HabitAware Habit Reversal Bracelets
I have been using Keen bracelets for years now, ever since they first came out I was intrigued by them because I was desperate to stop pulling my hair and immediately reached out to the inventor to inquire about them. I was already working on kicking the habit by trying to figure out what my triggers were in my trichotillomania journal and these bracelets came at just the right time in my journey.
I had so much success with my first pair of bracelets that when I found out they were making a new bracelet with better technology and more advanced features, I knew they would be a must-have tool.
My old bracelets were still working when I received my new Keen2 bracelets but they didn’t have all the fancy bells and whistles that these new bracelets have.
You can read about the NEW bracelets vs the first Keen bracelets here.
It’s been a rough year since I received my new bracelets.
I was really good at first with them, I was staying consistent, managing my hair-pulling and things were looking up. It seems like right around the middle of summer all that changed.
It’s been nothing but constant challenges, I feel like I’m getting hit with one thing after another. BIG things have caused me to fall into bouts of depression. I gave up on doing things to help myself manage my hair-pulling.
My faith has been challenged in a way where the rubber is really meeting the road.
I am leaning more on the Lord and His promises more than ever. It’s been so hard because it feels like nothing is happening and these mountains are not moving. In fact, it seems like it’s gotten way worse as time goes by.
I am being attacked in a way I’ve never been attacked before. I’m dealing with people I cannot for the life of me understand.
I have a hard time controlling my hair-pulling when there’s too much stress like this. I don’t even know I’m doing it. It’s gotten so bad that I just wanted to stop.
Enough is enough. I knew I had to start taking care of myself regardless of the stress.
I pulled my HabitAware bracelets out of the drawer, charged them, and immediately downloaded the app again.
In addition to wearing my HabitAware bracelets again, I have also been wearing my hair back out of my face. This is the second biggest thing that helps my success with these bracelets.
I have to put up a barrier that makes my hair hard to get to. It’s the second level of awareness after the bracelet. Keen gives me the tap on the wrist which brings me to awareness and when I can’t get to the hair on my head, it triggers the second level of awareness.
I’ve been doing really good since I started wearing Keen again. I’ve been able to manage my hair-pulling and my confidence is getting better by the day.
Thanks to the built-in step counter, I’m taking more walks which are helping reduce my stress levels and anxiety. I wear my headphones on my walsk and listen to sermons that also help my mental health.
After not wearing them for a few months, it’s amazing how much awareness I feel again. Because I’ve done this habit reversal training before, I feel like I have a more heightened sense of awareness when Keen taps me and I know to move my hand quicker than I did in the past.
My brain remembers what to do and it’s given me a bigger boost of confidence that I can manage this habit. I think that is a big takeaway from this blog post for anyone who has Keen; it’s okay that you stopped using them, try again!