Jun
28
2011

Stop Biting Your Nails

Nail biting is a common habit. It is usually not a serious problem, but it can become habitual, and it’s a nasty habit. It’s also a habit that can cause bacterial infections, bleeding, and even permanent nail damage, not to mention that it makes your manicure look horrible. It’s common during the teenage years, when about half of all people bite their nails to some degree. With some people, however, the habit lasts into adulthood.

How to stop biting your nails:

First, consider why you’re biting them. Is it merely a habit, or is it a response to stress? Many people don’t even notice when they’re biting their nails, they’ve become so conditioned to doing so. If it’s stress, however, ask yourself what stressful situations cause you to bite your nails. Work pressures, frustration, nerves, or any combination of these can cause you to feel stressed and out of control. If you’re a nail biter, this can send your fingers right into your mouth.

Make a plan to help you keep you from biting your nails. Go over the plan daily, and see how you’ve done. If it isn’t working, try to tweak the plan until it does.

If you’re biting your nails when you’re stressed, try to relax. Do deep breathing exercises when you feel pressured. Every time your hand goes to your mouth, make a conscious decision not to bite or chew. Every time you go a day without biting your nails, reward yourself. Watch a movie you like, or have an ice cream bar. It doesn’t matter what the reward is as long as it is something you like.

Give yourself a manicure. Nail polish in a pretty color can make you think twice about biting your nails. At the very least, put a clear top coat on your nails. Not only will it make them look better, it will make your nails stronger and harder to bite. The unfamiliar texture might keep you from biting, as well.

Condition your cuticles and nails, even if you don’t do a full manicure. The unfamiliar taste of the cream or oil will make you think twice about putting your fingers in your mouth.

A nail hardening regimen with a protein formula nail hardener can build a strong nail foundation resistant to peeling, chipping and splitting. That means less breaks, stronger nails, and less damage from biting.

Even if you’re not able to stop biting your nails completely, you’ll lessen the damage to your nails if you can keep them out of your mouth. Do you bite your nails? Did you break yourself from this habit? Let me know on twitter, facebook, or just leave me a comment here on the blog.

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