Nervous Habits: How to Break the Unbreakable

We all have bad habits that we just cannot seem to quit. You have the knuckle cracker, the lip smacker, or my personal demon, the nail biter. All of these annoying habits have one thing in common, no one knows how they started or how to get rid of them. I have been trying to cut my nail biting habit out of my life but it is much harder than I initially predicted. Nevertheless, I did find some tricks that I have found to be helpful. These tips can be specific to the nasty nail biting habit, or to any other bad habit that you cannot get rid of no matter how hard you try. So try them out and see if these are the remedies that you have been looking for!

  1. Put on a clear coat of nail polish to help you stop biting your nails.

  2. Try and chew gum when you get the urge to bite your nails, that way, you can keep your mouth busy.

  3. Try adult coloring books. When we are stressed out, these habits become more prominent. These coloring books are good stress relievers and can help keep your mind off of your habit and on the task at hand.

  4. Whenever you feel the urge to do your habit, find some kind of reward system for being able to withstand it. For example, when you want to crack your knuckles, tell yourself that if you go a whole day without it you can have your favorite ice cream. These short term goals can help you make long term progress.

  5. Sometimes it is not helpful to cut it cold turkey. A gradual removal can help you stay clean longer. Try to reduce your habit little by little everyday until you do not even think about it anymore.

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These are just a few tips for helping with getting rid of that stubborn habit. Do not be discouraged if you have a setback. These habits are stubborn and if they were so easy to quit, no one would struggle with them. Exercise can also be a great replacement for these habits. Out with the bad and in with the good. While these habits seem impossible to beat, you can definitely conquer them with a little bit of determination and persistence.