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How to Stop Biting Your Nails Once and For All

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Do you bite your nails despite what you know about it is an absolute don’t of nail care? Don’t worry. You’re not alone, almost 20 to 30 percent of the population can’t stop either. Also, you’re not doomed to chew endlessly for the rest of your life. It can be changed with a little self-discipline and open-mindedness.

Keep reading for the ultimate way to stop biting your nails once and for all.

Incentivize Yourself to Stop

One effective way to break a habit is to give yourself rewards for succeeding in doing go. You check-in and reward yourself until, in time, the new behavior is ingrained as a new habit. Incentives can be periodic awards like special events, meals, or allowances that you don’t ordinarily get to have or do.

Get Strategic with Style

Strategically manipulating the style of your nails to avoid biting them is one way to go if you’re trying to kick the habit. The same logic with forming a new habit can apply to this method, but each of these will also create physical obstacles in the act of biting.

  • Keep them short: Sport a clean, short style that doesn’t allow for any nail to be exposed to being bitten. Keeping them short will also allow for them to stay healthy as your nail beds repair from biting.
  • Try a deterrent polish: Purchase a polish designed to repel the user from biting nails by covering the nail in a bitter or unpleasant taste.
  • Go synthetic: Try an artificial nail style with acrylic or gel technique.

Learn About the Dangers

Biting nails might lead to pain and unhealthy nails, but it can present other health concerns as well.

Your teeth suffer in the process of nail-biting. Enamel can become chipped, stress is placed on teeth and gums, and teeth can shift or misalign.

Biting your nails can lead to an increased risk of paronychia or nail tissue infection. Blisters and pus may form if the infection is bacterial. Additionally, warts or other transmitted conditions may spread from your hands to mouth, and vice versa.

Someone who bites their nails is also more likely to develop uncomfortable hangnails, as well as ingest toxins from polish.

Therapeutically Remove the Urge

If you’re opting to eliminate the tendency to bite your nails, a therapeutic approach may help. Try addressing the concern by practicing mindfulness or meditation.

All of these can help to enable you to disassociate yourself from your current relationship with a habit to a place where you can cease with ease. Another therapeutic approach is to consider the possible effects and counseling of Neurotherapy.

A Note from GR8NESS

If you are unable to manage to bite your nails on your own and find that the habit persists, consult with your physician on addressing the problem.

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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