Kicking the Habit

I have a confession to make. I have a really bad habit.

I pick at my fingers. What does that mean, you ask? Well, I don’t bite my nails, but I compulsively pick at the skin around them. (Yuck. I know.) It’s been going on for almost as long as I can remember. I actually remember someone telling me I should stop when I was in fourth grade. Wowsa. (Obviously, I should have listened to them. I could have saved myself a lot of trouble.)

I would love to have awesome nails and beautiful skin like this for my wedding. (Image from Mila Tara)

I’ve tried to stop about a gazillion times. In fact, I once stopped for about six months. I was so proud. But I picked the habit up again during some stressful thing in graduate school. Booooo. What’s weird is that I’ll tell myself, “I’m going to stop,” and then five minutes later I look down and realize I’ve been doing it again. Ugh.

Honestly, up until now, having yucky looking hands hasn’t really done too much to discourage my habit. I’m just used to it at this point. But now, I’ve got this beautiful ring on my finger, and someone is going to be taking a picture of my hand on my wedding day! And what if my fingers look totally disgusting?

Part of my wants to say, “Who really cares? They’re fingers.” But another part of me wants to say, “You should have kicked this habit a long time ago. Maybe you can use this as an excuse to get it together once and for all.”

Hive, I need your help. I’ve been trying to figure out how to quit for ages. But I don’t know what to do. I’ve come up with a few possibilities”¦

  • Start getting regular manicures. My MOH was doing the shellac manicures for a while, and they do look awfully pretty. There are two downsides to this: (1) It’s expensive, and (2) I really don’t like the feeling of having long nails. I can’t really explain it, but I prefer to have my nails super short. (Could I do manicures and not have long nails??)
  • Wear band-aids all the time for as long as it takes. I know this seems ridiculous, but it’s the only way I’ve found right now that I can stop myself. The downsides: (1) I would need a LOT of band-aids, and (2) I would look so stupid.
  • Rely on my willpower. (This method has been failing for about twenty years.)
  • Get over it, and work on something else.

Suggestions? Has anyone else quit a similar habit? How did you do it?


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
Bling to Get Ready In and Tags for Bags
One Treasured Day: All Dressed Up
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  1. bluewhale Bee
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 8:32 pm

    @primcess: Everyone says I need moisturizer. Maybe that’s what I’ve needed all along…

    @jilleeann: I always do it when I’m reading too!! That’s how I know it’s not necessarily stress related… I just do it because my hands want to be doing something. Maybe if I had something else that I could pick stuff off of…don’t know what that would be.

    @honeybee33: Hmmm… I hadn’t thought of silly putty. Thanks for all your suggestions!

    @chipper_bride: A cuticle cutter? Obviously I’ve never had a real manicure, because I didn’t know these things existed 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

    @bb: Yeah, I just hate the greasy feeling on my hands. Whenever I put lotion on my body, I always wipe my hands off on a towel afterward because I hate it on my hands. But I think I’ll try what you suggested, because I could handle it if it soaked in fast enough.

    @NYYandLace: What kind of gloves do you use? I might try putting them on at night, but I don’t want to look like a muppet 🙂

    @prettypincushion: Thanks for the encouragement!!

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