Teens across the USA are feeling high levels of stress that they say negatively affect every aspect of their lives, a new national survey suggests.Stress doesn’t just “happen,” but is a reaction our bodies have to events & things that happen to us. It is important to know that our nervous system controls functions like heart rate, respiration, and digestion that normally occur without our thinking about them.
Findings on more than 1,000 teens and almost 2,000 adults suggest that unhealthy behaviors associated with stress start early and continue through adulthood. Only about 37% of teens surveyed exercise or walk to manage stress; 28% play sports. Many more choose less healthy activities, including playing video games (46%) and spending time online (43%).It also says teens are “potentially setting themselves up for stress-related behaviors such as lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and poor eating habits.”
The same research reports 27% of teens say they experience “extreme stress” during the school year, vs. 13% in the summer. Stressors range from school to friends, work and family. And teens aren’t always using healthy methods to cope, finds the latest Stress in America survey that says that an appropriate amount of stress is what helps us become strong. But what is an appropriate level of stress? Research tells us the more teens understand and manage their stress, the more resilient that they become and the more control they have over their own future.
Using the NeuroSky ECG-based biosensors, design a wearable device which can calculate heart rate and heart rate variability with NeuroSky’s stress algorithm to monitor in a fun and interactive way:attention, focus and well being while learning, exercising, collaborating, working or just enjoying the people around you. The purpose is to provide an enjoyable way for 11-18 year olds to learn the physical state in which they individually focus best and relax best so that it is possible to practice and return to this state as needed for best personal benefit.
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