Nail-biting is not only unattractive, but it’s also potentially dangerous. There is all sorts of crud and bacteria thriving in your nails (including fecal matter from your morning poo) that you may be ingesting into your system. If this isn’t enough to have you stop the nail-biting habit, perhaps these following tips will get you happy, healthy nails again.
Sit in front of a mirror when you are gnawing away and watch yourself chew your fingernails off. Wow, you’re a sexy beast chewing away on your fingernails and spitting the bitten pieces on to the floor, aren’t you? When you actually see for yourself what other people see when you bite your nails, it gives you an unwanted visual that may embarrass you into quitting.
Place a rubber band around your wrist that you can snap when you get the urge to put your fingers in your mouth and start chomping. Many people are nervous or bored nail biters, so having a distraction for when they most likely will be biting their nails is a great way to curb the behavior. Chewing bubblegum works as well.
Rub a foul-tasting solution on your hands that will deter you from biting, like hydrogen peroxide, fingernail polish remover, vinegar etc. When you put your finger in your mouth and immediately taste something yucky, it will remind you to back off your nails.
For extreme biters, put band aids over your fingertips. Ladies, paint your nails a vivid color to remind you that they are off-limits (like red means stop). Guys, the band aid method may work best for you, or you could paint your nails black (it looks sexy on dudes). Painting your nails reminds you that you are to keep them out of your mouths.
Be careful that you don’t create a new bad habit in stopping your current one. Don’t start chewing on your mouth to stop from biting your nails, or start picking at scabs, etc. If you MUST be doing something other than chewing your nails, go back to the rubber band thing or chewing gum as a distraction, not another annoying habit.
Lastly, remove all the crap under your nails and take a good look at it. You wouldn’t put that stuff in your mouth and gladly eat it, would you? Every time you bite your nails that is what you’re doing. Being grossed out by nail biting is a great way to stop. Nothing works better than knowing you may be ingesting your own feces. Anybody else wanna puke?
Stick to your nail biting quitting plan regardless what you choose, and you will be well-rewarded with happier nails. It should take about 2 weeks to break the habit, but it’s a great habit to quit.