My Friday Favourite this week is Welltory – Manage Your Stress and Energy.
What is it?
Welltory is an app that measures your stress and energy levels via your Smartphone.
How can it help me?
How would you rate your stress levels?
What about your energy levels? Are you firing on all cylinders or do you feel sluggish?
As human beings, we sometimes ignore stress and dangerously high-levels can creep up on us unaware.
If you often wake up tired, or work too much and don’t rest enough, Welltory can help you highlight where you need to change things.
Peter Drucker famously said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”.
Welltory is an app that uses your smartphone camera to measure your heart-rate variability (HRV). This is not your heart rate. HRV is a method of measuring stress and energy levels that has been used in healthcare and professional sports for many decades, now.
I’ve been using Welltory every day (typically a few times every day) for a few months now. It is an early warning indicator to me of when my stress levels are getting too high, or my energy levels too low (or usually, both combined). I can then adjust by easing off the accelerator and taking things easier.
Welltory also allows you to take before and after measurements, so you can see the effects of certain activities on your energy and stress.
I’m a big proponent of meditation. I use the app, Headspace – Meditation and Mindfulness Made Simple. Using Welltory to take a measurement of my stress and energy levels before and after meditation, proves what I suspected was true — meditation is very good for you!
I’ve also used Welltory to measure the effect of certain food types on my physiology. To no surprise, alcohol and sugar do nothing for my energy or stress levels.
Welltory also connects with a host of other wellbeing-focused apps. I have Welltory connected to:-
- FitBit — to see how exercise and sleep affect my stress levels
- FooBot – to measure how my Home Air Quality impacts me
- Dark Sky – to track how the weather affects my energy levels
All of these measurements help you to understand how you can improve your energy levels, and decrease your stress levels.
How much does it cost?
Welltory is free to use.
A Welltory premium service, with lots of additional features, costs $13 per month or $79 annually.
How can I get it?
You can download Welltory for Android or iOS devices from the Welltory web-site.