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Nail biter… are you?


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Like every other bad habit, biting your nails is easy to form but a tough one to stop.For many, nail biting is so well established that they barely realize they are doing it. In this germ-conscious world, no one wants to shake hands with a guy who’s just put his fingers in his mouth.

What is a nail? Well to most of us it might just be a vestigial part of our body, which has over the period of time become a feature of beautification and decoration for women while for men it is still as worthless. But the fact is that the nails help protect the ends of the fingers and toes from trauma and also help us pick up small objects. The nail is made of a hard protein called keratin. A protein is one of the building blocks, which make up the body. Cuticle protects the nails matrix, and that’s the nail’s growth center. Cutting the cuticle removes the nail’s protective barrier against bacteria. Nails are ten times more porous than skin and can become chapped. With the passage of time, the nails have become more important for cosmetic reasons and less important for protection.Like every other bad habit, biting your nails is easy to form but a tough one to stop. For many, nail biting is so well established that they barely realize they are doing it. In this germ-conscious world, no one wants to shake hands with a guy who’s just put his fingers in his mouth. Not only does nail-biting looks bad to others, it is also very unhygienic for self. So much of dust and germs settle into our nails and every time we bite our nails we are exposed to a great health hazard.What makes one bite nails? Occasional nail biting or habitual, there are several reasons associated to it.

Old habit: With most of us, the habit can be traced back to our shy and self-conscious childhood or teenage years. Now the process has become second nature and we do it without thinking.

Traumatic Past: A painful incident in the past, childhood deprived of parental attention and love or witness to parental discord, a traumatic event that leaves an impact on our personality often gives way to such habits.

Stress: Tension is one of the leading reasons people begin and continue to bite their nails. Biting and picking become automatic reaction to the stress of a challenging job or a worrisome problem.

Nervousness: It is not uncommon for some of us to resort to nail biting when one is feeling nervous before that big meeting or on the way to that hot date. It can have the same psychologically soothing effect as smoking or overeating.

Post-smoking habit: Those who give up smoking often replace that habit with nail biting. It’s something to do with the hands that would have been occupied by a cigarette.

Habit triggered by another activity: Often nail biting will be associated with an activity such as talking on the phone or watching TV. Some people bite their nails when bored or unoccupied, e.g. sitting on the train or while waiting for someone in an office.

If there is a problem there will always be a solution to it. If nail biting is a habit then there are ways to get rid of the habit.

Put a formula on your nails: There are several foul-tasting formulas in the market aimed at making your nails taste awful enough to turn you off of biting them, or at least alert you to when you do it unconsciously.

Keep your hands busy: Idle hands will only serve to fuel your habit, so keep them busy. If you have found that you bite your nails when you are on the telephone, keep a pad of paper by the phone and doodle with a pen instad. Or get a desktop basketball game to keep your hands busy.

Chew gum or mints: If you are already chewing something else, you’ll be less likely to chew your nails. Keep gum or mints with you at all times, and when you find your hands going to your mouth, pop in a gum or a mint instead.

Use nail clippers: Nail biters are always tempted to bite off a sharp edge on a nail or a nail that is a little longer than the others. Keep nail clippers with you and use those instead.
Once you break the habit initially, you need to reinforce your good work to stop the problem from reoccurring.

Form new habits: The best way to prevent a bad habit from reoccurring is to replace it with a good habit. Get into the habit of using nail clippers before your nails grow to a length that tempts you to bite. Develop the habit of linking your hands together when they are idle instead of bringing them up to your mouth.

Make nail care a priority: Now that you have stopped biting your nails, learn to take care of them. By taking pride in the look of your hands, you’ll be less likely to return to nail biting.

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