The crux of managing stress is to first be able to recognize the exact moments that we’re triggered. We may experience a fight-or-flight response emotionally. Or maybe we feel victimized and search for a place to lay blame or judgment. Perhaps we lose focus. But, without a great deal of practice and self-awareness, these symptoms of stress are often difficult to identify.
The physical reactions of stress—a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing or even feeling queasy—is sometimes more obvious. But still, most of us have been reacting to our triggers for years. The symptoms are like background noise in the chaos and feel perfectly natural. So what is there to notice?
For people who struggle to identify the onset of stress, especially when it’s subtle as is sometimes the case, modern technology can actually help. Although wearable activity trackers were originally designed to help motivate consumers to improve their exercise, diet and sleep habits, a byproduct of the industry is the wearable technologies that can help people understand patterns of stress.
Tracking a heart rate is usually enough to indicate stress (because stress releases adrenaline, which makes breathing shallow and the heart […]