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| by Zeina Tawfik

How to Stop Biting Your Nails

If you're reading this right now, then I have to assume that you bite your nails, and that you know it's a bad (bad!) habit. Well, congratulations; admitting that you actually have a problem is the first step to help you stop biting your nails! How many times have you resolved to stop biting your nails? A lot? I know that breaking a bad habit is one of the hardest things you can do, but if you have the willpower and you can quit it. To all the compulsive nail biters, here are some tips to help you quit biting your nails.
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1. Treat yourself to a weekly manicure appointment. When your hands are looking super neat, you'll think twice before you reach out for your fingertips.

2. Keep your nails short. Have a nail kit at home and use the nail file and clipper to trim them regularly.

3. When you're at home, wear gloves or cover your nails with adhesive bandages.

4. Apply nail polish with a bright shade. If you try and bite your nails, the nail polish will get chipped and your hands will look unappealing.

5. If you're so tempted to bite your nails, leave one out, and after a while you'll notice how much better this one looks compared to the nails you nibbled on.

6. Always remember that nail biting will cause health issues, damaging your nails, teeth and gum.

7. Try wearing a charm bracelet to act as a reminder to stop biting your nails. Whenever you'll reach out for your fingertips, the charms will make a noise to alarm you to stop.

8. When you get the urge to bite your nails, chew gum instead. You'll keep your mouth busy for a while until you stop fiddling with your fingers.

9. Use a treatment polish to paint your nails and keep it in your handbag. They usually contain a formula with an extremely bitter taste, it will make you pull out your fingers from your mouth immediately.

10. Maintain the overall look of your nails and help them grow back in a healthy way, apply products such as nail strengtheners and cuticle oils.
11. Reward yourself! Set yourself "realistic" goals, and whenever you go for a certain period of time, for example a couple of weeks or a month, without biting your nails, buy something you've wanted, or treat yourself to a nice meal.


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