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16 Things That Actually Helped People Stop Picking And Biting Their Nails

It's really hard to kick a nail biting or nail picking habit, but things like acrylic nails and fidget toys can help.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what helped them actually stop picking and/or biting their nails. Here are some of their responses:

1. Pick up a habit that keeps your hands busy, like knitting:

2. Indulge in acrylic nails that'll protect your real ones:

3. Use a fidget toy like a Frick-Frack to occupy your hands whenever you get the urge to pick:

4. Find a therapist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy:

5. Strategically limit which nail you can bite or pick:

6. Try letting a teeny bit of one nail grow, and celebrate its progress:

7. Make nail art and polish a hobby:

8. Put some oil of oregano on your nails:

9. Or apply some foul-tasting clear polish so that you have no desire to put your nails anywhere near your mouth:

10. Carry around a set of cuticle clippers that you can whip out when you want to pick:

11. Use a cuticle moisturizer, and remember to celebrate your wins:

12. Wear a piece of jewelry you can focus your attention on:

13. Or slip a rubber band around your wrist that you can play with instead:

14. Wear a lipstick or gloss so that you really notice every time you put your fingers to your mouth:

15. Chew gum when you need to:

16. And enlist the help of a loved one:

Responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Seeing other people dealing with the same thing you are is a great way to feel less alone, but if you found a lot of things in this post a little too relatable, you might want to look into other ways to take care of yourself. So, here are some quick resources, just in case:

You might want to read more about BFRBs and check out resources and information on how to get treatment.

You can read about anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder, since BFRBs can be a symptom or coping mechanism of both.

As we head into the new year, we're talking about all the ways to make your life and the world around you a little bit better. Read more Do Better 2019 content here.