Biting Your Fingernails?: How To Stop This Bad Habit

Biting your fingernails example


What follows are steps to help you to stop biting your fingernails. This is an explanation of my experience overcoming the urge to bite my fingernails, and what has worked for me. It’s all explained in an easy to understand progression of steps. These steps may or may not work for you, but they were very effective for me. At the end, I will list alternative methods to help you to stop biting your nails.

How To Stop Biting Your Fingernails

1. Understand the facts: What fingernail biting is all about

Firstly, I think it is best to start by understanding why we bite our fingernails. Here is a basic and brief definition through the wikipedia on nail biting.


Fingernail biting, also known as onychophagy or onychophagia, is an oral compulsive habit. It is sometimes described as a parafunctional activity, the common use of the mouth for an activity other than speaking, eating, or drinking.

Personally, I’m a little OCD, and if I happened to fray an edge of a nail, I would keep biting it, thinking I could fix the fray. I know that I cannot, but I do it anyway, and end up making it worse.

Health Hazards:

Nail biting is a disgusting habit. It may help to deter you from biting if you know what you are potentially putting into your mouth. Your fingernails are host to a variety of yeast, bacteria and fungus, says Nail biting, can also give you bad breath, wreak havoc on your teeth and gums, give you infections on your fingers, contribute to cold sores, and if you wear color, your fingernail polish you nibble on is essentially poison. If that alone isn’t enough to make you stop chewing those nails, then I don’t know what will. Additionally, the aftermath of chewing can leave your nails very short, and painful. If you bite and pick at the skin around the nail, we know how that skin can become red and irritated, and it takes a long time to heal as well.

2. Develop a plan

Habits are formed through repetition. Over time, these actions that trouble us will seem automatic; as if someone else is behind the wheel, moving our bodies to perform actions on our behalf. The key is to identify the triggers for these actions to enable us to understand how the habit functions.

For me, it was underlying stress, mixed with boredom. Once I understood this, I changed my behavior, by alleviating my stress, and finding things to do to take care of boredom. Continue reading “Biting Your Fingernails?: How To Stop This Bad Habit”

12 motivating tips to keep you staying active and working out


This post discusses various methods to keep you motivated to work out. Whatever the activity, these tips are sure to get your engine revved, and inspire you to get out there and have some fun with it. So keep reading and discover what you may have been missing all these years.

Do you ever feel lazy, uninspired, or just plain tired? Chances are, you may not be motivating yourself the way you, individually, need to be motivated. One thing I have learned over the years is that everyone needs different motivation to keep going. What follows, is a list of things that I have found that motivate me, and really do work.

1. Surround yourself with inspirational words

Motivational words

You can write down inspirational words on posters, sticky notes, a notebook, or your computer. The point is to be able to see them, and read them every day. Repeat them like a mantra, and become the embodiment of those words. Also, remember why you started in the first place, and make sure it isn’t for superficial reasons. Over time, superficial reasons tend to diminish motivation for doing something. If you want to work out to be pretty, then add something to it. You could say I want to be beautiful inside and out, through and through. This will cut through the context of superficiality and give you something more tangible to work towards.

Additionally, make sure you know what drives you based on what kind of person you are. Some people need positive reinforcement to keep going. When they get yelled at, to push them, they tend to get discouraged, and fold like tissue paper. Some people enjoy being yelled at and forced to keep going. And others, like myself, enjoy the personal challenge. If you think you are too small or too big, that alone can be enough to motivate you to change your strength, athleticism, and appearance. Remember, it is all about the person you convince yourself you are. Continue reading “12 motivating tips to keep you staying active and working out”