Mindstretch is not just a stress monitor but offers daily insights that help you manage your health
Long-term monitoring for more resilience
Even if Mindstretch will have teached you to take better care of yourself, it it important to keep on monitoring as 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 in balance
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 interacting/socialising with others, when being focused/concentrated, excited, angry, frustrated, very happy, etc.
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. When adding labels to your high recovery peaks, you will discover which activities make your body & mind relax.
Most recovery happens during sleep. The higher and the more green peaks, the better you will have recovered during 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.
Individual advice is pushed weekly to the smartphone based on the measurement results and taking to account your personality profile. This way, Mindstretch supports and motivates you on an on-going basis to improve your balance by adopting a healthy lifestyle and focusing on actions that offer good recovery.
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 Mindstretch 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.
Start with the Mindstretch app
- Make sure you have a Fitbit device that measures heart rate which is connected to your Fitbit account (on the Fitbit app)
- Download the Mindstretch app on Google Play or App Store
Register yourself in the app and confirm your account via the activation email
- Open the Mindstretch app, log-in, select the Fitbit device and log-in again on the Fitbit app to link both apps.
First month = free testing.