[Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. Last month Michelle gave up stress eating. This month, Charlotte’s going to try to stop biting her nails. Can she do it!? Could you?]
First of all, thank you so much to all of you who left me wonderful supportive comments after my post last week. I’m so glad I’m not the only one still biting my nails aged 21!!
I’m not going to say I haven’t bitten my nails all week. Because that would first of all be impossible for me, and that would also be a lie. There has been some nibbling. Some chewing. But I have been making a conscious effort to not bite my nails as much as I normally would. There is a little bit of white to be seen on my nails. Only a little, but more than my usual white-free stubs. I have found, and some of the comments confirmed this, that clear nail polish is definitely the way to go. Even when I wore a lovely peach colour on my nails on Monday, I was biting that off by Tuesday and in turn, chewing on my nails too. Clear nail varnish allows me to be more aware of how far I’ve come. Seeing that smidgen of white really helps motivate me.
Clear nail varnish also works for me because I work in a supermarket on the deli department and am therefore not allowed coloured nail polish. But clear allows my nails to look pretty and shiny which makes me want to bite them much less.
The bad-tasting stuff is also working much more than usual. I’ve been using it since I was about 12, but this time I switched to another brand and my god, is it awful!! It’s just not worth it to have my fingers in my mouth with that nasty stuff on them!!
I’ve really appreciated all your comments and have been chewing gum and drinking lots of water to keep my mouth busy. I am also intrigued by the idea of Tabasco sauce, but I hope I don’t have to resort to that!!
This has been a really busy week, too, which I think has helped. I’m on an internship at the moment so I barely have a moment to think straight, but I’m off all next week so I hope I don’t go back to boredom-biting!! I’ll let you know how it goes!!
Here’s to another week of biting less and focusing more!!
Check out the other One Month Challenges we’ve taken on. And if you’ve got a challenge you want to tackle (and be held accountable for), email us and we could feature you next month. Come on – it’s good for you!