September 16, 2010 4:32 am at 4:32 am #706915HealthParticipant
Smartcookie -Do you bite your nails? I do and I realize it when I’m biting -I just don’t put it in the forefront of my mind, but it’s not in the subconscious.September 16, 2010 5:25 am at 5:25 am #706916smartcookieMember
Health- I Baruch Hashem stopped biting my nails a couple of years ago.
However, I’m contantly tearing the skin around my nails and they really look ugly. Any ideas for that problem?September 22, 2010 5:18 am at 5:18 am #706918HealthParticipant
SC -Biting or tearing the skin is just like you’re biting your nails.October 8, 2010 4:19 am at 4:19 am #706919joblessMember
Hi everybody. I’m just here to give some chizuk. I’ve been biting my nails for over 15 years and could never get myself to stop. Actually, I basically stopped biting them when I got braces but I continued to damage my nails by peeling them and the skin around them (thus, the gross tasting nail stuff won’t work for me…). I’ve tried many times to stop with no success. After reading this thread about 2-3 weeks ago, I decided to try again. I think the idea that a habit can be broken in 40 days really gave me the motivation. The fact that the time period is limited keeps me conscious of it all the time. I’m not sure if this makes any sense to you, but it’s working for me. Haven’t peeled my nails since then, so I’m over a quarter way through the 40 days!!! And my nails are looking pretty good.
Just some ideas that helped me: I apply two coats of nail hardener every 2-3 days and moisturize my hands (and feet which are also problomatic) every night before I go to sleep. This helps my skin stay nice and smooth so that it’s not peeling (which would give me the feeling that I need to peel more).
Anyhow, just thought I’d post this to give chizuk to all those of you who are still struggling to stop (and believe me, I know how hard it is – I was able to empathize with all your comments) and to thank those of you who mentioned the idea about the 40 days.October 8, 2010 4:41 am at 4:41 am #706920smartcookieMember
Jobless- I also stopped biting my nails but still tear the skin around them.
I’m trying to stop for years. But I can find myself sitting and playing with my fingers for a while before I realize what I’m doing. I don’t always realize as I’m tearing my skin.
How do you keep yourself conscious about it?October 8, 2010 6:04 pm at 6:04 pm #706921d aMember
Okay. I bought that yucky nail polish. I put it on and I didn’t bite my nails since. I think its subconscious and my mind is telling me not to bite my nails.
But now, instead of biting, I am constantly peeling my nails off. Now it is even more crazy!!!
What can I do to stop?October 8, 2010 7:56 pm at 7:56 pm #706922sm29Participant
I bit my nails and couldn’t stop even with polish. What helps is to put fake nails on top. They are too hard to bite and the ones underneath have a chance to grow. I got it done at a salon, but it comes off days later because there’s not much to hold on to. But a friend told me that CVS has a pack of glue on nails I can buy
hatzlachaOctober 29, 2010 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #706923d aMember
I STOPPED! B”H, I have not bit my nails for over 40 days!!! But now I peel them instead. Someone tell me what to do!!!
Good Shabbos!November 5, 2010 2:01 am at 2:01 am #706924joblessMember
Do the same thing!!!! But, maybe take a break and don’t beat yourself up on it…
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