I’ll admit it: I’m one of those girls whose nails are a constant source of embarrassment. No, I don’t bite my nails, but I do enjoy picking and peeling off my nail polish – it’s always in bits and pieces, and I leave it that way for weeks.
And yes, I am aware of how unsightly it appears, how messy it makes me appear, how it ruins my every outfit, and how I make a bad impression.
I’m aware of it, but there’s nothing I can do about it – I keep peeling. So don’t waste your time shaming me in the comments – I already have many friends who constantly criticize me about it.
My only consolation is that I can quickly and easily get my nails in shape for special occasions. With a little nail polish remover and a fresh coat of nail polish, I have perfect nails that I can leave alone for at least one night.
But it got me thinking: what about those of you who bite your nails? Though your habit isn’t any worse than mine, you won’t be able to get your nails in shape as quickly.
Have you seen those nails, I mean? They are often unusually formed, badly damaged, and bitten to the skin, with little left to clip and shape.
Furthermore, the act itself is somewhat disturbing – frantic expression in the eyes, nervous twitching of the fingers, chewing, chewing, chewing.
Sudden important dates, meetings, parties, and celebrations must feel like a nightmare to you. So, here are seven tips to help you stop biting your nails and change your life for the better!
1.MOVE YOUR MIND TO THE GOAL
The first and most important step is to make a decision. It would help if you truly meant it, or else don’t bother.
Nobody says it will be easy. Quitting biting your nails is not as difficult as, say, quitting smoking, but it will need some willpower. There will always be an excuse to bite your nails once – you’ll have an important test, a job interview, or a cute guy will walk.
But, guess what? You are no longer a nail-biter! You may need to remind yourself of this from time to time, but you are not.
Some doctors say doing it gradually and in stages. Begin by deciding to stop biting your right hand’s nails, for example. It may reduce some of the stress that comes with quitting any bad habit.
2.BITING THE NAILS IS LESS APPEALING WHEN THEY ARE SHORT.
Many people agree that biting nails isn’t nearly as satisfying when there’s not much to bite. As a result, keep your nails as short as possible.
Carrying a nail clipper in your pocket may also be beneficial, especially if you bite your cuticles. You can clip any tiny piece of a split nail or cuticle without reverting to the habit of using your teeth.
3.GET A MANICURE YOU DON’T WANT TO RUIN.
My friend was able to stop biting her nails as a result of this. Just looking at how beautiful they were was enough to put a stop to her nibbling. You can find a plethora of beautiful nail design ideas online. Please choose your favourite and show it to your manicurist.
Choose something you adore and would be devastated if you ruined it. Or, you can create your personalized design. Consider the money you spent, which will be gone with the first bite. Whatever suits you.
4.BUY A NAIL POLISH THAT TASTES EXTREMELY BAD.
When their fingers begin to travel towards their lips, most individuals are indifferent. A gentle reminder, say, in the form of an awful, awful taste on your nails, might do the trick.
There are nail polishes specifically designed to help you stop biting your nails. These products are odourless, colourless, and totally harmless, yet they taste so bitter that you won’t bring your hand near your mouth. Mavala is the most popular bitter nail polish on Amazon right now. It has over 6000 reviews, a 4.3 average rating, and costs only $14.95. That seems to be a reasonable price for a device that may assist you in breaking a harmful habit.
5.KEEP YOUR MOUTH AND HANDS ENTERTAINED
Biting your nails is primarily a manifestation of inner anxiety, which causes you to want to do something – anything – to divert your attention away from the situation that is causing you to feel anxious.
So it doesn’t always have to be biting the nails. It’s just that it’s usually the only thing nearby, easily accessible, and doesn’t need any effort.
So, always have something to play with, something little that you can take about with you and grab for anytime your tongue travels to your fingers.
It could be gum, a lollipop, or sunflower seeds to keep your mouth busy, or a stress ball, worry stone, or spinner ring to keep your hands busy.
Don’t overthink it – grab the first thing that doesn’t need any of your attention (so you can use it while doing other things), and it will help you keep your anxiety under control.
6.REWARD AND PENALTY
It’s quite simple: When something good happens to you, you tend to repeat the actions that resulted in that happy feeling—likewise, vice versa.
Give yourself a small, nice, and simple reward every time you’ve been good and kept your teeth away from your nails. Perhaps a beautiful new nail polish. A tasty treat. Or take an hour away from your regular duties and tasks to do something simply for yourself.
If you catch yourself biting your nails, punish yourself by snapping your hand with a rubber band or putting a dollar in a nasty little nail-biter jar.
7.APPS CAN ASSIST YOU
Did you know there are apps designed to help you stop biting your nails? Yes, we live in a world where even this issue has a solution. So why not make use of it?
Most of these apps work by assisting you in tracking your progress, keeping a diary of your successes and failures, reminding you why you are doing this, suggesting alternatives to your habit, or creating a relaxing environment.
Why do it on your own if you’ve already decided to stop biting your nails? Make use of all available resources.