Quitting anything that is a habit is very difficult, as you can’t change your habit easily. But, Yes! With the willpower your can do it. Nail biting is one of the bad habits that have many consequences-emotional and physical. Chances of developing the habit of nail biting are more during teen age. With the age it will reduce automatically due to busy schedule and social influence, but till then it can make severe damage to your health. It’s better to quit this habit as early as possible.
Simple steps to quit the habit of nail biting:
- Identify the trigger points, like as boredom, watching TV, stress, etc. Then try to avoid the triggers as much as possible. This can’t happen overnight, so give it time to avoid all those situations.
- Keep your nails short. This will make nail bitting difficult. Keep your nails well manicured and always keep reminding yourself that biting damages nail’s shape and look.
- Apply an unpleasant tasting solution or substance on nails and fingertips. It reminds you not to do it and because of bad taste it’s easy to avoid nail biting too.
- Keep your hands busy during those triggering times, like watching TV or having conversation with family members. So that nails should not make the way into your mouth.
- You can go for some behavioral therapy too. You can take online training for habit change.
- If above techniques are not working up to your expectations, then put bandages on nails. You can at-least put the bandages when you are at home, especially when you do nail biting excessively.