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How To Stop Biting Nails

Updated on May 12, 2009

So you've decided that you want to stop biting your nails. Congratulations! You're on your way to kicking this habit for good. The fact that you're reading this means that you're willing to exert conscious effort to get rid of this bad habit.

Nail biting makes your nails look unattractive. It can even lead to infection if you don't do something about it. Here's what you can do to stop nail biting once and for all.

Get To The Bottom of the Problem

Figure out why you bite your nails. Then you can focus on removing the cause. If you're nail biting is caused by stress, anxiety or nervousness, you might want to learn deep breathing exercises to help you relax. Hypnosis is also a popular alternative way to stop nail biting.

Get Busy

Some people bite their nails because of boredom. To fix this, you can learn tricks using your hands and you can keep your mouth occupied with chewing gum. As long as your fingers and mouth are busy, you won't have a chance to bite your nail.

Classical Conditioning

You can use bitter tasting solutions that you apply to your nails and the area surrounding your nails. These products taste so bad you'll get rid of the nail biting habit in no time. Just remember to not let the bitter taster wear off. Reapply as necessary.

Make Your Nails Tough And Beautiful

You'll be less likely to bite your nails if you exert effort to make them beautiful. And if you're nails are tough, you'll have a hard time biting them off. To make your nails stronger, you can use nail strengthening products. Eat nuts and beans for the magnesium and milk for the calcium. These minerals will keep your nails healthy and strong.

Reward Yourself

Once you succeed with stopping nail biting, reward yourself with a manicure.


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      roelkerss 7 years ago

      Hi guys, like you, I was also biting my nails when I was in secondary grade. My father was alarmed by my habit and wanted me to stop it. What he did was to made it sure I had something to chew like candies and gums to stop me from biting my nails. He searched for other alternative on what to do to prevent it. Check the site he visited,