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Relapse: A Lesson in Learning to Accept Myself

August 22, 2018

In January 2017, after six years of picking at my split ends and two years of pulling out my hair, I finally told my parents about my compulsions to pull out hair from my scalp. It took them about a week or two to do some research and understand that this was not just “wanting” to pull out my hair, but “not being able to stop” pulling. My parents understanding meant a lot to me. For the first time, I believed I could actually stop! This “embarrassing” habit of mine had a name - trichotillomania, researchers that studied people like me, and tons of ways to stop were listed both online and in the several books my father ordered home. I was going to be cured!

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HabitAware Initiates Research to Further Develop Keen Awareness Bracelet as a Treatment for Trichotillomania and other BFRBs

August 08, 2018

We are so excited to make this announcement!  We know Keen is helping people build their awareness muscles. We also know our awareness bracelet has much more to give the BFRB community. By working with top researchers we can unleash the potential.

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Community Spotlight: Alison Dotson: Showing Up for OCD Awareness

May 30, 2018

Alison Dotson is a mental health advocate & a new friend! Though Alison & I both live in the Twin Cities, it took Mental Health friends across the globe to make our introduction happen! I met Alison through Stuart Ralph, a Brit whom I met virtually via Liz Atkin & in person at the 2017 … Continue reading Community Spotlight: Alison Dotson: Showing Up for OCD Awareness

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Finding the Good in Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania & Other BFRBs

May 16, 2018

Do you wish you never pulled that very first hair or picked that very first blemish? No one wants to be afflicted with a BFRB that buries us in shame and makes us want to run away and hide. But wishing something away isn’t going to send it away. It’s your choice to actively pursue … Continue reading Finding the Good in Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania & Other BFRBs

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How to Build & Maintain Your Happiness Muscles

January 24, 2018

In our first step to a “New Year, Improved You,” we talked about letting go of the need to be perfect so that we could make room in our lives to do the hard work to continuously improve.  In our second step to a “New Year, Improved You,” Ellen Crupi, our Director of Keen Awareness, shared tips … Continue reading How to Build & Maintain Your Happiness Muscles

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How to Reset Your Mindset

January 17, 2018

In our first step to a “New Year, Improved You,” we talked about letting go of the need to be perfect so that we could make room in our life to do the hard work to continuously improve. We also talked about how unnecessarily fearing failure sets us up to fail. All of this takes … Continue reading How to Reset Your Mindset

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New Year, Improved You: Resist Perfection.

January 03, 2018

Notice it’s not “New Year, New You.” We aren’t wiping the slate clean. We aren’t starting from scratch. You are who you are and if you’re here, you have one desire: to take what you have and make it better. To Improve You. But, where is the room for improvement, if you are already perfect? … Continue reading New Year, Improved You: Resist Perfection.

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New Year, Improved You – A Series of Tools to Help You Make the Best of the New Year

January 01, 2018

Here’s to a New Year & an IMPROVED YOU! The New Year starts TODAY.  It’s not about a new you, it’s about making the current you BETTER.  In this 3-part blog series, we’re giving you actionable tools to help you IMPROVE you. 1. ☔️ Repel Perfection Did you resolve to stop hair pulling or skin picking … Continue reading New Year, Improved You – A Series of Tools to Help You Make the Best of 2018

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Learning to Self-Care and Self-Love Yourself First

October 31, 2017

For many of us, the never-ending cycle of the rat race leaves us physically and emotionally exhausted. The world we live in today is filled with so much to do. It is so busy and the “fomo” (fear of missing out) is just too great. We drain ourselves, and GO, GO, GO without stopping to … Continue reading Learning to Self-Care and Self-Love Yourself First

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END THE STIGMA: Mental Healthiness for (not just) Tech/Startup Culture

October 13, 2017

As part of The HabitAware mission to end the stigma around body focused repetitive behaviors (bfrbs like hair pulling / trichotillomania, skin picking / dermatillomania, nail biting / onycophagia), our team coordinates events to share our first hand experience, build understanding around mental health issues & raise donations for TLC Foundation for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors.  … Continue reading END THE STIGMA: Mental Healthiness for (not just) Tech/Startup Culture

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#BFRBWeek 2016: Our favorite BFRB Advocates & “Storytellers”

October 04, 2016

It’s BFRB Awareness Week 2016 and we want to thank all those in the community for making some noise!  One of the best ways to learn about ANYTHING and overcome anything is through story-telling.   If you want to better understand how Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) shape (or distort) people’s lives, I highly recommend …

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What Kind of BFRB Mindset Do You Have?

March 24, 2016

I am part of a few online communities for folks with BFRBs, specifically trichotillomania (hair pulling). I also attend monthly meet-ups with other hair pullers, nail-biters and skin-pickers in Minneapolis. Over the years, friendships have formed within these groups and I’ve noticed something interesting: even though we’ve all found a different way to deal with …

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HabitAware Keen Sizing Guide

Not sure which size is right for you?

It's important that Keen has a snug fit on your wrist. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order:


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