CAN WEARING A SMARTWATCH HELP WITH ANXIETY

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Can wearing a smart watch help with anxiety

I believe the answer is YES.

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I suffered for many years from debilitating panic attacks and anxiety. My anxiety symptoms included giddiness, tunnel vision, shortness of breath, and fear of passing out. The day I decided to try and cure myself from panic attacks, I knew I needed all the tools necessary. One of the tools that aided me in my cure was a smartwatch which can also in my opinion be nicknamed an Anxiety watch. The first smartwatch I purchased and wore daily was an early model Fitbit.

I bought a Fitbit with the idea of improving my already fit lifestyle. At the time everyone seemed to be counting steps. I quickly realized I could use it to monitor my heart rate. When I would get a panic attack or feel off, I would look at my Fitbit and see what was happening with my heart rate. Once I noticed my heart rate was not too low or high, I would relax. I started to use my Fitbit as a tool to help me to relax.

When driving home from work, I would go to my local supermarket. I would pull up to the store, get out of my car, walk in and immediately feel lightheaded. I would panic and feel my adrenalin release. Nine times out of ten, I would have a panic attack. I always worried I would get a panic attack while checking out or when I ran into a friend or acquaintance in the store. Walking around the store, I often felt like I was in a fog or a bright tunnel. I would buy what I needed, checkout, and quickly leave the store. Glancing at my heartrate on my watch helped me to know that I wasn't really going to pass out. The Fitbit helped me understand the lightheaded feeling I was experiencing.

For example, when I was driving, I was calm, my pulse rate was resting. When I parked and exited my car, my heart rate would increase just because I got out of the car and stood up. My heart rate increased when standing and walking. It was a normal body response. My nerves were so sensitive I could feel my heart rate increase and slight head rush upon standing. It was a normal healthy reaction. I didn't know it at the time because my nerves were sensitized and my body was in a heightened state. 

This information was so valuable that I began to use my Fitbit to monitor walking, jogging, and other social activities. Fitbit helped me to relax and better understand what was happening to me during a panic attack. One day I got to work late and decided to jog to the entrance of the building. It was only a distance of about 80 feet. I felt fine. Casually, I glanced down at my Fitbit, and my heart rate displayed at 170 bpm. I started to panic. After work, I went straight to a sporting goods store and purchased a more accurate Pulsar watch with a chest monitor. I decided to reenact this 50-yard light jog the next day while comparing the Fitbit accuracy with a Pulsar watch. I found the Fitbit was not accurate.

I wanted a more accurate smartwatch for stress monitoring. So I decided to purchase an Apple iWatch. My first Apple iWatch a series 3 was more expensive, more accurate, and had a lot more features. It helped me to understand my body, help cure my anxiety and desensitize my nerves. To me, it was worth the extra cost. I started using my iWatch for workouts, monitoring my heart rate, checking my heart for irregular heart rhythm, sleep and also to relax. Being able to store and play calming music was a great help. There are so many apps available to download for meditation, relaxation, breathing, Tai Chi, Yoga and more. A smartwatch has become a valuable relaxation tool for todays busy lifestyle. 

I have not used any stress wearables other than a Fitbit or Apple iWatch. I cannot speak for other smartwatches. I am sure they all have similar uses. I currently wear an Apple iWatch version 6 and love it. I was always a collector of fine analog watches. Now I have a hard time wearing any other watch besides my smartwatch. It has so many beneficial uses.

Wearing one was the beginning of my recovery.


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