I need pretty hands.
February 24, 2012 8:55 PM Subscribe
How can I stop messing with my cuticles and nails? I don't want sad-looking hands forever!
posted by sucre to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I was a child nail-biter and now I'm an adult cuticle-picker. It's a disgusting habit but I can't seem to stop. My thumbs are the worst: no cuticles to speak of, horizontal ridges, lumpy and painful looking (my mom does the same thing and her thumbs look terrible, too).
I know it's linked to my anxiety (which I'm addressing in therapy), but I would like to either find a replacement behavior or stop completely. I do it when I'm anxious, when I'm bored, whenever. It's so satisfying to find the rough spots and mess with them... but so gross! And my cuticles almost always hurt afterward. Also, I'm a teacher who works with goobery little children, so putting my hands in my mouth is pretty nasty.
I've tried wearing bandaids, using lots of cuticle cream, wearing polish, using NailTek. For about a week I tried rolling a little ball of fuzz (ha) between my fingers, which was slightly satisfying. It's just such an ingrained habit that I do it without thinking. Mindfulness would certainly help; I'm working on that, too.
I really want pretty hands. Help me, please!