I chew the skin around my fingernails.
It’s a stress/anxiety solution to “getting rid” of my feelings.
I will chew them, sometimes, until they bleed. Especially when my anxiety levels are high.
My new meds have helped with the daily chewing. I am starting to slow my roll.
I am now wearing fake nails to help stop this madness. If they stay on for a bit, and my fingers get better, I may consider gel nails at the salon.
Anything to stop me from doing it. Anything to make me not feel ashamed about my hands.
When I was a teenager they had stuff you could put around your nails that tasted bad so you would not chew your skin.
I still chewed.
Nail polish doesn’t stop me either.
It’s not something I can “just stop”. Sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it until it hurts.
It’s not noticeable unless you look really close. It’s really noticeable when I get out of the shower, or right after I do dishes. You can see my chew marks.
For now, I am going to see how these nails pan out and hope for the best.
I’ll let you know how it goes.