"I grew up in a broken home and was moved around a lot as a kid. At age 5, I turned to nail biting as a way to ease my stress. My nails were short, brittle and people always caught me with my hand in my mouth. I was embarrassed, ashamed, and felt stuck in a vicious cycle of self-sabotage. My chronic nail biting made my life grim and dull, which in turn made me shy and afraid to make friends. Sadly, this bad habit followed me into adulthood until I learned about HabitAware Keen..."
This is Deena’s Conquering with Keen story, as told to Ellen Crupi, HabitAware’s Director of Awareness. Early this March, HabitAware started supporting Deena in achieving her goal of kicking her 70 year old nail biting “habit.” During our free Keen set up training call, Deena said to me, “Ellen, I have tried everything...
Alyssa is a 21-year-old LGBTQ+ activist and botany field scientist living in Arizona. She has been struggling with nail biting and skin picking for 14 years. This is how she’s Conquering with Keen Awareness, in her own words.
Gessie, a 20-year-old living in New York, began her struggle with Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) at the young age of 4. This is how she’s Conquering with Keen Awareness, in her own words. She's been able to stop nail biting, stop hair pulling and find acceptance with her situation. As she says, "progress is not linear...its a journey."
Little is known in mainstream culture about why people pull out hair (hair pulling disorder / trichotillomania) or pick at their skin (compulsive skin picking / dermatillomania). HabitAware helps educate others to smash the stigma. We recently facilitated a panel for parents, students and faculty to explain BFRBs.
Here's actionable steps to take to control of your hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania) or nail biting AND retrain your brain. The best treatment for trichotillomania is treating yourself right. The HabitAware team shares how you can use the Keen smart bracelet to develop awareness and take control!
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→
I know that our customers purchase Keen for different reasons. Being the curious person that I am, I decided to look through all our testimonials and reviews to see if I could find out some of those reasons (above & beyond the “I want to take control of my hair pulling / skin picking / … Continue reading 7 Reasons People Choose Keen→
It’s BFRB Awareness Week 2017 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 … Continue reading #BFRBWeek 2017: Our favorite BFRB Advocates & “Storytellers”→
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 …
Our smart bracelet helps you develop your own Keen sense of awareness over time. Keen is your coach, helping you take control of hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking (body focused repetitive behaviors) and thumb-sucking. Visit our homepage to get Keen. With love & awareness, Aneela
Hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting and other body-focused repetitive behaviors are such subconscious actions that you never really know when it is happening. HabitAware’s smart bracelet is designed to give you awareness of where your hands are and what your mind is doing when you aren’t really paying attention. But then what?! After awareness, it’s …
"Thank you for your faithful emails, they are a source of great motivation for many of us. I actually think of my Keen as a "helper", a unique tool to remind me when I am slipping into my danger zone." - L.M.
"This newsletter is excellent...I credit the mere existence of this product and the feeling of community fostered by this newsletter, as two of the catalysts that helped free me from my shame and self-loathing in regards to my trichotillomania." - D.M.
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