How To Quit Biting Your Nails

We know it’s an awful habit, and most of you don’t want to bite your nails, but you just can’t help it! Whenever you find yourself anxious, nervous, or even bored, unfortunately, more often than not, you’ve chewed a perfectly healthy nail down to its core, flaunting raw half-nails that looked like they’d been gnawed by a beaver.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Incredulous as it seems, 50% of people between the ages of 10 and 18 bite their nails. Celebs such as Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, Uma Thurman, Paris Hilton, and Kylie Minogue are nail biters, as was the classy and elegant Jackie O. On the guys’ side, you can include overachievers Anderson Cooper and LeBron James to the list. In fact, according to a 1995 study, nail biters even average a higher intelligence rate than non-biters.

But, even still, it’s not the healthiest of habits. Imagine all the germs you are ingesting every time you bite your nails. Yuck! So, here are some tricks and tips to help you stop for good:

Get weekly manicures and keep the polish on.
A freshly lacquered manicure should curb the nail-biting desire. Plus, you won’t want to ruin a perfectly good (and expensive) polish application. Plus, the base coats and top coats will help build your nail strength after you’ve severely weakened it with your bad nail-biting habit. Nailene has great French Manicure kits that will make your nails too pretty to bite.

Apply a set of Nailene artificial nails.
Better yet, apply a set of Nailene So Natural Every Day French in a short length. You won’t bite your nails if you have a set of perfectly manicured nails to conceal them.

Massage nail oil daily.
If you moisturize your hands and nails every few hours, your nails will get stronger and your hangnails and rough edges will disappear. An added plus – you’ll be less likely to pick at your nails if you don’t have anything loose to pick at!

Reward yourself if you don’t bite your nails.
This goes to the heart of Pavlov’s theory of reinforcement. If you recall the crux of the psychology theory, if you present a positive/favorable stimulus, then you will increase the likelihood of a behavioral response. For example, “if I don’t bite my nails for a full week, I will reward myself with new shoes!” It’s as simple as that.

Aversion Therapy
Try putting an awful taste at the tips of your nails. Clearly you can’t put poison on your nails, as you don’t want to accidentally kill yourself, but if you know there’s something distasteful at the end of your nails, you won’t want them in your mouth.

Good luck, and take it one step at a time. It’s hard to quit cold turkey, so be realistic and patient with yourself, and before you know it, nail-biting will be a bad habit of the past.