We all know that Fitbit smartwatches track your daily physical activity, but they can now help you track your stress levels too. Fitbit recently announced the introduction of Fitbit Sense stress management tracking for Fitbit Versa 3, Versa 2, Luxe, Charge 4 and Inspire 2.
These Fitbit devices now calculate a daily stress management score based on a variety of factors, including your heart rate, physical activity, and sleep data. The Fitbit Sense also tracks electrodermal activity (EDA) to look for “fight or flight” responses.
Anyone using any of the supported Fitbit devices can check their daily stress score on the Dashboard page of the Fitbit app. The score ranges from 1 to 100 – but note that the number is not a measure of how “stressed” you are per se. Rather, a higher score means that you are doing more to relieve your daily stress – e. B. getting enough (but not too much) daily physical activity, getting enough sleep every night, and using top-notch mindfulness exercises from Fitbit.
Free users see their daily totals, while Fitbit Premium subscribers get a more detailed breakdown of the criteria being tracked, which shows you whether you need more sleep or need to increase your time at the gym to get these stress-reducing hormones pumping.
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A perfect score doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t feel stressed or anxious. It simply means that your body is showing fewer signs of physical stress, and therefore fewer stress-inducing reactions occur.
However, the Fitbit app’s stress management menu also has a check-in option that allows you to take some notes on how you felt that day. How to use it:
- In the Fitbit app, tap “Coping with stress.”
- Scroll down and tap “How do you feel?” under the Reflections section.
- Choose the mood that best suits your day.
- Tap “Log reflection” to save your selection.
These check-ins are optional and will not be included in your daily stress management score. There are only five options – from very stressed to very calm – so there is not much room for differentiated feedback. However, recording your feelings helps correlate your subjective experience with the data your Fitbit is collecting. Hopefully, with all of this information on hand, you will find peace of mind, rather than just excitement, as you try playing a different app to improve your results.