Mindfulness has been all the rage with CEOs, in the workplace, and in startup scenes, but people of all ages can (and should) benefit from this popular movement. Especially considering the fact that children are facing higher levels of stress at younger and younger ages… which may be taking a significant toll on their health.
Workplace stress is a serious subject. According to a survey from the American Psychological Association, more than one third of American workers experience chronic work stress — and this is costing American businesses billions of dollars a year in lost work hours and medical bills. More importantly, all this worrying at work can have serious consequences for our quality of life — not only at the office, but everywhere else as well. So how do we regain our sanity and take back our lives?
At the beginning of 2013, Apple announced that its customers have downloaded more than 40 billion apps with 20 billion in 2012 alone. These are some staggering figures and show how influential these little super computers in our pockets are to humankind, after all that’s nearly 6 apps for every person alive today (calculated using the ever engrossing World Population Clock).
Here at BioBeats, we’re building our foundations on being ‘device-agnostic’ when it comes to the quantified self – that is, our platforms will be able to pull in data from various sources to give you a greater overall picture of your health and wellness from drawing on numerous data points (so much more than just your heart rate variability).
If you’ve never heard of John Green or his brother Hank Green, they are prolific YouTubers who have created a movement in America called ‘Nerdfighters’ or ‘Nerdfighteria’ which promotes the use and dissemination of education, knowledge and admittedly, being a ‘nerd’ – which isn’t such a bad thing these days.
In my previous post on the cost of stress the number of people behind clinical denominations of stress and anxiety such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, I wrote that even though the scale of the problem is tremendous, and recent studies point to more than 40% of diagnosed patients going untreated, not much has been done to look for epidemiologically-meaningful data behind stress.
My master’s thesis explored the effectiveness of Sensory Integration as an Occupational Therapy intervention. I am particularly interested in the ways that people control their own responses to stress. For example, someone may be described as an “adrenalin junkie” because they enjoy fast-paced activities such as motor-sports or roller-coasters. Personally, roller-coasters have often made me feel uneasy and I never enjoyed the anxiety-provoking wait in the queue. Paradoxically, I’ve always enjoyed go-karting and paint-balling.
It is clear that chronic stress and anxiety have enormous costs, both personal and economic. To address these costs, we need to get better at identifying the signs, symptoms and severity of stress (adaptive to pathologic), helping people understand and manage stress at the individual level, and identifying and actioning new pathways to treatment.