Because I received and rejected the very same advice. And hated when people would try and tell me it was the only way.
My habit, which I’ve confessed to before:
was nail biting. Nasty, down to the quick, bloody cuticle nail biting. I started very young and despite trying everything over the years — special nail polish, wearing gloves, getting manicures (I even considered hypnosis) — I was never able to stop myself from chewing.
I had stretches of success, lasting a few weeks or at one point even two months.
But I always, ALWAYS fell off the wagon. I felt ashamed, dirty and wondered how I could ever break the habit.
And you know what the answer was?!
Deciding to FREAKING DO IT. No excuses, no waffling. Just quitting, cold turkey.
Something changed in my brain on the day I truly and finally decided that I would not be a nail biter. I wasn’t pregnant at the time — not even thinking about it — but I knew that I did not want to pass on nail biting to my own kids, and I was sick to death of being embarrassed by my weakness. And so I stopped.
I don’t know what was different about the day I decided to quit except that I meant it, 100%. I will never not be a nail biter in my heart — I still pick at my nail beds and think about chewing on torn or messy nails (that’s why I keep them VERY short). My fingernails will always be a bit weird looking from the years of abuse. But I don’t bite my nails and I never will again.
What’s your bad habit and how will YOU break it?