How to stop biting your nails.

How to stop biting your nails.


Hi everyone, welcome back to my beauty and personal care blog.  I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year.  One of my favourite things to do in January is to set myself up with some fairly simple New Year resolutions, ones I think I can stick to.  I’m not going to bore you with my full list but this year they include going meat free 2 days a week, sticking with a better beauty regime and making sure that I exfoliate 2-3 times a week.  One of the things that isn’t included into my new year's resolution this year is to stop biting my nails, although it heavily featured in my new year's resolutions growing up and well into my twenties.  Biting your nails is an incredibly hard habit to stop as there are so many different reasons why people do it but it is possible and I want to show you how I stopped and help you complete your nail biting journey.


How to stop biting your nails.


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Commit to stop biting.

The first step to stop biting your nails appears to be the easiest, but it is deceptive.   Committing to stop biting your nails is a hard step, especially if you're someone who has bitten their nails for the majority of their life.  Make sure that you have told other people you are planning on going cold turkey, tell your friends, your family, your partner, your work colleagues.  Hell, put it all over social media, put it on twitter and facebook.  Write it on your bathroom mirror.  Whatever it does to make you stop.  It’s a seriously annoying prospect having to tell people but you will need accountability and for most people the best accountability is not from yourself.  



Now this might sound really condescending, I know It felt that way when I wanted to stop but it is true.  The only way to stop biting your nails is to stop.  

You have to go completely cold turkey.  Stop putting your fingers into your mouth, stop picking at loose skin, whatever your personal habit is you have to stop.  There’s many ways to stop, and I’ll tell you some in a minute but first.

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Identify why.

Why do you bite your fingers, why do you bite your nails, or pick at your skin, what is the reason?  Most of us have plenty of there and you probably know your particular trigger.

It might be that you bite your nails out of boredom, or it might be that it's something you don't when you’re feeling stressed or nervous, or a way to show your unhappiness.  Whatever your reason is you need to be aware of it so that you can more easily stop.


Be present.

This might sound a little bit too far out for you but a lot of our bad habits happen when we aren’t paying attention.  Other people might bite their lips, or pick at their dry skin, you bite your nails. In order to stop biting your nails when you're zoned out you need to make sure present and aware of your every motions.  This is the only way to make sure that you don’t get distracted and subconsciously bite all your nails off before you've realised.  I also used to wear the Sally Hansen stop biting nail polish which tasted disgusting, but I have heard of people using leftover perfume.


Change up your behaviour.

This part will vary depending on the type of person you are and where you tend to watch yourself out.  One of the most common ways is to condition your behaviour.  I did this by wearing a tight hairband on my wrist, and every time I noticed myself going to bite my nails or even put my fingers somewhere near my mouth I would snap the hairband.  This doesn’t have to be too hard you’re not looking to wound yourself it’s more of a reminder to not bite.  When you notice yourself going to bite your nails you can distract yourself by giving yourself something else to do.  Start drawing or writing, go for a walk or even sit on your hands if needs be!  



And my final suggestion you can do to stop yourself from biting your nails is to make sure that they are constantly looking good.  My partner went online and found a used nail UV lamp for sale, and bought me it so I could do my own manicures. 

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