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How to stop biting your nails

Biting nails is a habit that often starts from childhood and is carried on until adulthood. For kids, it usually stops at age 8. The habit usually resolves on its own for most people.

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Sadly, there are those who cannot get rid of the habit continuing even into adulthood. Unfortunately, nail biting is in effect destructive behaviour.

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There are many reasons why people bite their nails such as feelings of frustration and boredom. Lately, psychologists even came up with the theory that nail biting is a distraction and a form of pleasure.

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There are many reasons why people bite their nails such as feelings of frustration and boredom. Lately, psychologists even came up with the theory that nail biting is a distraction and a form of pleasure.

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One of the ways to stop nail biting is to apply polish on them. Biting nail polish and lacquer is unpalatable, you are likely to refrain from doing it.

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Try putting on fake nails so when the urge to nibble on them comes, you will desist from carrying on with your habit especially in public.

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For both children and adults, cover each nail with plaster, so that when you start biting your nails, you will instead chew on band aids. Make sure to change them everyday.

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For both children and adults, cover each nail with plaster, so that when you start biting your nails, you will instead chew on band aids. Make sure to change them everyday.

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You should also try to occupy your hands. Get a hobby such as knitting or crocheting to keep those hands busy and productive.

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Spend time outdoors, exercise or do sports. It will take your mind off nail biting and gives you something to do.

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Pop a gum in your mouth or better still, chew on healthy snacks such as celery sticks and carrots.

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There is also a substance called Bitrex that you can use on your nails. The taste is so bitter, you will not likely bite your nails anytime soon and hopefully, get rid of this habit.

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There is also a substance called Bitrex that you can use on your nails. The taste is so bitter, you will not likely bite your nails anytime soon and hopefully, get rid of this habit.

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