As the world evolves our lives become busier, cities more developed, and the external noise becomes louder. These changes increase our stress levels and correspondingly the negative effects stress has on our bodies.
These changes have led to increased awareness about the importance of a balanced lifestyle. Health practitioners are encouraging us to make healthy food choices to nourish the body from the inside out and to meditate or attend classes such as yoga to calm and energize the mind. But perhaps ironically, it is not always easy to find the time to go to a yoga class to relax and destress and at certain time it may simply be impractical for example when you need to calm your mind before an important presentation.
Now there is an alternative.
Developments in technology have paved the way for wearable devices to help you deal with stress, feel more energized and be more productive, and it only takes a few minutes of your day.
We take a closer look at three of these devices:
Melomind is about training your brain to reduce stress. The Melomind headphones are a combination of Bluetooth and EEG (electroencephalogram) sensors. While the EEG sensors measure your brain activity, the information is analyzed by the Melomind app on your smartphone or tablet, which determines the correct music to play back via the Bluetooth headphones in real time.
Melomind helps you to train your unconscious processes. The more you use this device the more efficient you become at managing your stress and relaxation.
Melomind acts as a personal coach to help take care of your health.
It helps you to:
- Reach a state of Zen
- Reduce your level of anxiety
- Improve your quality of sleep
- Improve your athletic performance
- Improve your productivity
Here is a video to take you through how Melomind works and the calming effect it has on the brain:
The Thync wearables’ purpose is to instantly shift your state of mind, to either energize or calm you.
The Thync Kit is made up of three components:
1. The Thync module, which sits on your forehead
2. The Strips, which are placed on the back of your neck
3. The app on your smart device, which controls the Vibes
Thync uses neurosignaling technology (which they call ‘Vibes’) to deliver signals to the brain via the neural pathways. These low-level electrical pulses either boost your brain’s adrenaline system giving you more energy or they assist in slowing down the production of stress resulting in a calmer you.
You start by using Thync for just 10 minutes, four to six times a week to feel the effects and you can increase this as necessary as you become more accustomed to the device.
Watch this video demonstrating Thync’s application to real life situations:
‘Muse: the brain sensing headband, is a brain fitness tool that measures brain signals much like a heart rate monitor senses your heartbeat.’
Muse uses finely calibrated sensors to detect and measure your brain activity. It then uses Bluetooth to send this information to the app on your mobile device.
The Muse headband gives you real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain during your meditation session. You are able to track your progress and set any personal goals you would like to achieve through the Muse app.
The benefits of meditation with the Muse headband are:
- Reduced stress levels
- Feeling more relaxed
- Improvements to your mood
- Helps you to focus
- It motivates you to change your brain
To start your meditation with the Muse headband, it only takes three minutes of your day and you can work up to 20-minute sessions.
This video will show you how the Muse headband helps you to reduce stress:
Would you use one of these devices to help reduce your stress levels and be more productive? Tell us on Twitter using the hashtag #BrainTraining