I have a lot of bad habits, but one of my top 5 worst habits is that I am a serious nail biter. The tips of my fingers are nubs. It is hard for me to open up things with a pop top and scratching isn’t really that effective. I bite my nails because 1) I don’t like long nails, 2) I am anxious all the time, and 3) it is something to do. Apparently biting your nails means that you are a perfectionist. I like things to be done right. I don’t know who doesn’t, but I wouldn’t call myself a perfectionist.
So, I decided to challenge myself and see how long I can go without biting my nails. It has been 4 days and I have not taken a bite. It has been pretty hard to kick this habit, but it is good that I am practicing self-control. I have noticed that I have been chewing gum a lot more. It could be because I am not biting my nail, or because I am cutting down on my food intake. Either way it appears I am replacing one habit with another, which I feel is normally not a good thing, but gum is harmless, right?