There never seems to be enough hours in the day for my liking but I believe we all need to take some precious time out for ourselves each day.
A few months ago I wrote about managing stress using the PIP stress management device and I have been using this nifty little device regularly since then.
What is PIP?
The PIP is a small device that you hold between your thumb and forefinger that helps you track your stress using biosensors that measure electrodermal activity (EDA), the electrical changes at the surface of the skin to provide a robust, scientifically established indicator of stress response.
How does it work?
The PIP works alongside apps that you can download onto your smartphone or tablet (Android and iOS) and connects via Bluetooth to send the data collected back to said smartphone or tablet.
I downloaded the Stress tracker onto my iPhone as well as two games: Relax and Race and The Loom.
The stress tracker analyses your stress levels and shows them to you in easy to read graph form. It enables you to try and pinpoint what time of day is the most stressful and with time help you how to better to understand and ease this.
Relax and Race
As the title suggests this game is a race between dragons – but one with a difference. The PIP will track your stress levels to determine how fast you should go. I found this concept hard to get my head around to begin with as I am so used to competing when playing games and this apparently increases your stress levels! After a few turns though I started to take in the surroundings of the game and breathed at a slow and even pace and this really helped me relax.
Music and imagery change from a snowy setting to a warm one where the tree and flowers bloom as you de-stress and music changes along with the settings. This is my favourite game out of the two as I find I can genuinely feel quite calm watching the scenery change.
I really liked this little device and it works really well for me. I tried the stress tracker at different points during the day. The readings differed significantly whilst I was on my laptop (I was checking emails using my available hand!) compared to when I used it at the end of the day when I’d put the boys to bed and allowed myself to “relax” for the evening.
I’ve gotten into a little routine with using this most evenings and it’s really nice to have this time to just take 5-10 mins just to “de-stress” and focus on winding down and taking some deep breaths to relax. I’ve noticed that as a result, I’ve been much less shouty with the boys which can only be a good thing.
The device is nice and compact and comes in a very handy pouch that would fit nicely into your handbag so that you could use it on the go if you so wish.
The PIP is available to buy from their online store and retails at £145.
NOTE: I was sent the PIP management device in exchange for this review. All opinions and words are my own.