I would not say that I have a lot of bad habits, but one that I have been trying to kick for quite some time is biting my fingernails. One of the reasons it was so hard for me to quit is because I did it mindlessly when I got nervous or anxious about something or if I had extra time to be fidgety. The reason that had the biggest impact on me not succeeding in stopping before, though, is that it didn’t bother me enough to focus on quitting. Sure, it was something that I did that I wasn’t particularly fond of, but it wasn’t something I found worth devoting my time and energy into stopping. Furthermore, my love for athletics and for playing the piano made having short fingernails desirable as then I didn’t have to worry about accidentally injuring myself or an opponent and I didn’t have to listen to the click of my nails on the piano keys.
As I was creating my Day Zero Project it caused me to think about things that I had always wanted to do or to stop doing that I never quite got around to. Hence the reason stop biting my fingernails made the list. I originally thought that this was going to be a hard thing to cross off my list since I had always been a nail biter, but surprisingly, that was not the case. In fact, it all started because I was having a conversation with a friend about biting my fingernails and just decided that now is as good of time as ever to quit. Once I made the conscious decision to stop, it was actually really easy! There are still a few times when I catch myself in certain situations start to mindlessly pick at my nails or cuticles, but once I am conscious of it, I stop.
Since I have stopped, I have a new found appreciation for painting my nails! As a child, since my nails were so short, I never really got into what all the hype in painting your fingernails was all about. I understand it now. 🙂 I have also found that it is a great way to bond with staff members and residents! Below are some pictures. Shout out to Ayla and Lex for an awesome nail painting party.