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One Week With Keen – How Am I Doing?
Okay so I wanted to get this out of me because some people have been asking if Keen helps?
I can see why they want to know, I was totally eager to know myself and that’s why I bought them.
I want to give a quick update after a week of using them since I have been super busy working on my Trich therapy journal, I haven’t really come up for air much.
I really believe I need both the journal and the bracelets so I’m trying to get that done.
I Wanted To Give My Keen Review First
I want to give some pros and cons that I’ve noticed just the first week of having it.
It’s only been week but here goes..
Keen Bracelets are Smart Bracelets!
These bracelets are pretty smart once they’re trained properly.
There’s adjustment settings inside the app so you can tighten and widen the sensor.
If Keen is buzzing too much, it just needs an adjustment.
I can adjust the length of the vibration it gives and snooze it for a period of time.
If there’s any issues, HabitAware is happy to help get it set-up via phone or video conference.
It just takes some getting used too but once they are trained, these bracelets are really smart and precise.
I am absolutely more aware of my hands and what they are doing with these bracelets on.
It’s up to me whether to stop engaging in the habit at the point Keen makes me aware – I like that.
Keen Gives Me A Small Confidence Boost.
I have hope with Keen.
Keen makes me aware of my hands when I would not have otherwise been.
I still mess up a lot, especially if Keen is off and charging somewhere, but I have hope now that I can at least catch myself!
I even have a little bit of nail growing back on my fingers.. progress, not perfection.
Keen Keeps Me From Embarrassing Myself in Public
I go to school in the evenings and one thing that always embarrasses me is when I’m caught pulling, sucking, biting or whatever else my hands decide to do.
I’m usually not even aware because I’m paying attention in class, like a good (really weird) student.
These bracelets have kept my hands down in the most important times in public.
I seriously wish I had these when I was a kid in school.
I was teased so bad for my thumbsucking especially.
There are a few cons..
Before I fire off the cons, keep in mind that the product does what it is intended to do, despite my own quirks with it.
I’m an emotional maniac sometimes and getting used to a new thing is not easy..
When I wear them, they work as they should and that’s awesome!
They are not magic bullets, they’re habit detectors.
Habit detectors can be annoying sometimes.
It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work, it just means I’m easily annoyed.
They Need to Be Charged.
Charging the Keen takes about an hour or two, depending on the charger you hook it up too.
Patience, not my strong suit.
I’m the worse about charging things BUT even in the times when my Keen wasn’t charged, I noticed I was more aware.
I’m Getting Used To Them On My Wrists!
Having them on my wrists more than a few hours has been challenge because I’m not used to any weight on my wrists at all.
I’m easily agitated at first but I’ve totally gotten used to it after a month.
I Have to Take Them Off Holding the Baby.
The position that I need to bend my wrists in to hold him is awkward for me with the bracelets on.
If you’re not holding a tiny human all the time, this shouldn’t effect you at all.
Keen Hates My Car.
UPDATE: this was an issue with a lot of people, so Keen fixed it! YAY! So the rest of my rant about Keen hating my car is not valid anymore, but by all means, read it!
Every time I drive in my car down the street, Keen goes nuts.
It could be my position of my hands on the steering wheel?
I really don’t know. I just turn the setting down on my app from High to Low and then Keen is cool in the car again.
Remembering to put it back to High (which is where I like it) is not always easy when I get to my destination.
Remembering is just not easy for me. I mean if we’re being honest?
Has Keen Helped Me Stop Pulling?
When I wear Keen, I am absolutely aware of what my hands are doing.
It’s at this point when I have to choose what I’m going to do.
I don’t always make the choice not to pull, but sometimes I do and for that – Keen is a win!
I feel like Keen gave me a choice.
I always felt so powerless because a lot of the time this would start with me not aware at all of what is going on.
After a week with Keen, my favorite thing about it is that it has given me a choice.
I feel like I’m informed and it’s up to me whether I consent to give in to my urges or not.
Sometimes I do but sometimes I don’t!
Progress not perfection!