Nail biting is such a common, annoying problem, yet extremely difficult to quit. We’ve had experts on to talk about the habit’s causes, but they told us that it all boils down to repressed behavior, and that learning to focus our attention in a different manner could turn it all around. That advice might sound pretty awesome, but what is it that we can do to stop biting nails? Here’s how to stop biting nails — to be honest, this is a bit easier than it sounds!
1. Change Your Habits
If it’s you who’s fingering your hands and feet, you need to make some changes. This may seem like a pretty obvious suggestion, but when we’re sitting in front of a makeup mirror, our attention wanders over to the makeup brushes and brushes against our faces before we even get to the polish or the nail polish remover (we hate this habit). But there are those secret spots where we might get a fix on our nails, which are probably not the ones you want to budge your gaze for. Give your ooky spots a thorough wipe down each night before bed, and you’ll be able to pick up your Manicure much easier when you wake up.
2. Make Eye Contact With Your Nails
When we stare at our nails and neglect to make eye contact with them, we’re bitching and moaning, saying, “This way, this way, this way.” It works for our eyes, but it doesn’t work for our fingers and toes. Spending just a little more time speaking directly to them will take your attention away from the sticky, hot mess that is your hand and better help you become a fingertip-only person.
3. Pick Your Nails Outside
This can be tricky because it can get tricky and frustrating, but you can try it out. If you go out to grab a bite to eat, flip open your car’s rearview mirror and look up and out to make sure you’re not biting a bone or preening on someone’s hand. Doing so will help you feel better about yourself while you’re eating your meal. We’re feeling you, Micah!
4. Don’t Play With Your Nails
Once you’ve chosen a spot where you’re going to be focusing on, pick it out. It’s one thing to walk across your kitchen counter if you really hate to play with your nails, but picking a place to do your Nail Art can be distracting. Also, if you’re someone who generally drinks in a salon setting or in a high-end shop, before you choose your paint, ask where the nail polishes come from, and don’t be afraid to ask if they can stop shining or be washed down. Changing your habit can feel a little addicting at first, but if you stick with it, it can completely change your life.