Biting Nails

Posted by lotsofpain @lotsofpain, Wed, May 22 9:30am

This is possibly not the right place to post this but I could not find anywhere more appropriate. Does anyone have any tips for stopping biting nails . At the moment I am wearing an elbow brace on one arm which makes it physically impossible to bite in the hope that I will lose interest / desire not sure its a long term solultion though

Hi @lotsofpain that is a hard habit to break. I wanted to share this article about the importance of not biting your nail, but also ways to stop biting your nails.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/2016/02/23/the-one-thing-you-should-never-do-to-your-nails-no-matter-what/
When do you find is the most common times you bite your nails?

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@ethanmcconkey

Hi @lotsofpain that is a hard habit to break. I wanted to share this article about the importance of not biting your nail, but also ways to stop biting your nails.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/2016/02/23/the-one-thing-you-should-never-do-to-your-nails-no-matter-what/
When do you find is the most common times you bite your nails?

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I am often unaware I am doing it then one I have bitten a bit have to get the rest off

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Dear Lotsofpain,
I don’t know if you are male or female, but I’d suggest getting a gel nail manicure. It makes it difficult to bite your nails. This is only a suggestion if you are not immune compromised.

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@lotsofpain I know a few people with nail biting issues. Some things that worked the best: keep nails polished/manicured; carry nail care supplies with you to clip hangnails, broken nails, etc.; use Vitamin E oil every evening before you go to bed (also in the morning if you can); find a picture of how you want your nails to look and put it where you will see it every day (desk, monitor, bath mirror, refrigerator); set a goal of weekly nail maintenance (combine it with something enjoyable like a massage, tea with friends, bath, etc.); find something to keep your fingers busy, particularly during high biting times (a pack of cards to play in-hand solitaire, a journal, a book, hand sewing, knitting, crochet, etc.). Beyond the fact of how bitten nails look, they do not send a good message to employers, co-workers, clients, or anyone you meet. You remain in my prayers for mastery of this issue.

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