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5 tricks to stop biting your nails

You've been biting your nails for, well, ever. But this is the summer that you're *so* going to stop, right? Our 5 easy steps will have you quit your chomping in no time. And, bonus, your nails and cuticles will look better than ever. 

1. Commit
This is probably the most difficult step, but it's certainly the most crucial. In order to end the vicious cycle of nail biting, you have to be serious about stopping. Sure, we always talk about how nice it would be and/or to have "x, y and z" but we don't care enough to take the steps to do something about it. In this case, commitment is central to breaking the habit. When you feel the urge, it's vital to remind yourself of the reasons why you want to stop. 

2. Keep your hands occupied 
You may be biting your nails out of boredom; if this is the case, keep your hands busy. When you feel the urge to bite your nails, do something else to stay busy. You can even try texting your friends or playing a game on your phone. Basically, any activity that keeps your hands moving and away from your mouth is ideal! 

Here are a few more ideas to keep your hands busy: draw, paint, knit, clean your room or go on a run. 

3. Paint your nails
Painting your nails is a great way to limit nail biting because when your nails are freshly painted, they're much more presentable ... and no one wants to eat paint. As a result, your nails are so aesthetically pleasing that you're less inclined to ruin them by biting the polish off.

Tip: Try painting your nails your favorite color, which will discourage further nail biting. 

4. Identify your triggers 
Pay attention to what causes you to bite your nails. Do you bite your nails when you're nervous, anxious, stressed or just zoning out? If so, finding alternative methods that are more positive, such as meditation or yoga, is essential in defeating this annoying habit.

5. Be patient 
Remind yourself that breaking a habit takes time. It won't always be easy and you may not succeed the first few times, but it's important to keep trying. Remember: you can achieve anything that you put your mind to!

How do you prevent nail biting? Let us know down below!

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by Jamie Denton | 7/21/2018
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