nail biting

Stop Nail Biting Naturally

Nail-biting, also known as onychophagia, is commonly associated with stress relief. Most people bite their nails as a way to express stress of some kind, including boredom and inactivity stresses. It is considered a “nervous” habit that people pick up; other nervous habits include thumb-sucking, nose-picking, hair pulling and twisting, tooth grinding and skin picking. Stopping it is a long-term process that begins with small steps and daily goals. Keeping a journal is key as it helps you to track your progress.

 

Symptoms of nail biting:

  • Short  nails
  • Jagged nails
  • Bleeding nails
  • Hangnails
  • Painful fingertips

 

Why is nail biting bad?

  • Leaves hands looking unattractive.
  • Stunts nail growth.
  • Spread bacteria from the hands to the body.
  • Can lead to infections on the fingers.
  • Can damage gums and teeth.

 

How can I treat gynecomastia?

  • Manicure your nails yourself. This helps to keep you from biting.
  • Have regular manicures. Keeping your nails nice looking helps you to mentally think about biting before you begin.
  • Wear artificial nails to help protect them as they grow out.
  • Use beneficial stress management techniques that help to fight back the “nervous” habit of nail biting.
  • Keep your hands busy.
  • Paint your nails with a bad tasting polish.
  • Keep a nail biting journal so you can track what causes you to bite and help yourself learn how to handle those situations.
  • Chew sugarless gum to keep your mouth busy.
  • Wear covers over your nails to help protect them.
  • Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it each time you catch yourself biting.
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