Dear Carol

"Dear Carol, How can I stop biting my nails?"

Dear Carol, 

I bite my nails. How do I stop this habit?

- Nail-Biter

Dear Nail-Biter,

I bit my nails, too (and sometimes still nibble), so I always try to keep an emery board handy and give myself manicures or go to the salon when I can. When I was first trying to break the habit, I put on yucky-tasting polish or wore gloves to bed. But mostly I stopped biting when I made the decision that enough was enough. I found the strength to do myself a favor and give my nails a chance to grow. Full disclosure: It didn’t happen overnight, but now you’d never know I ever bit my nails. My point? Habits are hard to break, but it’s never too late to turn over a new leaf.

Carol Weston is the author of 16 books including Speed of Life, Ava and Pip and Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You. Learn more at and on Instagram @carolwestonnyc.

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by GL | 11/3/2023