Biting your nails is a habit that no one is proud of, especially when it leaves you with horrible nails and bleeding cuticles. TikTok has been the school of life hacks, so of course, they’ve come through with hacks on how to stop nail-biting.
TikTok has proven to quite a useful app, and news on social media spreads fast, so it’s a quick way to show everyone hacks that you’ve learned and live by. Most hacks that we use today we’ve learned online, and a hack to stop nail biting might be one of them.
Most people bite their nails because they’re anxious or stressed out, but it can leave your fingers tender, and not to mention it’s pretty unsanitary. Here are ten TikTok hacks to help you stop biting your nails.
1. Nail polish
Nail polish, especially bitter polish, can help you break the bad habit of biting your nails. Instead of getting the satisfaction, you’ll be greeted by a bitter sensation. That ought to stop you from biting your nails!
You can also try wearing acrylics, it’s a barrier to protect your nails, and it’s not easy to bite. Not only do they look good, but they protect your nails and deter you from biting them because it’s quite a challenge to get around and even take off.
Perfume is a substitute for the bitter polish; not only will you be deterred by its taste, but your brain will be able to associate the smell with the act. So every time you smell the perfume, you’ll be reminded not to bit your nails!
To make your fingertips absolutely inaccessible, you can wrap them in some tape. It will feel a bit uncomfortable, but it’s an excellent deterrent for a bad habit.
4. Eat candy
It’s a rewarding habit breaker; you just need to find a candy you enjoy and chew on it. The sensation could be the same, but the reward is sweeter. It’s positive feedback, so maybe it’ll work better than the bitter polish.
5. Bad habit bracelet
The habit-breaking bracelet lightly shocks you when you engage in the bad habit. The negative feedback you get will deter you from the bad habit in the future.
6. Think of the consequences
This is a video of a girl who nearly had her fingertip amputated because of nail-biting. Your mouth is filled with bacteria, and when you bite your skin, you’re depositing the bacteria onto your skin.
This video might scare you enough to stop biting your nails. It might not be easy just to stop immediately, but if it inspires you to look for ways to stop, that’s enough!
7. Use a fidget cube
Fidget cubes, spinners, and other toys can help you beat the habit because they keep your hands busy. Whenever you feel the urge to bite your nails, you can keep your hands engaged with a fidget cube or any other fidget toys.
8. Chew gum
It’s another diversion for yourself; only it’s keeping your mouth busy. You might just start an addiction to gum, but as long as your fingertips are spared, you shouldn’t worry too much!
9. Get a chew toy
Get a chew toy, like a dog but different! You can find chewable jewelry that offers you something to chew on and keep your nails at a safe distance. They also come in different strengths, so you can pick the level of difficulty you’d like to chew at all day!
10. Wear finger caps
Just like wrapping tape around your fingers, finger caps keep your fingers safe from chewing! It’s just a matter of figuring out what works for you; it also takes some getting used to, so don’t give up if you find yourself biting again!
Dr Saadiqah Hajat