5 Tips to stop biting your nails

5 Tips to stop biting your nails

Did you know that almost 30% of the population are nail-biters? So don't worry, you are not alone. These 5 tips to stop biting your nails could make you stop once and for all.

Biting your nails is not only a question of your nails looking polished and neat, it is actually a matter of health. People who bite their nails can sometimes cause harm to their cuticles, fingers and it might lead to serious infections and pain.

Of course, you have to address the cause of your compulsions, like anxiety, stress or other mental health problems. In the meantime, you can try these 5 tips!

5 Tips to stop biting your nails

1. Keep your hands busy

If you are working on something with your hands, it is virtually impossible to bite your nails. You can read, knit, do crafts, anything that keeps your mind away from your nails. 

Keep your hands busy

2. Wear gloves

Wearing gloves or mittens is another good option to restrict your reach to your nails. Wear them when you are in a stressful situation or when you are bored, this will reduce your need to bite your nails.

Wear gloves

3. Identify the trigger

Identifying what makes you bite your nails is the best long-term solution. If you know when you are more likely to bite your nails can also help you do something about it. 

Identify the trigger

4. Keep your nails short

If your nails are already short, you will have less nail to bite and it will be less tempting. Using gel polish on short nails has proved to work for many. 

Keep your nails short

5. Chew gum

If keeping your hands covered does not work, keeping your mouth busy will help your release some tension and you'll be less likely to bite your nails off.

Chew gum

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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