Stressed? There’s an App for That

Are you stressed? Hey, did you know there’s an app for that? Seriously, and it uses your voice patterns while you’re talking on the phone to determine your level of stress. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta and WebMD creator Jeff Arnold are backing the “Sharecare” app that launched late last year.

According to the Sharecare website, “Users simply talk on their Android phone as usual – while, in the background, the app automatically monitors spectral data alternations in the user’s voice, identifying fractal patterns. Based on these patterns, the technology can determine the user’s mindset and stress type – like worry or irritation.”

This is a fantastic idea and a brilliant innovation. Even more, it’s actually an app that every single one of us needs in our lives because let’s face it, America is stressed out. Based on the annual American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey, Americans are teetering on the brink with stress levels more than 30% higher than expected healthy levels.

If you’re like me, there seems to be more and more pressure every day for us to be able to do it all. Whether it’s at work, school, relationships or home, the question constantly seems to be how can we get it all done without overwhelming ourselves? As a counselor, the important part of that question is “without overwhelming ourselves”. Sure, we can work ourselves into the ground or worry about every little detail and event in our lives, but at what cost.

The key is balance, and this is something that we strive to obtain for all of our clients. With balance, you are in a much better situation to maintain and control your stress. But it’s certainly not as easy as it sounds. Sharecare’s are only a tool, but you still have to do the work. And that’s where the counselors and therapists at The Life Change Group are charged with achieving.