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Top Technologies for Reducing Stress

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Stress is definitely not only a malady of those working in top level positions; it is the reason that one in four Canadians quit their jobs. It negatively affects the mental and physical health of around 58% of Canadians, who report feeling overworked. Stress isn’t just a psychological bugbear; it is linked to a host of serious conditions, including heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, and Alzheimer’s disease. In this post, we highlight a few technologies aimed at busting stress and fostering better general mental health and wellbeing.

Neurofeedback and Biofeedback

These related therapies are currently used to treat stress-related conditions such as anxiety, addiction, and insomnia. Used by the Italian National Soccer team, its aims is to improve mood and promote general wellbeing.

A typical neurofeedback and biofeedback session is painless and quite entertaining. The therapist hooks up electrodes to your trapezius muscles (to check muscular tension) and sensors to your hands (to check your heart rate and HRV (heart rate variability)), as well as electrodes to the side of your head to obtain an EEG.

The test is safe and no electricity is administered to the brain; the electrodes are there to elicit the activity of your brain waves.There are five different brain waves and the aim of a session is to take the brain from an agitate state to one that enables you to be more alert, or relaxed, as required. This is done through special games and activities. One of the most attractive features of this approach is that you can actively see how your brain waves, heart rate, and HRV, are making positive changes, during the session itself.

Binaural Beat Therapy

To lower your daily stress levels, techniques such as Binaural Beat Therapy can work. The latter involves listening to audio tracks that ‘trick’ the brain into a calm, focused, or other desired state. It is similar to neurofeedback in that it aims to promote the activity of specific brain waves, in this case by using sounds with different frequencies.

Meditation Headsets

MUSE is a popular headset retailing for under $300 which uses the sounds of nature to describe your current state and to lead you to a mindful state in which your main focus is on ‘the here and now’. Mindfulness meditation per se is one of the most powerful ways to lower levels of stress hormone (cortisol) naturally, and this handy device allows you to enter ‘the Zone’ more directly.

We have mentioned three interesting technologies that can help Canadians fight stress, though there are many more to choose from. From negative ion generators right through to breathing apps, you will find a plethora of aids to make the sometimes elusive state of calm, far easier to achieve.


About the Author

Jane Sandwood has been a freelance writer and editor for over 10 years. She has written for both digital and print across a wide variety of fields. Her main interest is exploring how people can improve their health and wellbeing in their everyday life. When she isn’t writing, Jane can often be found with her nose in a book, at the gym or just spending time with her family.

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