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By : Bruce Davis
Nail biting is a compulsive behavior caused by stress, tension, or anxiety. This behavior can show up through when a person does not appear to be experiencing any type of pressure. The act of biting the nail, or around the cuticle is seen when the child or adult is bored, or needing to sit still for long periods of time. The underlining cause however remains the same. Stress is the major component of the problem. Starting with the core problem, stress management techniques can help relieve the pressure the person is experiencing. Learning to discuss, and recognize those feelings eliminates some of the desire to perform this habit. Substituting another action to relieve stress also works in many cases. Silly putty can be worked against the palm when feeling stressed out, or squeezing a rubber ball is a great reliever of tension. An effective method of substitution for men and young boys is a rubber band around the wrist. Some people snap the band against the wrist, but it can also be manipulated and twisted around to distract from the nail-biting urge. Keeping the nails trimmed and neatly filed, not only encourages the nail biter to keep the nails looking nice. It also keeps the person from absently trying to fix an imperfection by chewing on the nail. For an adult having a manicure is helpful too, since among other reasons this toughens the nail, and makes gnawing more difficult. Keeping a nail file handy is another method of relief. While some people find the habit of filing the nails frequently annoying, it is nothing compared to action of biting the nail. For a younger girl brightly colored nail boards or nail stickers can help curb the desire to bite the nail. The reason these methods work is the action they are controlling is based on the very reasons that nail biting begins as a habit in the first place. While it might sound strange, the habit starts up as method to sooth the self. The act of nail biting, even through the person doing it might not notice they are doing it, has a calming effect on the nervous system. The nail biting as an action reduces the levels of stress the person is feeling at the time. The action of nail biting is also stimulation. When a person, who is feeling stressed out through the day is sitting for a long periods as with a classroom situation, or long meeting at work the nail biting becomes a method of stimulation. At this point, the biting is keeping the person awake and alert. When biting the nails for stimulation, the individual’s mind is actually on the teacher, or a presentation. He or she isn’t actually thinking about what is happening to the nails. Another part of nail biting is a fixation with the nail. The nail becomes a focus at several points throughout the day and the nail biter looks for small problems or imperfections in the nail and chews or picks at this spot hoping to fix the problem. Natural stress relieves that adults can take to relieve stress such B-vitamin inositol, sometimes work to relieve the habit of nail biting. This vitamin works to enhance the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a brain transmitter that lifts the mood, and makes handling tension easier. If no other remedies work there is medication used to treat truly obsessive nail biting. These medications are the same as prescribed for OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Most of the time through people find more relieve through addressing the problem of stress and working to find ways to deal with tension, and pre-occupation with the nails.
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By : Bruce Davis
Nail biting is a compulsive behavior caused by stress, tension, or anxiety. This behavior can show up through when a person does not appear to be experiencing any type of pressure. The act of biting the nail, or around the cuticle is seen when the child or adult is bored, or needing to sit still for long periods of time. The underlining cause however remains the same. Stress is the major component of the problem. Starting with the core problem, stress management techniques can help relieve the pressure the person is experiencing. Learning to discuss, and recognize those feelings eliminates some of the desire to perform this habit. Substituting another action to relieve stress also works in many cases. Silly putty can be worked against the palm when feeling stressed out, or squeezing a rubber ball is a great reliever of tension. An effective method of substitution for men and young boys is a rubber band around the wrist. Some people snap the band against the wrist, but it can also be manipulated and twisted around to distract from the nail-biting urge. Keeping the nails trimmed and neatly filed, not only encourages the nail biter to keep the nails looking nice. It also keeps the person from absently trying to fix an imperfection by chewing on the nail. For an adult having a manicure is helpful too, since among other reasons this toughens the nail, and makes gnawing more difficult. Keeping a nail file handy is another method of relief. While some people find the habit of filing the nails frequently annoying, it is nothing compared to action of biting the nail. For a younger girl brightly colored nail boards or nail stickers can help curb the desire to bite the nail. The reason these methods work is the action they are controlling is based on the very reasons that nail biting begins as a habit in the first place. While it might sound strange, the habit starts up as method to sooth the self. The act of nail biting, even through the person doing it might not notice they are doing it, has a calming effect on the nervous system. The nail biting as an action reduces the levels of stress the person is feeling at the time. The action of nail biting is also stimulation. When a person, who is feeling stressed out through the day is sitting for a long periods as with a classroom situation, or long meeting at work the nail biting becomes a method of stimulation. At this point, the biting is keeping the person awake and alert. When biting the nails for stimulation, the individual’s mind is actually on the teacher, or a presentation. He or she isn’t actually thinking about what is happening to the nails. Another part of nail biting is a fixation with the nail. The nail becomes a focus at several points throughout the day and the nail biter looks for small problems or imperfections in the nail and chews or picks at this spot hoping to fix the problem. Natural stress relieves that adults can take to relieve stress such B-vitamin inositol, sometimes work to relieve the habit of nail biting. This vitamin works to enhance the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a brain transmitter that lifts the mood, and makes handling tension easier. If no other remedies work there is medication used to treat truly obsessive nail biting. These medications are the same as prescribed for OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Most of the time through people find more relieve through addressing the problem of stress and working to find ways to deal with tension, and pre-occupation with the nails. Use cupon code 24-7articles 5 andrecieve $5.00 off fir reading this article. www.stopbitingnails.com
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By : Bruce Davis
The scariest internal question to ask is “Why can’t I stop?” Everyone likes to feel in control, and most importantly, we all want to believe we have control over our own behavior. Having a bad habit undoes all of this. There is a behavior that you know is not good for you, and that you don’t want to continue, yet the actions repeat themselves seemly without your control. Nail biting is one those behaviors, that can seem more in control of you than you are of it. Know this, you can stop. It isn’t just a matter of will power, through it’s a matter of understanding why, and when the habit of biting your nails occurs. The big question is the first one. Why do you bite your nails? Chances are good that you had this problem as a child, and that your parents or teachers asked you this a thousand times. Probably you gave an honest answer. “I don’t know.” Internally, however you do know that somehow biting your nails helped you in some way you couldn’t define. In a way the action of biting your nails, did help you, but now that you know you need to stop, you need to understand how it made you feel better. It’s possible you don’t even remember the first time you started biting your nails. Again, most people start in early childhood. At some point, parents, friends, or teachers started to point out the signs of this behavior. Chewed down nails, bloody cuticles, or rough edges around the nail, and you probably brushed it off. If someone really nagged at you the problem just got worse, and explaining the problem, even internally was impossible. To understand why, you have to remember you, just like everyone else had some unpleasant moments as a child. Perhaps you remember those moments when called on in school, or when you got into some trouble, or having to perform in the school play. You might remember having butterflies in the pit of your stomach, or perhaps you even felt a little sick. It’s natural in those moments of stress as young person to look for some relief. As strange as it might sound one common method of stress relief, is biting your nails. This habit of nail biting is, in a way, hardwired into the human brain. This type of behavior is common all over the world, and is even seen in the animal kingdom. When we are nervous this is a behavior the brain accepts as method of calming down. Once you used this method as a child every time you became nervous or upset a part of your brain remembers this action and you repeated it. Understanding how this reaction to stress got started can help you control it, but it’s only part of the solution. For most people who bite their nails this is an unconscious action. In other words by the time your realize you are biting your nails you’ve reached the quick. Learning to stop is a matter of recognizing what causes you stress. It isn’t always those things you might think. Driving in a car, when you stop at light you might be thinking of a million things when you know you need to concentrate. Watching the light, you unconsciously start biting your nails. Sitting in church or in a meeting, it happens again. When you recognize what triggers the action you can stop. By substituting another behavior like filing your nails, or squeezing a ball, instead of nail biting helps you become consciously aware of what you are doing. Self-control is a matter of understanding how stressful situations occur, and finding other methods of dealing with them. Find what triggers your nail biting and you can stop. Use cupon code 24-7articles 6 and get $5.00 off for reading this article. www.stopbitingnails.com
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By : Bruce Davis
When people are nagging at you to stop biting your nails, it really doesn’t help. That doesn’t mean they are going to stop, because you have a habit of nail biting, and now they have a habit of nagging. This is a cycle you might find hard to break. The only person you need to stop biting your nails for is you. Your fingernails are a part of your body. You would like them to look like everyone else’s nails. Doubtlessly, you would like to stop looking down and finding a bloody chewed cuticle, and wondering how that could have happened. It is time to stop for your own peace of mind, and you can. When friends and family start going on about your nails, it upsets you. It makes you feel uncomfortable, or as if there is something wrong with you, and this starts a new cycle of stress and nail biting. There is in fact, nothing wrong with you. Nail biting started as a method your brain found when trying to fix a problem. At some point, probably as a child, you found yourself experiencing stress. When the human brain is over loaded with signals as it is during moments of anxiety, it can do one of two things. It can shut down completely, or trigger a response to the stress that relieves the tension in the mind and the body. This is actually a remarkable part of the mind itself, in that it handles a problem of overload so easily. This triggering mechanism is easy to spot in other people once you know what you are looking for, such as foot tapping, knee jingling, humming, and hair twisting. The next time you are stuck in a long line at the bank check out the behavior of people around you. This coping mechanism is an inherited human trait. Now, that you understand the signal your brain was sending with the nail-biting trigger you can stop. You can find other methods of coping with tension or feelings of stress that don’t involve chewing on your nails. This is why substitution works so well in nail biting cessation. Just remember, you are in control of the behavior now, and you are stopping because this is your decision. Use cupon code 24-7articles 7 and get $5.00 off for reading this article. www.stopbitingnails.com
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By : Bruce Davis
Since stress is a key factor in nail biting, it is important to acknowledge those feelings of tension and anxiety. Once, you understand these emotions, you can control your responses to them, but that doesn’t mean you take away all methods of relief. In fact, in order to quit nail biting the best way is to find an alternative for the behavior. Everyone, unless they live in a well-guarded fortress somewhere experiences fear at some point in their lives. Even the person in that protected castle probably still has moments of anxiety and stress. These emotions are naturally a part of the price of being human. The benefit of being human is having an understanding of those emotions, and finding ways to cope with them. Simply telling yourself to stop biting your nails hasn’t worked up to this point, and it still won’t even though now you have more of an understanding of why you do it. The same behavior will still be triggered and you will find yourself absently chewing on a nail, or you will notice a hangnail that your teeth could take care of rather quickly. Ten minutes later, half your nails will be gone. Stopping an urge that has been answered repeatedly over a lifetime is not easy. The solution is to find alternatives that answer the trigger of the stress, in a similar way. Looking at the triggers such as inactivity, sudden tension of an argument, getting a lower grader or a higher bill than expected it is easy to see why the nails are so quick to go. The nails are right there, and it’s easy, quick stress relief. What you find as a substitute then, must be something you can keep close at hand. A nail file, a small grooming kit, or a squeeze ball all work well as you long as you can carry it with you. Whatever you choose it must be as satisfying to you as the nail biting. Keep these with you at all times, and continue carrying them even after the nail biting stops. Use cupon code 24-7articles 8 and get $5.00 off for reading this article. www.stopbitingnails.com
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By : Bruce Davis
Once you understand the triggers that make you bite your nails, then the choice of stopping is truly your own. You can through substitution to stop this behavior. The control is no longer a matter of an unconscious urge, versus your conscious decisions. You might however, still wish to simply go about your life as you always have. Again, this is your decision, however there are consequences for that decision that you should understand. When other people see your nails, they will make judgments about your personal appearance. That isn’t entirely fair, as they don’t truly know you, but everyone does this to a certain extent. Chewed on, jagged nails that are down to the quick and raw looking aren’t attractive. Hiding your nails is almost impossible. At some point, you must have grown tired of the comments about your fingernails. It might make you angry to hear these statements, but is this a misplaced emotion? Perhaps the real target of your anger should be the habit itself. Another reason to get a little angry at the nail biting habit is the risk it’s making you take. When you chew at the cuticle of your nail you are removing a natural protection for the nail bed. This is why painful, fungal infections are common for people who chew or bite their nails, and it can cause deformity in the nail. Over time, constant nail biting itself can cause deformity or lack of growth in the nail. Along with the risk of infection, it is a serious possibility that one or more of your nails could be permanently deformed. When you think about it, something so small as a fingernail is causing you to risk your appearance and your health. Change is difficult, especially when it is a habit of a lifetime you are trying to control. When you reach a point of wanting to stop filing or using another substitute understand that you have the right to what everyone else has in your appearance and in your health. One small habit shouldn’t have the power to take that away. use cupon code 24-7articles 9 and recieve $5.00 off for reading this article. www.stopbitingnails.com
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