Nail biting is a surprisingly common habit. For some people, it starts in early childhood and continues right through to adulthood, when it can be an irritating and humiliating nuisance.

Some people have struggled with this habit for so long, that they cannot imagine ever being free. They may have struggled for years, biting their nails to such an extent that they bleed and become a painful embarrassment.

This can then become a vicious cycle as, for many adults, the habit persists and is made worse by stress or anxiety.

Almost without exception, nail-biting is an unconscious habit. Nail biters do not usually realise that they are doing it, often biting their nails in completely inappropriate situations! The good news is that it is unconscious actions and beliefs that hypnosis is particularly useful at addressing.

Hypnotherapy can help you to form positive new alternatives to nail biting, to help you cope with anxious situations and stress triggers in a constructive way. A hypnotherapist can also work with your unconscious mind to stop this unconscious habit.

The reason why most people bite their nails, whether in times of stress, or simply through habit, is essentially the same mechanism as used by overeaters and smokers – it’s called ‘oral satisfaction’.

Put simply, ‘oral satisfaction’ involves putting something in your mouth, be it a nail, a cigarette, cream cake, etc, and this will often be done in times of stress. Of course, where nail biting is concerned, it can be both unhygienic and unsightly.

Hypnotherapy and hypnosis can be an effective treatment in helping people to overcome their tendency of biting their nails.

Treatment using hypnotherapy for nail biting, can give very rewarding and satisfying results.

If you are looking for help to stop biting your nails, and especially if it’s causing problems in your life, then don’t suffer in silence. You CAN Stop Biting Your Nails!

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