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Description

Discover what scientists who work on human stress know about how to deal with their stress.

Researchers at the Center for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS) (http://www.humanstress.ca/) study the stress we experience daily and its impact on our health.
Everyday stressors are characterised by four elements: low sense of control, unpredictability, novelty and ego threats. The moment the brain perceives one of these elements in the environment, it sends a stress response asking for the release of a specific hormone called cortisol. Once released, cortisol eventually reaches the brain and latches itself onto the parts of the brain in charge of emotions and memory. Everybody experiences stress; stress is an adaptive response despite its sometimes embarrassing manifestations (fast heart rate, voice shaking, sweating, etc.). The danger of stress lies in its repetition, what we call chronic stress, because the cortisol produced eventually damages the parts of the brain in charge of emotions and memory and puts us at risk for physical and mental illnesses. We can gauge our level of stress when it occurs, but then, as the day goes on, we tend to forget about it making the identification of chronic stressors almost impossible. iSMART will ask you to enter your level of stress periodically (ideally every hour during your daily activities) on a scale ranging from 1-not at all to 10-extremelly and will keep a detailed log of all your entries.

Use scientifically-proven techniques to lower your reaction to stress
When your stress will be too high, iSMART will suggest watching short videos describing proven techniques to help reduce your manifestations of stress. These techniques have been proven effective by science in reducing levels of cortisol and in decreasing manifestations of stress.

Identify your chronic stressors
iSMART will warn you the moment it detects a repetition of stress responses that places you at risk for chronic stress and will then ask you to describe what you're currently experiencing to help you identify your chronic stressor.

Neutralize your chronic stressors with the help of scientifically proved strategies
Once a chronic stressor has been identified, iSMART will suggest strategies to help you deconstruct and neutralize the stressor. These strategies have been proven effective by researchers at the Centre for the Studies of Human Stress. They are also commonly used in the context of other chronic stress prevention programmes that evaluate their benefits for children, adolescents, workers and even elderly adults.

iSMART, a scientifically sound mobile application
iSMART was tested with 70 workers over a one month period. Participants had to enter their level of stress every hour and follow the application's advice. In addition to participants' overall satisfaction with using the app, questionnaire results and cortisol measurements show that iSMART helped people experiencing the most stress. These results make iSMART the first mobile app backed by science.

Ratings and Reviews

1.6 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings
Picotipicota ,

Belle app... pendant 3 semaines.

Une appli intéressante qui s’avérait prometteuse pour moi. Hélas, il est maintenant impossible de l’ouvrir malgré plusieurs tentatives et aucun soutien technique ne semble disponible quelque part. Et si on la réinstalle, on perd nos précieuses données... Bref, c’est plus stressant qu’autre chose (un comble pour une app anti-stress!) :(

Picotipicota ,

Belle app... pendant 3 semaines.

Une appli intéressante qui s’avérait prometteuse pour moi. Hélas, il est maintenant impossible de l’ouvrir malgré plusieurs tentatives et aucun soutien technique ne semble disponible quelque part. Et si on la réinstalle, on perd nos précieuses données... Bref, c’est plus stressant qu’autre chose (un comble pour une app anti-stress!) :(

Ewilanlp ,

The app won't open

Recently the app started crashing when i try to open it, i dont have access to it anymore...

Information

Seller
Fondation de l'Institut Universitaire en Sante Mentale de Montreal
Size
15.6 MB
Category
Health & Fitness
Compatibility

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Languages

English, French

Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Copyright
© 2013, Sonia Lupien & Pierrich Plusquellec
Price
Free

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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