What is your bad habit?

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  1. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    Mine is biting my nails. I wish I could stop but it's like a drug. I bite them so badly that my finger tips are in constant pain. So frustrating lol
     
  2. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    I pick my lips. It happens when I'm anxious mostly.. I sometimes wake up with blood on my hands, literally lol It's such an annoying awful habit! My lips are super soft because I'm always peeling skin back but still it's a bloody mess

    I babble when anxious. Awkward situation= WANT SOME RANDOM FACTS? YOU GOT EM!
     
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    crazedACD Active Member

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    Well...I smoke, so there's that.

    I also pick at my skin a bit, pop zits.
     
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    JacksonsMom Active Member

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    I crack my knuckles. Ugh, it's a horrid habit. My mom hates it! But I just... can't help myself! I've become so accustomed to doing it, and my fingers, like, NEED it in the mornings, they're so stiff, lol. I wish I could stop though.
     
  5. CharlieDog

    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    I do all of that. And I rock a lot. Can't help it. Can't be still like, ever. :p
     
  6. Miakoda

    Miakoda New Member

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    I bite my nails. It's a product of my anxiety. I wish I could stop, and I've tried tons of methods, but then my anxiety just gets so much worse....and then I give it to biting my nails.
     
  7. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    My therapist said my lip picking could've easily manifested as nail biting if my parents didn't keep my nails so short as a child.
    I've been through a few therapists and many tips and tricks but the manifest that comes out if I don't pick is usually not worth it. Your body has created a pacification method to calm your nerves and even if it isn't a real solution... it's a placebo, your body believes it.

    I applied lip gloss, cut my nails super short.. so I started picking at my hair. Put my hair up, I toy with clothes, shake my legs, pace the floor.. etc..etc..etc..

    According to my shrink the only way to fix the manifests is to fix the anxiety (the root of it as well as the bodys response to stress)

    Easier said than done.

    I'm just saying to all those who have anxiety responses to stress.. it's not an "annoying habit" that you should feel bad about not being able to break.

    It's your bodies pacification system. It's much more complicated than just "being too weak to not be able to stop biting your nails"
     
  8. ~Jessie~

    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    I bit my nails for 19 YEARS.

    I finally stopped for good 2 months ago. I'm amazed at how PRETTY they look now! I can paint them pretty colors and they're not in constant pain. I used to be so afraid to let people see my hands, and now I want everyone to look at them.

    My biggest bad habit is cracking my knuckles. It just feels so good, and I love the sound. lol.
     
  9. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    Mine is just a habit, not anxiety related. I do it when I am bored, whenI am watching tv or if i see that there is room to bite more I have to do it lol or I think about until I can't take it anymore and CHOMP lol

    Funny fact, te only time I was anle to stop was when I was pregnant with Hannah. I had no desire to bite my nails and my nails grew so long. As soon as he was born... CHOMP lol
     
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    Nail biter here. I am actually in the process of trying to stop..Been 3 days and so far so good. I keep catching myself putting my fingers in my mouth but I can make myself stop before I find myself biting.
     
  11. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    Oh... So you just fix crazy?

    Damnit, why couldn't anyone tell me that 15 years ago?
     
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    I finally, after 50 years, stopped chewing my nails because I read something about the millions of germs that lurk under them. Unfortunately that was replaced by picking at my cuticles and the skin beside my nails.
     
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    Beanie Clicker Cult Coordinator

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    If I have a cut I pick at it... picking scabs off. I don't even notice I'm doing it sometimes. It's bad.

    I also pop zits but often it's because I get cystic acne and it really, really hurts. And the fastest way to make it stop hurting is to pop it, get the sebum out, and have the swelling go down. Which sometimes causes a scab to grow, which means I pick at it...
     
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    Dakotah Kotah BEAR

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    Lets see I bite my nails and have since I was like 6 yrs old and im 22 now. I smoke. I cuss like a sailor. Im a debater (not sure if that's a real word) but a lot of people don't like it because I will debate everything, if necessary. And I think that's it.
     
  15. HayleyMarie

    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    I crack my toes and my hand and fingers all the time and it just feels so darn good. I don't care what every ones days. I also am constantly moving. If I am sitting down I have to be shaking my leg or a foot.
     
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    Nail biter. It's worse when I return to my parent's house for an extended time.
     
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    AllieMackie Wookie Collie

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    I chew at the inside of my cheeks/lips. Not to the point of really gross or bleeding, but I'm always picking at them.

    I also fidget, CONSTANTLY. I have to be doing things. SItting idle just doesn't work. I can't watch a movie without having something for my hands to fiddle with (usually knitting).
     
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    Oh, I have so. many.

    I think I have some form of OCD/OCPD, because they pretty much control my life. I have the normal, anxiety related ones (nail biting, lip biting, messing with hair and clothes) and then I have some really weird ones that if I can't do, it will stress me out to the point of crying.

    I don't do it constantly, but I'll get into these moods where I HAVE to pretend to "type" any word I see. Like, if I'm in the car and I see the sign, I move my fingers like I would if I were on a keyboard and "type out" the words. The amount of letters has to be even, and if not, then I'll combine them with another sign. I don't really know how to explain it, but it's a biggie.

    I'm constantly doing this motion with my neck where I have to bend it forwards and all the way backwards (that started as a response to being told the symptoms of meningitis, and now I just can't quit doing it).

    If I'm on, say, Youtube, I have a very specific "clicking" ritual I do anytime I pause or press play on a video. I have to click to the very left of the screen, the very top of the screen, the very right of the screen, and the very bottom of the screen before I press the play button, or I will drive myself crazy and start getting anxious. I normally have to do it multiple times. Also, the cursor cannot be anywhere in sight; I have to drag it down to a bottom corner.

    Most I do on one side of my body, I have to do on the other. I chew on both sides of my mouth equal times, if I clench one hand I have to clench the other, and the weird one is touch. If someone touches me in one place, I expect them to touch me in the same place on the other side, but since I can't control that, I can sometimes trick myself by thinking about something else and touching myself there.

    I don't always do it, but when I'm in my more "rigid" moods, I flick the lights several times when turning them on, and I sometimes have to go back and do it more if I feel like I didn't do it enough. This applies to many things. I stroke things several times until my brain lets me quit, as well as clench my jaw, blink, stretch, say a word, blah blah blah over and over until I am "allowed" to stop.

    There are a TON more, but I'll be here all day if I keep typing. I don't know if I should take medicine or what.
     
  19. ~Dixie's_Mom~

    ~Dixie's_Mom~ ♥Chloe & Violet♥

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    I don't really have any habits. I mean I figit sometimes and there is one weird thing that I do where I "write" words with my finger that I hear or see. I usually do it on my leg or on the arm of the chair/couch I'm in. A lot of times I don't notice it until I've written the same word over and over and over again. Also sometimes I'll write it fast and faster until I notice it and then I try to stop. It's weird but I just like writing I guess lol!!

    ETA: Oh! Okay I do have a habit. I'm obsessed with having SOMETHING in my mouth. Like, if I don't have gum or something, I'll pick sequins off if my shirt or jeans, I'll chew the little plastic thingies that hold price tags on stuff, I'll chew the little thing off of pen or sharpie lids that are used to clip them onto stuff. I love plastic but I'll occasionally do metal, like coke can tabs, etc.
     
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    I don't think I really have any. No kind of oral fixation....I do things like skin pick and nail bite and lip bite...but it's not a habit, it only happens every few months when I have somewhat of a mental breakdown or panic attack.

    Talking to myself might be one. I talk to myself, inanimate objects, the animals, constantly. Me cooking myself dinner, totally alone, sounds something like:

    "Oh my god, you look DELICIOUS"
    "where the heck did I put that?"
    "Why is the lettuce not in the crisper?"
    "I better start cutting the peppers"
    "oh, are you cooked all the way through? YES YOU ARE!"
    "wow, I'm so excited for this stir fry"

    Yeah....
     

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