Ways to measure stress

Monitoring stress at home

Why would anyone want to measure stress? The answer is pretty simple: by knowing your stress level, you can take action to control stress before it controls you. What tools are used to measure stress, you ask? There’s actually a variety of them. Let’s discuss some of the ways to measure stress:

1. Stress assessment tests:

These are interactive tools found on the internet. Stress assessment tests feature a series of questions which are aimed at determining your level of stress. The more advanced stress assessment tests include questions that determine the stressors.

2. Nintendo Wii vitality sensor:

Introduced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Wii’s vitality sensor uses the pulse rate as a measure of stress. To use it, you just slip your fingers inside the sensor and the sensor is then connected to the controller. Through your heart rate and skin conductivity, the information is sent to the console and then displayed on the screen for the player to see. This is one of the more high tech devices used to measure stress and is scheduled for commercial release early next year.

Monitoring stress at home

3. Stress monitor:

To use this stress monitor, you will have to plug the device in the USB port of the computer. The other end is then attached to the finger or earlobe and the computer should be able to determine your stress level. The good thing about this stress monitor is that it prompts you to do a relaxation session if your stress level is in the border line. Also, this stress monitor will allow you to catch stress before you even feel it. For people working in a stressful environment, this is the best tool to monitor stress.

4. Biodots:

These are plastic circles or squares which need to be attached to the skin (preferably on the skin between the index finger and the thumb). It determines your stress level through your skin’s temperature by changing color as your skin warms up or cools down. It is cheap, easy to understand and can be bought for as low as $1. The down side to using it is that it sometimes takes 30 minutes to get a reading of your stress level.

5. Mood card/stress card:

These are plastic cards measuring 1 to 2 inches. It has a chip that changes colors, and just like the biodots, it uses the skin’s temperature to determine your current state. If the chip changes to red/brown, then you are stressed. Green means that your brain is active but you are not stressed yet and blue means that you are relaxed. Just like the biodots, the mood card/stress card takes some time in monitoring your stress level.

6. Stress thermometer:

Just like the others, the stress thermometer measures the skin’s temperature to determine your stress level. If it reads 87 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit, then you are relaxed, below 84 degrees Fahrenheit and you’re nervous or stressed. This device is affordable and is easy to use. Response time is also fast as the reading changes every 2 seconds.

7. Stress Monitor:

Stress Monitor provides all means for continous stress monitoring and alerts on instant stress changes. It helps prevent user from being stressed by giving an early alert before a borderline between harmful and un-harmful stress is crossed. Stress Monitor provides an ability to treat the stress before it can harm the organism and thereby reduces the negative impact on your body.

Using a Stress Relieve Program

Stress Sweeper

If you haven’t been feeling well lately or you know that you’ve been more stressed out than you think, you might want to look into the Stress Sweeper program. By simply attaching a device to your ear and hooking it up to your computer, you can begin to train your body to feel better. The program will show your body responses over time and teaches you to make the necessary changes. By watching and being aware of your stress, you can begin to take steps to slow down and to relax. Sometimes just realizing you are more stressed than is healthy – as the Stress Monitor will show you – is enough to help you learn to breathe in the midst of crazy circumstances.


Stress Monitor

Provides all means for continous stress monitoring and alerts on instant stress changes and an ability to treat the stress before it can harm the organism and thereby reduces the negative impact on your body.

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Stress Sweeper

Easy-to-use personal stress management tool for home and office use. Highest ratings from professionals around the world. Designed for people with high blood pressure, sleep disorders, health cautious individuals.

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