Wearable Stress Notifications to Fight Procrastination

I hit snooze for a record ten times. It just felt so good. I was only going to hit it once. I planned to work out, but I went with an hour of intermittent alarm shushing under my cozy covers.

We all have our infamous escape tactics

  • Snooze button
  • Social media
  • Drinking 

We use them to delay the inevitable or regret the unaccomplished. We think the escape means stress reduction, but the avoidance kills productivity and worsens stress. 

According to the American Psychological Association's annual stress report, while stress has decreased in America since 2007, American’s face harmful levels of stress due to inappropriate regulation techniques.

While we lack the right habits, we can use the insight of current habits to form better ones.  

Identifying Sabotaging Behaviors

Wearable stress notifications are an easy option to build awareness of stress and track progress overtime. Using wearable devices the Mindset app sends stress notifications to your phone followed by a toolbox of mind balancing techniques. The app lets users know stress levels are rising, so you can alter your state before it alters you.

What to do

Start training better habits with some stress regulation exercises. To redirect behavior you can slow the volume of thoughts, to focus on more rational thoughts.

So you feel something's off?

  1. Stop. 
    Stress notifications can prompt early awareness.  Stop what you are doing and notice any thoughts feelings, or uncomfortable behaviors. 

  2. Breathe. 
    Let the fears, doubts, and pressure wipe away with a slow and easy deep breath. You can inhale for 4 seconds pause, and exhale for 6 or breath at your own pace. The most effective method is practicing about 2-20 minutes of meditation.

    Check out a few of Mindset's meditations on Youtube.  

  3. GO.
    Release your breath and go. Find a perspective that will lead you to better outcomes. Keeping your goal in mind use the cognitive distortions exercise to help you sort through unwanted thoughts. Remember your goal, and focus on the easiest thing it takes to accomplish it.   

Routine stress regulation can develop better habits to accomplishing goals and help you procrastinate less. Continue to develop new insights into better stress regulation and remember to be patient with your progress. 

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Cara Jacobsen is the Director of Clinical Operations for DataDog Health developing Mindset, a biomedical app that manages and measures physiology and mental state toward personalized stress regulation. She has a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from St. Louis University 

 

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