BioRICS Mindstretch helps you to manage your own health over time by taking better care of your body
Long-term monitoring for a balanced life
Even if you have a good variation between orange and green days, it it important to keep on monitoring because some periods in life are more intense than others. This will boost your resilience and prepare you for more difficult moments in the future.
Your life under control
The daily mental graph
Orange peaks: this is the energy used by your brain for mental tasks. Higher energy peaks occur when you are under time pressure, feeling stressed, when being strongly focused/concentrated on a specific task but also when you are very excited (a positive emotion), angry or frustrated (negative emotions).
Green peaks are these moments of the day that give you recovery. These can be moments of relaxation but can also appear when you are working quietly without time pressure or worries on your mind.
Most recovery happens during sleep. The higher and the more green peaks are shown in your graph, the better you will have recovered during the night.
Daily mental balance score
The daily mental balance score on your smartphone shows the recovery percentage for the measured period. The higher this score, the more recovery you have. This figure changes over the day as the data build-up. At the end of the day, the final day score is displayed in %. This score is also shown in the monthly overview through a green or orange bullet.
This screen shows the mental balance score for the days of the month. Ideally, there should be a variation of orange and green days . If weekdays are very busy or intense, it is important to relax well during the weekend and have ‘green’ days. Regaining energy is something that should not be neglected and keeping the mental balance right is a matter of continuous attention.
Access to coaches
A little guidance or some professional support can do wonders. Via this screen, you can start a conversation with a dedicated coach who has exerperience in interpreting the BioRICS Mindstretch graphs. Soon, the BioRICS plaform will be accessible for specific “preferred” coaches and caregivers who will be able to push advice to their coachees in a private and well-protected environment.
Insights that lead to action: some examples
Example 1: each time Tom had a heavy meal in the evening accompanied with some glasses of wine, he noticed that this was reflected by orange peaks in his Mindstretch app graph in the first hours of the night. The metabolic system indeed consumes energy to process food & alcohol, as a result of which the night’s recovery is postponed. After noticing the negative effect on his sleep quality, Tom stopped having large meals and alcohol late in the evening.
Example 2: Caroline was always so busy at the office that every evening, she had to rush off to get the kids from school in time, feeling highly nervous in traffic. The next morning started with losing time to clear up the mess left on her desk from the previous day. As the BioRICS Mindstretch app reflected these feelings of time pressure, stress and frustration, she decided to organise herself in a different way, taking-up less tasks in one day, finishing them before going home and taking time to prepare herself for the next morning. This resulted in a clear and peaceful mind with less mental energy use for the same tasks.
The metabolic energy use
When mental tasks take away metabolic energy from a healthy person, compensation takes place via mental recovery periods. When however, there is an imbalance between energy use (i.e. due to chronic stress or continuous mental load) and energy production during recovery, the body consumes an excess of energy.
In such situations like i.e. a work/life out-of-balance situation, the body is in shortage of metabolic energy production. Long before the symptoms of disease, depression or burn-out appear, the body has been weakened and the immune system put under pressure due to a lack of recovery from the flow of stressful situations (distress) experienced by the person.
Did you know …
- Time pressure always causes high energy use. Not overloading your daily schedule will have an immediate positive effect on your daily balance score.
- Watching TV is not so relaxing as you would think because it requires concentration from the brains. Listening to music might be a better idea to unwind in the evening. The more relaxed you are before going to bed, the faster you will start to recover at night.
- Allowing time for yourself, also during the week, will create a feeling of happiness and peace and help you to regain energy.
- Physical activity also takes away energy. Therefore, don’t do any intense sports when feeling tired or mentally weak. Try to catch enough sleep as this will be your main energy-provider.
- Do not be surprised if socialising with friends or taking alcohol is giving you orange peaks. Alhough these activities can be fun, they require energy from body and mind.
- The quality of your sleep has a high influence on the energy you need for the day. After a good night’s sleep, your daily tasks will demand less energy.