Monday, October 31, 2011

An App for Stress?

This is the low-tech version of the app.
            Feeling stressed? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that.

If you have an iPhone, a Blackberry or an Android, you can download a new app from MyBrainSolutions called MyCalmBeat that will teach you how to reduce stress by slowing your breathing.

            People who meditate regularly instinctively use a slow breathing technique to help them get into a relaxed state. For those of us who do not meditate regularly, the MyCalmBeat app can help us tune into our bodies. Since I only realize that I’ve reached stress tolerance levels when I’m crying in the ladies’ room at work or guillotine-ing someone’s head with my sharp tongue, I would probably find this helpful.

MyCalmBeat comes with a heart monitor that clips to the user’s ear, and a set of animated how-to-breath-your-way-to-reduced-stress instructions.  Using the app just 3 times a week for 10 minutes each is reported to help the user become master of his breathing, which in turn leads to a reduction in stress. Wouldn’t you love to feel that anxiety, nervous tension, and stress melt away with only the effort it takes to breathe? It sounds wonderful. Maybe someone clever will come up with an app that helps you melt pounds the same way.

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