If you bite your nails, you’re not alone. Nail biting is a common habit and, unfortunately, one that’s very hard to break. I’m guilty of it too. Throughout my childhood and high school years I would bite and chew my fingernails until they were all gnawed and bleeding. Ouch!
I was tired of looking at my ugly nails, feeling the pain when I’d bit too much and not being able to wear nail polish. I knew I had to stop but it wasn’t easy. Up to this day, I still bite my nails (well, just one of them actually, the others are all pretty and long) when I’m nervous and stressed.
But by following the tips below, I almost completely killed this bad habit and hopefully soon, I will leave that one finger alone too for good. Here’s how I did it:
1. Apply something nasty-tasting on your nails
When I became serious about stop biting my nails, I went out and bought one of those disgusting-tasting nail polishes. I was doubtful but they worked wonders! Everytime I tried to chew my fingers, I would get such a bad taste in my mouth, that pretty soon my desire to bite my nails disappeared forever. In alternative, you can use ricin oil or soap. It will work just as well and put you off biting your nails for a long while.
2. Replace a bad habit with a good one
Some people bite their nails when they are bored and have nothing to do or they simply like to have their hands occupied. If this is the case, don’t bite your nails but do something else instead, like playing games on your mobile or knitting. Anything you like that will keep your hands busy will do.
3. Apply nail polish to your fingernails
If your nails have grown a bit, you can apply nail polish on them. The brighter the polish, the better. If your nails look nice you wouldn’t wanna ruin them and besides, nail polish doesn’t taste good. And who would want to eat it anyway?
4. Apply fake nails
To stop biting your nails and make them look pretty while you’re waiting for them to grow out again, you can get fake or acrylic nails. They are hard so you can’t bite them and they don’t taste good either.
5. Wear gloves
I consider this to be an emergency solution for when my nails are too short and gnawed to wear nail polish and I don’t have anything disgusting at hand to apply on them. Although gloves are uncomfortable and can make it hard to do even the simplest things, once your nails are covered and you can’t see them, you won’t be tempted to chew them.
Have you got any more tips to stop biting nails? Share them in the comments!