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Olivebutter2236

521d

Anyone have real legit tips on controlling nail biting. I stopped for a really long time but then they all broke and I got a job at Starbucks where I literally cant have anything on my nails not even clear coat and they are so torn up now I hate it. I wear gloves to sleep to stop myself but that doesn't help me during the day. Once I can get them all long enough and stronger again I lose the temptation but getting there feels impossible cuz when they start to grow out and they are short they are so uneven and it drives me insane. TIA.

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    • mermaidap

      519d

      this is horrible but when i was in high school i was so desperate to appear “normal” and “beautiful”. one day i looked down at my bitten down nails in class and decided they were too ugly and i would never bite them again. purely from vanity. don’t be like me, i replaced nail biting with much worse habits. work on the triggers before trying to straight up stop the coping mechanism, or find a healthy one to replace it with right away!

    • mermaidap

      519d

      this is horrible but when i was in high school i was so desperate to appear “normal” and “beautiful”. one day i looked down at my bitten down nails in class and decided they were too ugly and i would never bite them again. purely from vanity. don’t be like me, i replaced nail biting with much worse habits. work on the triggers before trying to straight up stop the coping mechanism, or find a healthy one to replace it with right away!

    • unicorn

      519d

      I bite my nails, but I’ve had periods when I’ve quit for a while. What helped me during the longest one was actually continuing to cut or file my nails short. This allowed them and my cuticles to heal while reducing my urge to bite them.

    • Green_Goblin

      520d

      There's this polish you can put on your nails that tastes disgusting, it might help deter you from nail biting. As well as finding a healthy way to fidget, even if that means playing with a paperclip or something.

      • Eren2273

        519d

        @Green_Goblin she can't put anything on her nails because of her job

    • RosiePosie21

      521d

      One helpful thing I learned is identifying your triggers, when you get the urge to bite your nails. It’s also good to think about how you feel when you have the urge to bite your nails. It’s good to avoid those triggers or at least keep your mind busy. You can try using bitter tasting nail polish too on top of that so if you do ever do it out of impulse you’ll be reminded. It takes 30 days to make something a habit. So if you’re consistent with it for at least 30 days I think it could work. Let me know how it goes!

      • Olivebutter2236

        521d

        @RosiePosie21 this is actually great advice tysm

        • Sparkie

          519d

          @Olivebutter2236 hey there, I agree with the advice that was given to you. Although with the bitter nail polish I wanted to give my input on it. I myself am a terrible picker/chewer with my fingers. I used to be really really bad with it when I was younger. I also had used the bitter polish, however in my case I became used to the taste and began to tolerate it to go back to picking/chewing. I don't know if that will happen with you too, but keep in mind that urge may be strong enough to overcome it like with me. (I hope not). Fidget cubes bring me the same satisfaction as chewing on my fingers I've found, specifically the buttons that make clicking sounds.

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