9 Tips for Managing a Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior From People Who Have Them
November 08, 2017
Hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting—living with a body-focused repetitive disorder (BFRB) is no easy business...
I talked to several of my friends from the BFRB community to gather their best strategies for dealing with their behaviors...
9. Use a gadget.
“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 HabitAware] was next.... 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
While many people say beauty comes from within, and it does, our outer appearance does matter. It’s our hair, skin, and nails that make us feel beautiful. I know this to be true as sometimes I might feel beautiful, but then I catch myself in the mirror and think, who is that! Think back.
"Mental health conditions can often manifest themselves in hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting, and face touching. Those repetitive physical behaviors may also result in deep feelings of shame that can impact self-confidence and, of course, relationships. HabitAware integrates wearable technology with an app on a user’s smartphone to interrupt those harmful, unconscious patterns. The tool allows individuals to become more mindful and retrain their brains to overcome disorders by alerting them when they make a specific motion."
Have you wished to own something that would stop you from doing bad habits? HabitAware is contributing its great part towards this direction by selling smart bracelets that send a vibration to make you aware of certain behaviors like pulling your hair, eyebrows, biting nails, which most people do and do not even realize it.