Keen (by HabitAware) is a smart bracelet that helps people like its founder, Aneela Kumar, take control of unwanted behaviors like hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting. These mental health disorders are collectively known as body focused repetitive behaviors and negatively impact the lives of 30 Million Americans.
“I was a hair puller for 20+ years,” says Kumar. “It began as a coping mechanism for my father’s battle with cancer. Until my husband caught me without eyebrows and we set out on a journey to make something that made me aware: Keen.”
Dealing with the stress of everyday life can be rough, and that’s outside of the added pressure of a global pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our sense of daily normalcy, countless Minnesotans are facing uncertainty, isolation, and fear.
Have you heard of trichotillomania? How about dermatillomania? Both are known as “body-part repetitive behaviors”—in this case, hair pulling and skin pulling. To help break habits like these, Minneapolis-based HabitAwaredeveloped a smart bracelet called Keen that detects repeated motions and issues a vibration to alert users to their actions.
Now, in the age of coronavirus, the Keen bracelet has found a new way to help.
It's important that Keen fits snugly. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order: