For many nail biters, the habit stems from the need to groom to make the nail feel smooth and perfect, but that can go too far, as we all know. Improper grooming through the use of teeth or picking can lead to short, painful nails and nailbeds, and potential infections if left untreated. Let's explore your everyday carry (EDC) to help curb the habit and promote nail health.
Your EDC kit should be simple, portable, and easily accessed. A simple nail clipper/file combo is inexpensive and can be found at any local convenience store. If you want a premium option, this one offered by Victorinox is really nice. Attach it to your keys and it will always be with you to clip off hang nails and round off points to make your nails neat, tidy, and snag-free.
Strong Will is an intensely bitter reminder to leave your nails alone. Sometimes, absent-mindedly, your nails will make their way into your mouth and that is when Strong Will kicks in. It's portable and discrete size allows it to fit virtually anywhere. Since it is odorless, you can apply anywhere, quickly on the go.
A notepad and pen is not only a perfect way to recall notes and grocery lists but also keeps your hands busy through writing or doodling. This also has the benefit of lowering stress and anxiety by getting tasks down on paper instead of keeping everything in the front of your mind.
Lastly, I like to carry a travel-sized nail file with a few different grit patterns. Fine files (240-600 grit) are for shaping and eliminating burrs, ultra fine files (600-2400 grit) are for smoothing and polishing.
What is the most valuable part of your EDC?