This session was a personal highlight for me and opened with a story of a man in his early 30’s who had a heart attack and flatlined. After being brought back to life by medical staff, the quest to find how this could happen to a young healthy man began. The results kept me jaw dropped throughout this talk.
As many of us have done before, we override our natural signals for self-care to get our work done. We ignore messages that tell us we are hungry, thirsty or tired. Beyond certain level of stress, an individual will stop feeling and simply not now how to answer questions like “How are you doing?” When the team studied the long term effects of this on the brain, they found that the brain patterns were similar to the brain of an autistic person. Alexithiama - inability to classify emotion forgetting hunger, thirst My take away, we are making ourselves autistic by continuing this behavior.
The team also found that prolonged rumination showed links to cardiovascular disease. The example given was waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about work and getting up to rewrite that email. Too many of us have done this and there is data to show how unhealthy this continued behavior can be.
Source: The Association between Work-Related Rumination and Heart Rate Variability: A Field Study, Fontiers Media
The good news is we can change our patterns once we understand them. With the BioBeats wearable, the app tracks heart rate, mood, brain function, sleep patterns, activity and creating habit. The results help you build a baseline and find out where you stress comes from.
BioBeats also offers BioBase which is an 8 week course coaching you on how to better understand your results, as well as how to cope with and reduce stress.
Data: BioBeats data is anonymized and aggregated into groups of 50 people.