Nail biting is a very common issue that is presented to hypnotherapists. Here are some tips to stop biting nails.
1. Realize what you are doing.
Think about what you are actually putting in your mouth. Your hands touch everything: dirt, germs, bacteria, moulds, fly droppings, rotting spores – everything. And it all gets transferred into your mouth every time you bite or suck your nails.
Disgusting stuff lives under your nails. Even if you wash your hands frequently micro organisms like fungus and viruses live under your nails in the nailbed, and these get transferred to your mouth. Broken and bleeding nails just give a way in for more nasty stuff.
2. Remind yourselfÂ
It is just a habit. There is no psychological element to it other than belief that you can’t stop. Remind yourself constantly about why you want to stop. Write a list of all the reasons you want to stop and then copy them to bits of card and post them all round the house: on the fridge, on the door out, in your bedside drawer, on the dashboard of your car. And on the bottom in big letters write “I CAN DO IT”.
3. Carry a nail care kit
Make sure you always have a nail file on you. Â Most people feel the need to bite or pick when they think there is some ragged bit that needs dealt to. So if you always have a nail file handy you can spend the time carefully filing and smoothing, and gradually the biting habit will fade away. As your nails recover from the abuse, you can then use things from your kit to maintain their health.
3. Be good to your nails.
Use cuticle oil at night and it will get absorbed into the nails. Spend some time moisturising your hands daily. Book a regular professional manicure. Â You won’t want to ruin them. Nail polish strengthens and protects nails, even men can benefit from clear polish.
4. Make a feature of your nails.
After years of hiding them, why not spend some time making them noticeable? As soon as you get some positive results play around with different nail polishes, try some nail art, take an interest in them. Your interest will be repaid.