“Acceptance + mindfulness + fidgets. I don’t think I could have stopped [hair] pulling without all three of these. Once I got a jump start on the acceptance part, I learned that fidgets played a big role in the recovery of many, so I slowly built up a collection of hand candy. I keep some fidgets in my car, on the back of my couch, in my nightstand, and at other trouble spots in my house.
The Keen [bracelet by Habit Aware] was next. It was expensive, but it played a huge role in my recovery for two reasons: awareness and tracking. I didn’t realize how automatic my pulling was until I had the bracelets catch me every time. And I hate to track, as valuable as it is. But Keen has a little button on it that you can push when you do perform your behavior and you can look at the summary whenever you’re ready. With Keen I can track my behavior with minimal disruption to my life.” —Laura, 32
Arlan Hamilton is founder and managing partner of Los Angeles-based Backstage Capital, which has invested more than $5 million in 100 startups whose high-potential founders are people of color, women or LGBTQ. Two of those startups are in Minnesota, including Minneapolis-based HabitAware, the winner of the $50,000 grand prize in the 2018 MN Cup entrepreneurial competition, and the developer of a smart bracelet to make users aware of hair-pulling and other unwanted repetitive behavior.
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