How To Stop Biting Your Nails (from a Nail Expert and former nail biter)

image of a person biting their nails

Nail biting can be a bad habit that’s hard to break. Often, people don’t realize how much time and energy they spend doing it until they try to stop. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks that you can use to stop the habit for good. 

 

Identify Your Triggers 

The first step in breaking any bad habit is understanding why you do it in the first place. Are you stressed? Bored? When do you tend to bite your nails most often? Being aware of your triggers can help you gain better control over your behavior and make it easier to find more productive ways of dealing with difficult emotions or situations.

 

Keep Your Nails Short 

One way to make it more difficult to bite your nails is by keeping them short. This will subconsciously remind you not to bite them when they start getting long enough that it becomes tempting. 

 

Find Alternatives To Nail Biting 

If boredom or stress is one of the reasons why you bite your nails, then finding an alternative activity may be helpful in breaking the cycle of nail-biting behavior. Try using a fidget toy or squeezing a stress ball instead when those feelings come up so that nail-biting isn’t an option anymore - at least not until you’ve worked through whatever emotion triggered it in the first place!

 

Get Professional Help If Needed 

If none of these strategies have been successful after several weeks or months of trying, then professional help may be necessary in order for you to finally break this pesky habit once and for all! A therapist or psychologist can provide additional guidance on how best to approach this problem and what other methods might work better for you personally than others would—so don’t hesitate to reach out if needed! 

 

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