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Stop Nail Biting Tips

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've never met anyone who bites their nails and is not desperate to stop. Biting your nails seems to be one of the hardest habits to break. So why is it so hard to stop?



One of the main reasons is that your nails are so accessable. If you are someone who smokes and would like to give up, there are likely to be plenty of times in your day when it is either difficult or impossible to have a cigarette. So even though giving up smoking is difficult, it is made easier by the fact you don't have constant access to cigarettes.

Biting your nails is likely to have become so second nature that a lot of the time you don't even know you are doing it. It is a habit that becomes deeply ingrained. Again comparing it to smoking, although lighting a cigarette can become a semi-automatic process there are a number of steps you need to go through to light one. Biting your nails is so much easier.

Why Do People Bite Their Nails?

A lot of the times it is stress related. Maybe putting it down to stress is a bit over the top, but people do report it reduces anxiety and makes them feel more relaxed. Nail biting becomes such a strong habit that it is possible to have started at a more stressful time, but have continued with the habit even after your stress triggers have been reduced.

How Do You Stop Biting Your Nails?

Although there are a number of different methods that you can try to stop biting your nails what works for you is likely to be different to what works for someone else.

Here are a few suggestions you can try:

1. Use a product you can paint on your nails that tastes evil! There are many of these products around. They work for a lot of people, but not for everyone.

Often there are two reasons why they don't always work. The first is that the taste is so bad that people can't stand using it. They prefer to bite their nails than stick with the bad taste. If you can stick with the taste you stand a good chance of breaking the habit.

The second reason why these products don't work is because people forget to reapply it on a regular basis. Have you started this method and then stopped? If so you may have found a bottle of the product six months later, thought about trying again, only to find the lid well and truly stuck to the bottle.

2. Hypnotism. If you are relaxed with the idea of being hypnotised you may find a trip to a local hypnotherapist may help. This method is quite common with people who want to stop smoking, but is not so widely used by people who are trying to give up nail biting. Even so you may find an overnight transformation.

3. Grow one nail at a time. This requires more will power than the other two methods, but it has worked for people. As you watch one nail start to grow you are likely to feel more inspired to move on to the next nail and then the next one. Progress is slower than the top two methods, but it can work for you.

4. Identify stressful areas of your life and take steps to relax more. Although this technique is unlikely to work on its own, it can play an important role in breaking the habit. It has the added benefit of helping to make sure you don't lapse back into the habit after a short space of time.

5. Think about your nails more often. As I mentioned above, biting becomes an automatic process. Therefore the more mindful of your nails you become, the more chance you have of realising you are biting your nails and adding a breakpoint into the process. If you can somehow find a way to notice when you are about to start biting, it can be a bog help in breaking your habit. One technique you can use for thinking more about your nails is to visualise having great looking, healthy nails.

Once you break the habit the next step is to ensure you stay on track. To help with this look after your nails have regular manicures to keep them looking in great shape, so you are really proud of them.