Hygiene is important and I think that there’s no need for me to say this. It has always been important, if you ask me. But during this pandemic, it’s more important than ever, so we must be cautious and aware of everything. The good part is that we learned new things. For example, we learned not to dismiss the “washing your hands for 20 seconds” rule and that touching our face is something we should avoid at all costs.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg. Nail biters (like me) have faced some tremendous challenges. I mean, nail biting is not okay regardless, but during this time, it’s even worse, especially because of the fact that it is mostly an anxiety response. It’s almost impossible not to nibble away at those practically non-existent nails. Almost. I did it!!! And I have struggled with this ugly habit for many, many years. With that in mind, I will write about how to stop this habit and why.
Why should you stop biting your nails?
Obviously, you use your hands on a daily basis and you touch all sorts of surfaces with lots of germs on them. Think of all these germs: do you want them in your mouth? I don’t think so! And this leads to various infections. To be honest with you, this is avoidable!
Do you want a pretty smile? Then stop this habit, because it is bad for your teeth for many reasons. Not only does it damage your gums, but it also wrecks your teeth.
There are many reasons why this habit should cease to exist in your life, but I think I made my point.
How I stopped biting my nails
Trust me, it is not easy to cease to do something you have done for most of your life. I’ve always struggled to do so and I thought it was just a bad habit. But if you think of it, there’s more to it.
Think of why you’re doing it
In order to stop this habit, you should identify the reasons why you do it. For example, I noticed the fact that I do this whenever I’m stressed out or overwhelmed and, no matter how many things I’ve tried (disgusting nail polish, fake nails, gloves etc.) I still went back to this habit once I got a little stressed. Bottom line, if you don’t identify the core of the problem, you won’t solve it once and for all. A few years ago, my friends and my family constantly called me out on my bad habit and this helped, but it was short-term. When I was alone and stressed out, I didn’t miss a chance to bite my nails. But, if it works for you, you should give it a try.
It’s very gross!
Another important thing you should take into account is how gross it actually is. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I became more aware than usual of those things and I became some sort of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. Think of your teeth and all these germs. Think of the fact that no matter how much you wash your hands, the bacteria is still there and it will be in your mouth after biting your nails.
The only thing I’m thankful for from this habit is the fact that I started to love doing my nails and I kept painting various things on them. I thought of all the work I put in my nails and I said: “Well, I can’t ruin this!”
And it kept me busy, so it worked!
And last but not least, don’t be hard on yourself. It will be tough at first, but don’t give up. Whenever you succeed, reward yourself, because you deserve it. It’s tough to break something that is so wired in your mind, but it’s not impossible.
If you stopped biting your nails and then you decided you want nice nails, check this out!