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After sporting my WellBe bracelet for just a few days, I quickly discovered my stress levels rise significantly, to what is deemed “concerning,” when I take the subway, am especially hungry, or am trying to meet a deadline for work.
The hunger stress alert did surprise me a bit more, but as someone who puts off eating food until lightheadedness sets in, it probably shouldn’t have. This particular stress trigger was more alarming because I didn’t realize how harmful of a habit it was to scramble for food at the last minute. It also lead me think of those who are always hungry and don’t have the luxury of feeding themselves regularly. It put my stress in perspective: Ordering a late lunch is nothing compared to the constant stress of not knowing where your next meal might come from.
Finally, trying to get my work done before meeting friends or heading into a meeting makes total sense. Working in social media means you’re on 24/7 writing and scheduling new posts. Meeting all my mini-deadlines before rushing off to where I need to be next is an expected stressor and one I am constantly trying to manage.
The actual experience of wearing the bracelet was also interesting. People would ask what it does, as it is noticeable on the wrist but visibly not a fitness tracker. The bracelet itself is not waterproof, which makes charging it while you’re in the shower an easy habit to adopt. Remembering to put it back on your wrist before running out of the door? Not so easy, at least for me. You also have to keep the app open to chart your stress levels, which for a swipe-friendly social media editor who has a strong habit of closing out of every app to conserve phone battery, was tougher than expected.
Another feature (that you can turn off) includes the app alerting you that your stress levels are higher than usual. As you probably can understand, if you’re experiencing a stressful moment and you get a ping that you’re stressed, you have the potential to get even more stressed. It does that, though, because meditation practices, calming playlists, and exercises to help center your thoughts are all built into the app, which I think is a very smart and useful feature. I rarely used them but always meant to.
Now, I know what you’re all wondering. Will you continue to track your stress? And my answer is yes, but not so intensely. Now that I know what my triggers are and what habits I need to work on to keep my stress levels low, focusing on those habits—not my stress—feels like the healthiest way to move forward.
Interested in trying for yourself? The WellBe bracelet is available for $149 at