How do I break the habit of picking my nails?
I used to bite my nails when I was younger, but when I got braces, that habit was broken since I could no longer bite them. But now, I pick at them instead of bite them. I realize that this is an even harder habit to break than biting. Since with biting, I could just put something that tastes bad on my nails and then I wouldn't bite them... but I don't know what to do about picking them.
I don't just pick them when I'm nervous, but also when I'm bored or stressed or in an awkward situation. I notice that I even pick them when I simply have nothing else to do with my hands. They are short and ugly and I get hang-nails a lot. I notice other people with nice nails and I feel bad, but I can't seem to stop. Even when my brain notices that I'm picking my nails and I tell myself to stop, I physically can't until I've picked off whatever piece of my nail I'd been picking at. It gets really annoying and I don't know what to do about it.
Please help. :(