Smart Stress Busters

An article in the Evening Standard enlightened me to everything smart stress busters from mood-lifting lamps to deep-sleep blankets. I like to do yoga to distress on nights when I have free time. I know other people who take a bath, go for a walk or do morning meditation to help them feel calmer. However, for others there are just not enough hours in the day to do any of these things, leaving them stressed and their mind over-active. For me daily-stress and deadlines really make me anxious.

This is why smart technology products have been designed to help you keep calm. Below are a few examples of products that are said to help you feel relaxed and at ease.

InteraXon Muse headband

To me £269 is very overpriced for what looks like a plain black headpiece. However this device is for portable meditation and is brain-sensing, letting you meditate on the move. It apparently immerses you in calming soundscapes and gives you real-time feedback on what is happening inside your brain as you relax.

The Pip

This device is for monitoring stress levels. It allows you to watch your levels of stress changing via an app on your smart phone. I’m not sure how I feel about this one; it would probably make me more stressed that I was constantly being monitored!

Dodow Dimming Lamp

This lamp promises to send you to sleep 2.5 times faster than counting sheep. I cannot get to sleep without it being pitch black so I’m not sure this would work for me. Having said that, I would be willing to give it ago as I am not the best sleeper at the minute.

Gravity weighted blanket

This blanket is designed for deeper sleep. The product apparently harnesses the power of deep touch stimulation to gently distribute deep pressure across your body, making you sleep better.

Other pieces of smart technology mentioned in the article were:

Anjou essential oil diffuser – for soothing colour

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool – for a cool breeze

Naipo neck massage pillow – for relieving tension

Lumie Vitamin L – for a mood boost

2breathe sleep inducer – for calming down

Spire mindfulness and activity tracker – for breathing exercises

Doom dual-speed sound conditioner – for peace and quiet

Levoit Cora Himalayan salt lamp – for fresh air

I am quite skeptical in some ways about how well these pieces of smart technology would help to reduce stress in the long term. I would be reluctant to pay such a premium price for them unless I knew they were going to have long term positive effects on my mind and mood. I have tried apps like Calm and Headspace before, but I just find that I don’t get a chance to ever listen to them. However the one that I feel I would benefit from the most is the Dyson Pure Hot + Cold for the cool breeze at night. I get so warm at night so I feel that this would help me feel more comfortable when trying to sleep.

Which product would you like to try the most?

Rachel

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