September 22, 2023
I used to be a huge culprit of fingernail biting and one day I realized how gross it actually was - Super Gross! I knew that I must quit this habit asap!
Biting your fingernails is not only an unattractive habit that's hard to break, but there can be serious side-effects, so the sooner you stop, the better.
I have 6 tips to help you end this horrible habit. I hope they truly help.
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Stop Biting Your Nails!
To be quite honest, I don't know why I ever started biting my nails in the first place. Maybe nervousness, maybe stress, but most of the time I didn't even realize that I was doing it.
One of the things that made it easier for me is determination and when I would catch myself with my hand close to my mouth I'd do something else to move my mind elsewhere!
If you're trying to kick the habit:
1) Carry around an emery board, file or clippers to trim your nails. The shorter your nails are, the harder it is to bite them.
2) Gross yourself out and educate yourself on what germs could be creeping under your nails. Staph bacteria lurks under the nails as well as fungus!
3) Wear false finger-nails or get them professionally applied. If you spend money on them, you're less likely to take them off. You'll also get the pleasure of wearing beautiful, long nails.
4) When you get the urge to bite, substitute a different habit such as tapping your fingers.
5) Keep your mouth occupied with chewing gum or hard candy or reach for a bottle of water!
6) Try to reduce stress, which is usually the source of the problem. Try some yoga or relaxation techniques. Exercise is not only good for your body, but it reduces tension as well.
Biting your fingernails ruins the appearance of your hands and is overall. Once you break the habit, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much better they look, particularly in a professional environment.