(Closed) Former Nail Nibblers—HELP!!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
1899 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve been a nail biter since I could remember, and what got me to stop was 

1) determination and focus – you seriously need to mentally train yourself not to bite – kind of like kicking an addiction.


2) thinking of what was stressing me out so much that I had to bite. Being conscious of such stressors made me realize that by biting, I was actually getting myself MORE stressed out and turned to my step (1) to stop. This is also a good weight loss tactic for those who gain weight b/c of stress. 

Keep in mind that most habits generally take about 28 days to break. After 28 days, you should find yourself focusing less and less on not biting. 

Post # 32
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I bit my nails for 21 years easily.  I copied my dad and he bit his nails so did I.  I used to bite them down till they bled and there were these tiny little nubs.  I tried everything from nail polish- no bite- hand sanitizer.  Sounds crazy but I stopped because I used to rub the insides of a jalapeño pepper on top of my nail all over the cuticle and then scratch it.  After 2 weeks I broke the habit.  The taste of that spicy-ness was enough to curb me. 

Post # 33
547 posts
Busy bee

I kicked the habit in high school by keeping nail clippers in my pocket and keeping them as short as possible all the time. You can’t bite what isn’t there. Eventually I got used to not doing it and now I can have long nails without wanting to bite them.

So it worked, but I started cracking my knuckles instead. haha.

Post # 34
1739 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I bit my nails since I was a toddler, no idea when I picked it up. I tried everything to stop growing up and so did my parents. As soon as I graduated high school I no longer had the urge. No idea what changed. I feel for you though, it’s an incredibly hard habit to break. I read what a PP said about “doing something even when you’re doing nothing” I think that’s exactly how I’d describe my habit. Best of luck to you, it’s completely worth quitting (duh).

Post # 36
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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pinkorblue:  the only other thing I can suggest is paint your nails in black glitter, so if you bite it. It will be all over your teeth.

Post # 37
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I was always a bored biter, so if class or anything of the sort is going on then I’m biting or ripping my nails. I started to do nail polish, because I don’t do it when my nails are pretty, but with the slightest chip I would be back at it (so I would only stop for 2 to 3 days). Now I file wherever there’s a chip, making my nails stronger and still satisfying myself by fiddling with my nails. Now I file AND do at home gel manicures. My nails have never been so strong or long!

Post # 38
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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pinkorblue:  this is what got me to stop after many many years of ugly nails and fingers- it’s a cream called “control it!”and it helps soothe/strengthen your nails and cuticles and tastes awful- even after washing your hands. 

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