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Chronic Stress

Chronic stress, a major characteristic of our time, can lead to serious health problems and can affect nearly every system of the human body. In some 10-15% of the general population, chronic stress raises blood pressure, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, suppresses the immune system, and increases the vulnerability to psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia. A subject's vulnerability to chronic stress is compensated by "resilience" factors, intrinsic or endogenous mechanisms that support and maintain health. If chronic stress causes more and more problems, supporting the "resilience" mechanisms is key.

What YOU Can Do About It

Basic rules: (1) get enough sleep, (2) control consumption behavior, (3) do regular exercises to meet the "Recommendation for Adults" of the American Heart Association as to moderate-intensity cardio or aerobic exercise — How often do you go for a walk/hike? Do you ride a bicycle? Are you doing sport?

You feel overextended with the daily grind? Have fallen far behind with your paperwork? Are in over your head? Then it may be worth the effort to take the 10-minute test with immediate feedback through the button on the left side. This test is absolutely free and evaluated in a strictly anonymous way by the «Institute for Response-Genetics, University of Zurich (Switzerland)» [data privacy].

Some 10-15% of the general population show insufficient coping skills under chronic stress. Of these, a small proportion will develop somatic, psychosomatic, or psychiatric symptoms. To "objectively" assess stress-related health problems, we have developed a «Bio-Ring» for continuous 24/7 assessments of heart rate variability, blood pressure, physical activity, sleep quality, skin conductance, and body temperature [learn more ... ].

Positive and negative affects —such as happiness, sadness, safety, fear, peacefulness, aggression— have a significant impact on both body and mind. As speaking behavior and voice sound characteristics are influenced by the speaker's affective state, we have developed an App that allows users to monitor their affective states over time through daily 2-minute voice recordings on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone [see our scientific article] [learn more ... ].

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The Windmills of Your Mind
Fig. 1: The windmills of your mind — do you take advantage of the abundant energy resources provided by your environment and peers? Or is your mind filled with the endless circles and demands of the daily grind? Lacking self-confidence? Or the energy to connect with people? Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning, on an ever spinning reel?
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