Unlike some bad habits, there's nothing good about nail biting (or onychophagia as it's medically known). If stopping is on your New Year's resolutions list then here's a little help to get you on track to nailing the fingertips of your dreams.1. Identify your trigger.
Simply "not biting" is easier said than done. First you need to identify what might trigger you to nail-nibble. If it's stress think about taking up relaxing activities like yoga or listening to podcasts. If it's anxiety or nerves tackle the root of this and enlist aids that will help calm you, like room scents. If plain boredom is the culprit try replacing bite time with another habit, like applying hand cream.2. Get a gel manicure.
They say it takes 21 days to break a bad habit and a good gel manicure should last you three weeks – so test the theory! You won't want to ruin your gorgeous glossy nails (especially after paying to have them done) and the layers of gel polish create a thick coating that's very hard to bite through even if you try. Not into color? Don't worry, most gel brands offer clear polish, too.3. Get regular manis.
Regular manicures (with gel or regular polish) are also a good idea because you'll start to love the way your nails look—and YES short nails can look chic! Not only this you'll resent wasting money at the salon, or ruining your own good handiwork work, if you bite them down.
Whether your "trigger" is boredom or not try introducing good nail habits into your lifestyle, which should eventually replace your bad habits. For example, file your nails a little every day to maintain their shape, oil them morning and night to prevent them becoming dry and brittle, and take a supplement high in biotin which will help your nails to grow strong and long (if you don't bite them, of course).5. Be mindful
We're constantly being told to "live in the moment," but WTF does that mean? Being mindful is awareness of the present—so instead of getting lost in thoughts about what to have for dinner/what to wear tomorrow think about the here and now. Practicing this will make you much more aware of how often you go to bite your nails and the opportunity to remind yourself not to before it's too late.6. Get your friends to help you
Make sure you tell your work BFFs, partner and pals to help you in your mission. Get them to shout at you EVERY time they see you nibbling. That should help you not only become more aware of how often you bite your nails but also do it less to swerve the jibes (and avoid looking gross).
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.