Kate Kei

How to deal with nervous habits that show a Lack of Confidence – Part 4

In this post we will talk about some other nervous habits that mean to others that we lack self-confidence.

8. Grinding and/or clenching your teethHow to stop grinding and clenching your teeth

Clenching and grinding your teeth in stressful situations is called bruxism. It often happens in our sleep when we pass from a deeper level of sleep to a lighter one. Needless to say that bruxism is harmful for your teeth.

If that is your problem, go and see your dentist first. He /she can recommend a bruxism appliance you can wear at night. As for the day time, try to pay attention to it and stop it immediately. Take several deep breaths instead or dig your nails into your palms. A face massage can help too.

And remember that chewing gums make it worse.

9. Fidgeting or tapping your fingers

When you are playing with small objects, drumming your hands on the table or on your legs, tapping your fingers on the table or something similar, you appear bored, stressed or unfocused.

To deal with that, try to get rid of all the small objects you can play with โ€“ bracelets, pens, paper clips…)

You can also try putting your hands on the table in front of you, the tips of your fingers intertwined, or just hands flat on the table.

9. Touching and pulling your hair

Touching the hair is quite common for women. It is a way of attracting menโ€™s attention to it.

However, it can also be a way of self-comforting in a stressful situation. In this case, it becomes a little obsessive and if you also happen to pull your hair, it can become quite harmful.

One way of dealing with that is to take something, a folder or a pen, and to hold it in both hands to keep them busy. It can also work for people who are touching their face.

10. Cracking your Knuckles

To a lot of people this gesture relieves stress and feels like a good stretching. However, it is extremely irritating to others.

To do it less frequently, you can try and count how many times per day you do it and then consciously reduce it.

You can also try and hold a pen or a pencil in stressful situations so that your hands are busy.

Another way is to wrap your hands. Thus, you can remind yourself not to crack your knuckles.

11. Chewing on pencils or pens

Even if it seems pretty harmless, sucking or chewing pens or pencils germs and microbes easily get into your mouth. It can mean nothing as it can mean diseases. Moreover, some people just find it disgusting to take a chewed pen or even worse, to find their pen chewed by someone.


how to stop chewing pens

How to deal with that?

Well, you can proceed just like with the fingernails and cover the ends of your pens and pencils in some unpleasantly-tasting substance. It will also prevent someone else from chewing it if you happen to lend it to them.

Another way is to keep small and healthy snacks or a cup of tea near you so that you can always put them into your mouth instead.

Now, to some people these tips can be enough. Others may get better results with outside help. But fear and anxiety are the reason these habits appeared, I believe it is also important to learn how to deal with different fears, as well as some techniques to relax in stressful situations. Weโ€™ll talk about that in the next posts.

Until then, I wish you the best of luck on your way to harmonious life ๐Ÿ˜‰
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