Habits are hard to get rid of. One such habit is nail biting. But when this habit is in adults, it often takes the form of chronic nail biting. This oral compulsive disorder is called onychophagia in scientific terms.
Nails have an aesthetic value that cannot be denied. Especially for females, it is a style statement. Considering that, nails must be maintained well. There are also cosmetic nails available in the market for those who want to enhance the beauty of their hands, but the natural beauty is always paramount.
Nail biting is basically a stress relieving nervous habit. Other reasons include boredom, loneliness, depression, heredity and at times, it transfers from thumb sucking to nail biting. It can even lead to skin picking.
Keeping the above factors in mind, the first step to curb this habit is stress management. Whenever you are tense or anxious, put a deliberate effort that you don’t resort to nail biting. Find out other ways to relieve your stress. Start writing about your problem or try sketching. Sports or any kind of physical activity can also help. Join forums on internet where people are discussing similar problem. This will make you express yourself without embarrassment and relieve you at the same time.
Another way you can get rid of this habit is by psychologically conditioning yourself to not to bite your nails. This can be done by painting your nails with a bitter tasting polish.
Such nail paints are readily available in the market. They don’t cause any harm to your nails or you and make you feel repulsive to nail biting.
Since nail biting is also a result of boredom, one must make sure to keep one’s hands always busy. Pick an activity of your choice that keeps your hands occupied. You can try knitting, squeezing a ball or keep a pen handy to scribble randomly all the time.
If you don’t want to keep your hands busy, then you can keep your mouth busy by chewing mint or a gum.
Moreover, one can put physical barriers in order to stop nail biting. Wear gloves so that your nails stay out of your sight. Bandages can be used for the same purpose.
As far as women are concerned, they can get regular manicure done. When they will see their beautiful nails after the manicure, it will encourage them to quit the habit. Added to that, they can apply a good nail print to improve the look of their nails.
Apart from that, they can indulge themselves in the nail art. This will motivate them to work on the beauty of their nails. Not to forget, they must keep their hands moisturized all the time.
Finally, if nothing works for you, then there is an urgent need to consult a doctor. They will primarily work through the behavior therapy. However, one can be suggested a dermatologist given the extent of the habit. In that case, medication will be prescribed.