Breaking Bad Habits

Everyone has habits, both good and bad.

Breaking bad habits is really difficult to do, but it can be done.

I’ve had several bad habits in my years.

I am an ex-smoker. I started smoking around the age of 14 and by 18 I was on 20-a-day. I’d tried to quit several times but always failed. Then I met Paul, who having never smoked, didn’t like it much. Then I found that the more time I spent with Paul the less I was craving a cigarette – so I bit the bullet and decided to go cold turkey and quit.

It was hard, especially when out socially, but I did it!!

Another bad habit is I am a horrific nail biter! Well – I was!

Again, I have tried many times over the years and pretty much every trick going. I’ve tried just stopping, having just one nail that gets bitten and letting the others grow, putting horrid tasting specialist nail-biting stopper on my fingers, using nail growth varnish and applying false nails but nothing worked.

I’ve always envied those with lovely long nails who can have them painted in various colours. It just looks so nice and feminine.

I would find I’d hide my bitten nails away. Embarrassed and ashamed of them.

Then a few weeks ago I decided enough was enough. I had a spa day booked and one of my treatments was a manicure.

I decided to try to stop buying my nails the week before my manicure, so at least there would be something there. I started using the Sally Hansen Maximum Growth nail varnish, applying one coat every other day.

I hoped that having a manicure and seeing my nails look pretty, would really encourage me to stop biting – and I have to say, it’s worked!

I am still using the Sally Hansen Maximum Growth varnish every other day and I still have to resist the urge to nibble, but nearly 3 weeks in and I think they’re looking pretty good!!

Apparently, it takes around 3 weeks to form a new habit or break one. Let’s hope I’m now on the final stretch and the urge to bite will soon fade!

Do you have any habits that you have managed to break? Or habits you want to break?

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  1. June 8, 2014 / 9:24 am

    Oooo well done! Harry is horrendous for biting his nails, he bites them so far down they bleed some times. My big one is smoking. I’ve managed to quit a few times (e.g when I was pregnant) so I just don’t know why I can’t quit now.

    • June 11, 2014 / 11:13 pm

      Thank you! Another reason I wanted to stop was so the kids didn’t do it. I have already caught Abigail biting on hers and so I hope that she will stop now she won’t see me do it!

      Quitting smoking is hard – especially if you have been doing it for a long time. I think you have to really want to break the habit to conquer it and need to be ready for it. Maybe you’re just not ready yet x

  2. June 8, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    Well done…..I used to be a smoker…..I use an e-cig now….
    I used to bite my nails too….When I was pregnant with my youngest I just stopped. I don’t know how or why….I never even realised I had stopped until I had to but my nails for the first time….lol

    • June 11, 2014 / 11:11 pm

      Well done on the quitting smoking (and the stopping nail biting!). Both bad habits to break!

  3. June 8, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    Yes I am terrible at biting my nails! It’s something I really must just stop. I may try that varnish too as I’d love to have pretty nails!

    • June 11, 2014 / 11:09 pm

      I have tried so many things over the years, but for some reason this one has worked. I think it may be because it makes them grow rather quick that you see a difference within days of using it. I have never had natural, long nails before. It’s weird, but I do like it!! x

  4. June 8, 2014 / 9:50 pm

    M was a thumb sucker until recently – I started putting ‘stop n grow’ nail varnish on her thumb every night. It took her a few weeks to stop fully sucking her thumb. It was harder for M because it was a tired comfort habit that needed breaking – especially night time.

    • June 11, 2014 / 11:08 pm

      Well Done M for breaking that habit! Comfort habits are really hard to break!

  5. June 11, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    For a nail biter your nails are looking fantastic! Well done you! x

    • June 11, 2014 / 11:02 pm

      Thank you! They are getting there slowly and it’s actually getting easier to resist biting them 🙂