Keen Habit Aware Wristband Review


If you clicked on this story, either you have trichotillomania, someone you love, or you want to know more about the condition and how to manage it. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place because I’m here to tell you about a tech device that changed my life.

Let’s start with the basic definition of trichotillomania. According to the Mayo Clinic, trichotillomania is a mental health condition that causes people to pull out their hair (most often from the scalp, eyelashes, and eyebrows). For me it was my eyelashes, but everyone is different. This condition started when I was in elementary school and is something I have struggled with on and off for the past decade. It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve realized that unless I make a conscious effort to shoot less, it won’t magically happen – that’s where Keen2 comes in.

What is Keen2?

Well, Keen2 is the device that changed my life. Founded by Aneela Idnani, Keen2 is a bracelet that sends a gentle vibration or what the brand likes to call a “hug” to your wrist when it detects movement in areas where you don’t want your hands to be. Not only was this designed for people with trichotillomania, but also for those with dermatillomania (skin picking) and nail biting.

While the bracelet is helpful, it is truly the mission of the brand of love, strength, and awareness that helps curb the pulling and picking. Think about it, taking care of your body is an act of love, you are using your inner strength and bringing awareness to your hands and mind.

How it works

When it comes to trichotillomania and other BFRBs (body-focused repetitive behaviors), the action usually takes place in the same setting. For me, it’s on my bed and my desk while I’m working on my computer. With this idea in mind, users can configure Keen2 to recognize up to four motion patterns. The device essentially records the motion that occurs when pulling and uses it to send out a vibration when that motion is repeated. It took me 30 seconds to register my movement.

In my case I have set my Keen2 to vibrate when my hand is near my eyes at about a 70 degree angle, so whenever my hand is at eye level I get a slight vibration that makes me realize that I might shoot. I’m not surprised when I see the data that my Keen2 vibrated 25-50 times a day, but it just goes to show how those are all times when I was able to take a second to rethink what I had really needed at that time. .

The brand makes setup easy and even offers a free training session to get you started. It is important to note that the bracelet can vibrate even when you are not likely to pull if your hand is at the same angle. For example, sometimes mine triggers if I’m eating or driving, but it’s easy to play around with the settings to find a happy medium. To fix this, I take mine off while I’m eating just to make it easier, but it’s really not necessary.

The app

What I love about Keen2 is that it connects to your phone with the Keen2 app so you can track your progress in real time. In addition to training the different movements, users can find out if they have removed or replaced the habit with a different healthy behavior. Users have the option to answer follow-up questions about their episodes that include information such as time, date, location, and severity in addition to how you felt. It becomes useful to look back when trying to determine where and when you are most likely to shoot or if there are particular triggers.

Personally, as I have suffered from trichotillomania for so long, I know my triggers, but if you don’t have this awareness yet, it’s super helpful.

Think of Keen2 like a Fitbit, but for your sanity. For those who suffer from trichotillomania and other BFRBs, getting that reminder that your hand is in a “trigger” zone can help you breathe deeply and really recognize what’s going on at that moment that makes you want to pull. It kind of helps you check in and practice an element of self-care, even if it just stops what you’re doing for a minute to sit down and breathe.

General thoughts

Keen2 changed the way I view trichotillomania because he literally put more power back in my hands. It’s much sweeter than loved ones yelling at me to “stop shooting” when they notice my hands in front of my eyes. If you suffer from trichotillomania or any other BFRB then you probably know what I am talking about. Although I know I will still have times when the gentle vibration just isn’t enough to stop me, I know it’s there when I need it. Moreover, at $149, its price is comparable to other fitness equipment, so it is no more or less than any other gadget, which gives it major advantages. I hope Keen2 helps you as much as it helped me because we all deserve to have a little love, strength and awareness in our lives.

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