Stress Relief Goes Tech

Our bodies have a built in biological response know as Fight or Flight. When we are in danger this response is beneficial for survival, however, when we are in stressful, non-life threatening situations, our bodies have the same hormonal response as if we were in danger. This response can affect our ability to concentrate, to make decisions, to problem-solve and to communicate clearly. It can also inhibit sleep and keep our body’s immune system from functioning properly.

My Calm Beat is a great biofeedback tool that can help you manage your stress response.  Using your computer and an ear sensor, My Calm Beat’s software allows you to monitor your breathing rate and your heart rate variability (HRV).  Your HRV is the variation of intervals between your heart beats.  A high HRV has been connected to resiliency during stressful situations.  By controlling your breathing rate, you can control your heart rate patterns. This in turn assists the brain in managing stress and improving performance.

Is your boss stressing you out?  Kids driving you crazy?  Have a big presentation to give?  These are perfect times to use My Calm Beat.  For long term effect, try using it for 10 minutes a day and retrain your mind and body to effectively handle stress.  My Calm Beat can also be used on your Android, iPhone or Blackberry so you can take it with you wherever you go.

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One Response to Stress Relief Goes Tech

  1. Nicole Beurkens says:

    I’m excited to read about this program. I currently use the emWave with some clients (kids and adults) with great success. However, I like that this program can be used on smart phones. I can see this being a helpful tool for the parents at my clinic as well as kids!
    -Nicole Beurkens, PhD
    Licensed Psychologist

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