HabitAware Bracelet Can Help Break Your Bad Habits
October 11, 2018
This week, a Twin Cities couple, Sameer and Aneela Idnani Kumar,, won first place in the nation’s largest competition for entrepreneurs. The Minnesota Cup’s grand prize of $50,000 went to a company called HabitAware. The company make a tracker called Keen that is worn on the wrist. It’s for people who need help managing impulse control issues like hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting and thumb sucking.
What are the underlying conditions of our BFRBs? How do you meet yourself with compassion? What we use as reminders? What does pain push us to do? Featured guest: Aneela Idnani, cofounder of HabitAware.
This post was kindly contributed by Aneela Idnani, Co-Founder ofHabitAware.
"For more than 20 years I hid my hair pulling out of shame and fear of judgement.
Hair pulling actually started as thumb sucking as a baby. My parents and grandma did everything in their power to get me to stop – including handmade knitted mittens. My thumb found a way through those holes but eventually I stopped and graduated to hair twirling. Every night, I drank a warm glass of milk & twirled my hair as I fell asleep, all cuddled in my pink comforters."
"Something I have struggled with, for literally over 20 years, is pulling my hair out. I’m not talking about those silly cartoon moments, where a character is “pulling their hair out” because they’re frustrated. This is something that’s much more in-depth, and more serious. Hair-pulling falls under the category of Body-focused repetitive behaviours or BFRBs, for short. This also includes nail-biting, and skin picking, etc."