If you are stressed out at work, skip the coffee or the walk around the block to calm your nerves. Instead, just stay at your desk where there are some high-tech ways to monitor and control your stress levels. Two such devices are Tinké by Zensorium and Inner Balance by HeartMath.
The palm-size Tinké, which will run you $100, monitors your cardiorespiratory health by using an iPhone or iPad. After downloading the mobile app, just put your thumb on the sensor, and the app will display your heart rate, blood oxygen level, respiration rate, and heart rate. The app then compiles the data into a shareable fitness score called a Vita Index.
Inner Balance is a $99 kit that includes an app for the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch and a sensor that you attach to your earlobe. With this you have to perform a guided breathing exercises while thinking about a positive moment. It will then give you a score that measures your heart rate stability.
According to Inc.’s John Brandon, who tested out the devices, said they both helped him. By monitoring his stress levels he found ways to lower them. “But both products helped me control my stress levels without doing much more than breathing… I still spend most of the day at my desk, but now I’m much more relaxed,” he wrote.
But if you don’t want t buy a separate device, there are apps you can download that will also help you distress at the desk. The Breath2Relax app is free and features a video on relaxing breathing techniques. Another, Breathe and Relax, which coast 99 cents, offers a series of breathing exercised. According to USA Today, “The app can set reminders to cue you to keep mindful throughout the day (Are you breathing? Are you holding your breath? Take a deep breath, and so on).”