"This is the perfect time to get hold of my skin picking." ~ Natasha on using Keen during social distancing.

Ask HabitAware: How long will it take to retrain my brain? I want my life back yesterday!

April 08, 2017

From time to time we get questions from our users that we can only guess others are thinking as well (by the way, have you seen the stellar reviews on Keen?).

Bianca from Toronto, Canada asks:

Hi, I’ve been using Keen by HabitAware and I definitely notice a huge difference in my habit on days that I wear it and days that I don’t! What would you say is the typical time period it takes for someone to take control of a behavior?

Thanks!

Bianca


Answer:

Habits are tricky and depend on how ingrained they are. We would be skeptical of anyone touting a quick solution or firm timetable, because it depends so much on the particular situation. We have seen good results with the worst habits in 2-3 months with consistent use.  The process works in several stages:

4 steps to retrain your brain with Keen

1) Awareness of the behavior when wearing the bracelet – Most people notice increased awareness almost immediately. With consistent use, you will likely anticipate Keen’s vibration before you even do the behavior — and even before Keen!  This means you are building your awareness muscle!

2) Awareness of the behavior without wearing the bracelet – You begin to notice when you are doing it even when not wearing the bracelets.  In some cases you may be able to pull away, but in others maybe not.  This is okay, and to be expected in the beginning.

3) Determining your triggers – As you develop awareness, you’ll then be able to assess the situations in which you are likely to do your behavior.  You can use Keen’s app to track your behavior – just push the button on Keen’s bracelet when you engage in the behavior. Then, sync back with the app. Over time, patterns will emerge.

4) Replacing the behavior – After you have identified your triggers, figure out what you can do instead of the behavior.  If it’s in the office, just realizing you are anxious, stressed, bored, etc. and then proactively taking a walk, grabbing a glass of water, or doing a breathing exercise can help you refocus and curb the urge to pull or pick or nail-bite.  Over time you will build this replacement behavior into your routine, and it will override the undesirable habit circuitry in your brain with more practice.

 

 

If you have a question you want answered, email us and include “Ask HabitAware” in the subject line. We’ll always write back and sometimes we just may post your question to our blog!!!

With love + awareness,

Aneela (trichster + cofounder)


JOIN THE JOURNEY

Sign up for our e-newsletter for helpful strategies, news & important product updates:



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in HabitAware Blog: Soul Fuel

Strategies for Stress & BFRB (Trichotillomania / Dermatillomania) Management
Strategies for Stress & BFRB (Trichotillomania / Dermatillomania) Management

March 30, 2020

BFRBs are a heartless beast. It seeks to devour hearts and minds, body and spirit. But you don’t have to be its prey. As strong as it is, you are stronger. You can’t fight, though, if you don’t have the proper battle weapons...

Read More

Tips to Train Keen Accurately for Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania Treatment Recovery
Tips to Train Keen Accurately for Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania Treatment Recovery

March 03, 2020

We love hearing from you that HabitAware Keen is retraining your brain! But what happens when Keen isn't vibrating when you are engaging in our BFRB or Keen vibrates at the wrong times. In working with hundreds of Keen family members I've learned a few tricks to train Keen accurately and reduce false alarms.

Read More

Overcoming Hair Loss Summit: Taking Control of Hair Pulling, Skin Picking, Nail Biting, anything!
Overcoming Hair Loss Summit: Taking Control of Hair Pulling, Skin Picking, Nail Biting, anything!

March 02, 2020

Read More

Sizing Guide

Not sure which size is right for you?

It's important that Keen fits snugly. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order:

(images not to scale)