Is It Possible to Quantify Stress Levels?

Sure, we’re all stressed, and with the holidays approaching, probably more stressed than usual, but if you had to put a number on it, just how stressed are you, on a scale of 1-10? How can you be sure of this number? Is it even possible to objectively measure stress, the same way that a thermometer measures temperature? There are a whole slew of up and coming devices, gadgets and apps out there that are attempting to do just that.

In her article for The New York Times Wired Well blog, Taking the (Often Imprecise) Measure of Stress, Karen Weintraub explores the world of stress-measurability and notes that: “Now, a number of new devices are sold as stress trackers, measuring signs of stress the way fitness tracking devices monitor steps and movement. The gadgets track the biological symptoms of stress — changes in skin perspiration, breathing patterns and heart rate — in hopes of helping people become aware of their stress levels.” So how well do the devices stack up? Read the full article here to find out!

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