Measuring stress - existing tools

Stress Monitors

Make a search on the internet for the term “stress” and you will see how many people are talking about it. With the global economic recession in our midst, the study of stress has become even more important. With stress affecting all major systems in the body, the lack of stress management skills has a huge impact on health and well being.

According to many medical experts, the key to fighting stress is understanding it. You need to recognize its symptoms so you can take action to control it before it controls you. Physiological responses are the easiest to spot. If your heart rate and blood pressure has increased, you palms are sweaty and your pulse rate is racing, then you’re probably experiencing stress. For most people, spotting the first signs of stress is difficult, especially when they are so engaged with the stressor. Hence, stress monitoring tools have become important in aiding stress management.

Through these tools, you can measure stress real time. Now you catch stress at its earliest, even when you haven’t felt it yet! Here are the existing tools used to measure stress:

Measuring stress

1. Stress assessment tests:

Have you ever taken an IQ test online? If yes, then you probably know what a stress assessment test is. It has a series of 10 to 15 questions which were designed to identify your current level of stress. Some of the most popular stress assessment tests were devised by Mayo Clinic, MSN and AOL. These tests are interactive tools and are available to anyone who wishes to use them.

2. Clarion Audit Management System:

If you are running a company and you wish to know the stress level of your employees and whether it is affecting their work, Clarion’s Audit Management System can help you. With their system, a company can now design its own questionnaire incorporating questions that will help determine the source of stress as well as the perceived most effective solutions. It works a lot like the stress assessment tests but the difference is that the Clarion Audit Management System was designed for managers. It comes complete with the reporting and analysis tools so that the manager can easily get the results they need.

3. Biodots:

These are relatively cheap and can be purchased almost anywhere online. These are plastic squares or circles which changes its color as the temperature warms up or cools down. To use it, you just have to peel off a piece and stick it to your skin (preferably in the skin between the thumb and index finger). Each color represents a state – red/brown is indicates that you are stressed, green/blue for the relaxed.

4. Stress meter/mirror:

This is a glass tube which is stapled to a small card with one end sticking out. To use it, you’ll have to tape it to your finger or hold between your fingertips and it will give a reading of your temperature. An manual is included with the package so you can interpret your temperature easily. The down side to using this kind of stress monitor is that it is easy to break.

5. Stress Monitor:

Stress Monitor from Health Reviser provides real-time stress monitoring capabilitites that allows individuals to capture their personal critical stress zones. Health Reviser package contains a device that is used to poopulate data from the body. The system was designed primarily for customer support, brokers and other people with high stress risks. However, it can be used by anybody. It monitores users in real-time, notifies of coming stress and provides stress managing teaching technique for fast stress relief. This tool requires computer running Windows operating system.

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.

 

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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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