The effect of Stress
Stress can have a huge impact on our overall wellbeing, and left unchecked, it can lead to burnout and other health issues. That’s why it’s important to monitor and manage our work environments, and technology can help us do that in a non-invasive and effective way.
How do we measure it non-invasively?
One method that has gained popularity in recent years is rPPG, or remote photoplethysmography. This technology uses a webcam or smartphone camera to measure changes in blood flow and heart rate. By looking at changes in the colour and intensity of the blood vessels in the face, rPPG software can provide an accurate measure of stress levels. This method is particularly useful because it’s non-invasive
Heart rate variability (HRV) is a measure of the time interval between consecutive heartbeats. It is often used as a measurement [of stress] because the autonomic nervous system (ANS) tends to suppress HRV during times of psychological stress.
Why is this useful for wellness programmes?
RPPG technology can also be used as part of a wellness programme to help individuals manage and prevent stress. By providing regular feedback on stress levels, rPPG software can help individuals identify patterns and triggers, and develop strategies for managing stress.
For example, if an individual notices that their stress levels spike during a certain time of day or in response to a specific trigger, they can take steps to avoid that stimulant. This can include things like setting aside time for relaxation or meditation, taking regular breaks from work, or engaging in physical activity.
Over time, regular use of rPPG technology can help individuals develop a better understanding of their stress levels and how to manage them, leading to improved wellbeing and a reduced risk of burnout.
In conclusion, this method [rPPG] offers a non-invasive and effective way to measure and manage stress levels. By providing regular feedback helping individuals identify patterns and triggers, becoming an important tool in preventing burnout and promoting overall wellness.