What You Need to Know About Digital Detox

“Detoxing” from digital devices is known to help focus on real-life social interactions without distractions and relieve stress that stems from constant connectivity. There are signs you might need a digital detox

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This simple Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) technique can help you slow down when you are stressed by focussing on the muscles of your body. Learn how to do it here

Why Laughter is the Best Medicine

The calming Parasympathetic Nervous System counteracts the stress Sympathetic Nervous System resulting in many health benefits

General Wellness - Find a Healthier You!

To become healthier, address the physical aspects of wellness as well as emotional, social, spiritual, environmental and intellectual aspects of your life.

Diabetes and Stress

Diabetes is one of the chronic illnesses included in the metabolic syndrome complex that relate to stress

What You Need to Know About Sleep

There are many factors that may contribute to your sleep pattern and similarly there are many things you can do to improve your sleep pattern.

Biological, Psychological and Social Effects of Stress

Chronic stress has a definite and high impact on our health. We have to recognize the extent to which chronic stress might be killing us slowly

What You Need to Know About Hypertension & Stress

When you are stressed and scared, your adrenal glands pump adrenaline into your blood, and your heart speeds up. Medical science has established a close link between lower HRV and high blood pressure

Pregnancy, Maternal Stress and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback Training

An easily learned stress reduction technique which can improve well-being is slow paced breathing using Heart Rate Variability (HRV) paced breathing biofeedback.

Yoga, Meditation and HRV

The practice of yoga involves physical motion exercises, breathing exercises and meditation that lead to a relaxed and calm state. This relaxation can be measured with a noninvasive technique called HRV.

Common Stressors & Their Health Effects

Your body reacts to stress by signaling the “fight or flight” response. It is important to identify your stressors and understand your reaction to them.

Heart Rate Variability vs. Stress & Anxiety

It is known that Heart Rate Variability is reduced in stressed, anxious or depressed people who are otherwise physically healthy.

The Science: Personal Best Relaxation Breathing Rate with Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRV)

Relaxation breathing exercises are important in daily life. We suggest using the iChoice Relax breathing coach for your daily practice

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress

Stress can be either positive or negative. In either case, you can learn to manage stress so that you can be in control.

Stress is Everywhere: How to Manage Your Stress

Even though we may not be able to eliminate stress, we can find a way to calm our body back to a place of safety and health.

Beyond SpO2 and PR (HRV and ECG)

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Covid-19 pandemic created awareness of the Fingertip Pulse Oximeter to monitor our SpO2 (saturated oxygen) and PR (pulse rate).  While its important to measure our SpO2 during this pandemic, SpO2 measurements should go beyond Covid 19 pandemic period.  All our body organs require sufficient oxygen to function properly (Covid 19 or not).  Beside SpO2 and PR, there are other health measurements that we should be awaren of  like Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Electrocardiogram (ECG). 

Take a moment to view the video below to learn about HRV and ECG.

Stress and its correlation with HRV

Stress is an inevitable part of life. While moderate stress is good as it spurs us to take positive actions, excessive and persistent stress is bad for our health. The on going Covid 19 pandemic only exacerbates our Stress. To manage our stress, we need a way to quantify it.  Because what gets measured can then be managed.  Studies have shown that our HRV (Heart Rate Variability) has a correlation with our stress level.  Hence by measuring our HRV, we can also quantify our stress level and hence take appropriate action to calm our ourselves. Take a moment to view the video below to learn about HRV and stress.

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In our previous posts, we introduced Heart Rate Variability or HRV in short and why monitoring it is important to our health. For one, our HRV has a correlation with our stress level.  Hence HRV can help us quantify our stress level and thereby taking appropriate actions to destress ourselves. Takea moment to view the video below to learn more about What is HRV?


Autonomic Nervous System and Stress

Our body’s autonomic nervous systems controls how we react to stressful stimulus.  Under stress, we typically adopt a “Fight” or “Flight”  reaction controlled by our “sympathetic”  nervous system.   The “sympathetic” nervous system together  with the “parasympathetic” nervous system form our body’s Autonomic Nervous System or ANS. How we react to stress depends on our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Take a moment to view the video below to learn about ANS and how it controls how we respond to stress.


HRV Biofeedback Introduction

Our Heart Rate Variability (HRV) has a correlation with our stress level.  The higher our stress the lower our HRV is. By measuring our HRV, we can use it as a biofeedback to our body’s Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) to help us manage our stress level. Take a moment to view the video below to learn about HRV Biofeedback.

HRV biofeedback assisted breathing for relaxation

Everyone of us has an optimal RELAXATION BREATHING rate.  Simply breathing deeply and slowly at a random rate is not efficacious in reducing stress and increasing the positive outcomes of meditation. Your breathing rate needs to place you in your calm zone. Take a moment to view the video below to learn about HRV biofeedback Breathing Technique to guide you into your calm zone.

ChoiceMMed OX200 HRV Sensor and the iChoiceRelax Apps

In our previous postings, we have introduced HRV (Heart Rate Variability) and its correlation with our stress level. When we are stressed, our HRV decreases. Prolonged stress is not healthy. By measuring our HRV we can then use it as a biofeedback to help manage our stress. Invest in a ChoiceMMed HRV sensor that comes with the complimentary iChoiceRelax Apps and manage your stress better. Why the ChoiceMMed HRV sensor?  Take a moment to view the video below to find the answer.  Order the ChoiceMMed HRV sensor today at a promotional price of $98 (normal price $118)

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