Stress and anxiety are two of the biggest mental health issues that plague our society as a whole. From daily life, the finances, to family and relationship issues – there is always something to worry about and stress over. Constant stress and worry brews up an entire host of issues, both mental and physical. Stress and anxiety can cause unpleasant physical symptoms that include by are not limited to headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, dry mouth, trouble breathing, shakiness, and so much more.
Often, it is challenging to handle stress and anxiety on your own, especially when you are going through a particularly challenging time. Therapy and medications can help, although these services tend to be too expensive for some and not a feasible option. Therefore, IoT, digital health, and technology in the medical and healthcare field have created more cost effective options to help people manage and overcome their stresses and anxieties.
BioBeats has created and improved their stress management app called Hear and Now. Their motto is, “Mindfulness meets the Sciences,” and helps its users figure out what triggers their stress and anxiety. From there, the app can help guide the user through personalized breathing exercises to help manage and reduce their current stress. This app is helpful because it aims to greatly improve the quality of life of its users.
Hear and Now uses the practice of mindfulness to help reduce stress in the app’s users. However, it is often challenging for users to know if they are doing well or doing the exercise correctly since mindfulness is an individual experience for everyone. That’s why the BioBeats technology measures your body’s small responses to its guided deep breathing to evaluate whether the breathing is having the correct effect.
Getting a bit further into the actual technology, the app uses your smart phone’s flash and camera feature, or your wearable fitness device, to collect your body’s special data. The app is able to take that information and measure and analyze your blood flow pattern to determine your heart rate variability. The next step is for the app’s algorithm to calculate your stress and anxiety levels and then displays those results on your app dashboard.