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Bad habits.

I feel like such a hypocrite because I was just telling @larrygaga that I don't bite my nails anymore.  So, true, I don't bite them anymore.  But I'm terrible about picking at whatever mani I've got going on.  Fi treated me to a gel mani only a little over a week ago, and I just picked at a couple of rough spots-- WHAM, several nails ruined.  My normal salon in closed on Sundays and I won't be able to go this whole workweek, so I now have to decide whether to go elsewhere to have those 4 nails redone, pay for a whole new mani, or soak it off myself and DIY.  Gahhhhh I am terrible.

What are your bad habits you wish you could break?
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  • My bad habit I'm trying to break is preparing for 20 different scenarios that could happen just for one thing. Like if I have to something to do for work I come up with 20 different possible outcomes and how I could handle each one. I spend hours doing this. It's very mentally exhausting and I just started going to therapy for it ha.
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  • I do not iike to accept help. I'm too stubborn and also too much of a control freak. When i do let someone help me, I usually get frustrated with how things are done. I'm a horrble person...

     







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  • I chew on pens. Sounds relatively harmless, until I realize I'm chewing on the pen at the bank, or at the grocery store checkout, or in a coworkers office. Pure disgusting is what it is, and I'm shocked I rarely get sick considering the amount of germs I must be consuming on a semi-regular basis.
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  • I've never really been a nail biter. 

    However, I have always, ALWAYS picked at places. A friend's mother was asked if I was a meth baby at a party once when I was about ten. I've been bribed, smacked, annoyed, and given the Sock-Puppet Treatment. I am 26 and have, at the moment, a place on my left ankle, a place on my right knee, a place on my left arm, a place on my right hand, various hangnails that I'm worrying at, three or four places on my face (that have been there entirely too long), and places on my lower lip. 

    It gets A LOT worse with stress (which is why I have so many right now). I've been in therapy about it before, but it didn't really help me with that - although it helped with mental stress management, it did nothing for the physical tic. I don't know what to do about it, because I literally don't realize I'm doing it until someone says stop picking or until I'm bleeding.

    The only thing I've ever found to help is acrylic nails, because they prevent me from picking altogether. I'm considering getting them put on sometime this week because really it's getting out of hand.
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  • I'm soaking off a gel mani right now and HATING LIFE!

    Mine is a real OCD, but I pluck out my eyebrows and eyelashes.

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  • alucky23 said:

    I'm soaking off a gel mani right now and HATING LIFE!

    Mine is a real OCD, but I pluck out my eyebrows and eyelashes.

    My sister does this - trichotillomania I believe is the official term (hairless via compulsive pulling or twisting). She does eyebrows/lashes also. She started when she was 4 years old. When my mom asked her why all she could say was "I just wanted to do it."

    She has tried everything you can think of. The thing that helped the best for a while for her was getting acrylic nails because it was harder to pull the hair out. Then she learned how to pull with the nails. She will occasionally wear a rubber band around her wrist and snap that, or pull on the strings of a koosh ball - both of those worked better for her than any medication she tried or counseling she's gotten.


    Anyway - all of that to say I'm sorry you have to deal with that. It really sucks.
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  • Smoking is my worst habit. I've been trying to quit but I'm failing at it.

    Also I bite my nails. 
  • 1. Start drawing/painting

    2. Do not finish. Ever.

    3. Do it again.

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  • I used to bite my nails when I was a kid, but I've stopped.  It actually chipped my front 2 teeth a little.  I'm horrible for putting things back where they belong.  DH is a much neater person than I am and he cleans up my messes sometimes.  I feel bad when he does though.  

  • And as you all know from the OP, my bad habit is nail biting!

    I can slow it down if I'm not stressed and I chew a lot of gum. Nothing so far has ever broken my habit, except having those nail stickers or fake nails on. If I can't access the nail I can't chew it!!! It's a good thing my nails are really weak because my teeth would be shot otherwise. My dentist actually loves my teeth because if I don't chew my nails I chew gum!
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  • @beethery I don't how many times I started a painting to never finish it. I also tend to do that with activities in general.
    I think I may be grinding my teeth sometimes when I sleep. I'm not sure though. My bad habit is I have slight OCD when it comes to everything being perfectly clean and aligned. When am taking a poop even the toilet roll has to be properly aligned or I can't poop right.
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  • @beethery @raissyrais

    I start paintings all the time, and then get halfway through and leave it for months. If I don't have the want to do it, it will turn out terrible so I always have half finished things waiting for me to love it again. 

    What kind of paint do you use? I always use watered down acrylics, although I really should just water color. 
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  • Thanks @LabLove86 - yes, it sucks big time!! Sometimes I do it subconciously or when I'm stressed out, but a lot of the time for my eyelashes anyway, they itch until I pull them.

     

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  • Procrastinating, especially at things like laundry. I am The Worst. You should see "my room" aka the guest room I keep my clothes in that looks like the changing rooms at KMart after a sale. Just piles of clothes at varying degrees of cleanliness.

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  • larrygaga said:

    @beethery @raissyrais


    I start paintings all the time, and then get halfway through and leave it for months. If I don't have the want to do it, it will turn out terrible so I always have half finished things waiting for me to love it again. 

    What kind of paint do you use? I always use watered down acrylics, although I really should just water color. 
    Watercolor all day because I can do a million layers and hide fuckups. I'll start a digital sketch, and be really excited if I finish it. Then I get partway into painting it and nope the hell out of there.
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  • Playing with the backs of my earrings, I must touch them 1,000 times a day. Sometimes I go without earrings so that when I reach for it and it's not there, it makes me aware that I'm doing it to stop. But it never works. Been doing it since I was 13 and never really noticed until someone mentioned to me at 22. 

                                                                     

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  • Smoking. And hair twirling now that I'm letting it grow out long again.
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  • I believe I have dermatillomania, since I have always picked at my skin until it bleeds and hurts.  My parents would always scold me, telling me I would get scars all over from it.  Semi-recently, I had been trying to contain it to my scalp so people wouldn't see, but I have been doing it to my face which just sucks.  
    I also bounce my leg and it bothers people, but I never notice that I am doing it until people ask me to stop.
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  • Not finishing most of what I start. It's bad. I get distracted SO easily. Used to bite my nails and chew pens but have finally given that up. I'm sure if I asked H he could point out other bad habits I have.

    H is a skin picker. Drives me absolutely insane. There's little spots of blood all over our sheets because he can't even stop in his sleep. He's got eczema and a corn allergy that fucks up his skin so it's always broken out or he's super itchy. I'm always telling him to stop picking.
  • I poke at my face, hair, and nails entirely too much. I would be prettier if I didn't fiddle with my skin and hair!
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  • I also don't finish what I start. So many projects .

    I pick my nails. Just completely destroyed them over the weekend. Maybe I should go back to acrylics.
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  • jenna8984 said:

    Playing with the backs of my earrings, I must touch them 1,000 times a day. Sometimes I go without earrings so that when I reach for it and it's not there, it makes me aware that I'm doing it to stop. But it never works. Been doing it since I was 13 and never really noticed until someone mentioned to me at 22. 

    I am also and earring futzer. And I'm totally sorrynotsorry about it. I'm sure it makes me look like an idiot though.

    I'm also a huge hangnail picker. By which I mean I pick at my thumbs until I cause hangnails, not taht I just bother the ones that are there. My manicurist must hate me.
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  • I pick at the chapped skin on my lips until they bleed. I've been trying SO hard to stop, but I've been super stressed lately and that's when it's worst. Seeing all the skin-pickers in this thread talking about acrylic nails is making me want to get some to see if that helps. 
  • I have eczema and have really had to learn the hard way not to pick.  It gets ugly and nasty and painful as hell.   Acrylic nails really do help because they are thicker and have a rounded edge, so you can't use your sharp nail edge to pick.
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  • beethery said:
    @beethery @raissyrais

    I start paintings all the time, and then get halfway through and leave it for months. If I don't have the want to do it, it will turn out terrible so I always have half finished things waiting for me to love it again. 

    What kind of paint do you use? I always use watered down acrylics, although I really should just water color. 
    Watercolor all day because I can do a million layers and hide fuckups. I'll start a digital sketch, and be really excited if I finish it. Then I get partway into painting it and nope the hell out of there.
    I use mostly gouache cause I like the thick. I occasionally also use watercolours cause it's so delicate and pretty. 
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  • I pop my joints. I'm not just talking my knuckles here. Neck, back, hips, knees, ankles, wrists and shoulders. I'm always in pain and popping them helps- but only for a few moments, and I know it must be incredibly obnoxious for those around me, so I'm trying to stretch instead of op.
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