On Demand Flows: Reset
We all feel overwhelmed and stretched too thin sometimes. Some of us feel that way all of the time, leading to both physical and mental health issues. Chronic stress can negatively affect your body, mind, and brain.
Symptoms of chronic stress include insomnia, headaches, depression, weight gain, aches and pains, anxiety, high blood pressure, memory issues, low energy, concentration impairment, and much more.
It’s bad, and it’s widespread.
The American Institute of Stress reports that 77% of people are dealing with stress that affects their physical health, 73% have stress that impacts their mental health, 48% have difficulty sleeping because of stress, and one-third of people report feeling “extreme stress” on a regular basis.
So if you’re stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed, you’re definitely not alone. Money, work, relationships, responsibilities, health, current events, and virtually everything else is adding to that unease.
And on top of that, the past two years have done nothing to relieve those feelings: the pandemic, political turmoil, armed conflicts, and economic instability are increasing an already large stress load.
The annual Stress in America survey identified the top sources of stress this year to include:
- The increase in cost of living (87%)
- Supply chain issues (81%)
- Global uncertainty (81%)
- The Russian invasion of Ukraine (80%)
- Fear of Russian retaliation (80%)
- The COVID pandemic (78%)
The American Psychological Association recently had this to say:
“We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.”
It’s enough to make even the most resilient among us feel helpless and defeated.
But there are things you can do to lighten your stress load in both the short and long-term. Exercise, healthy lifestyle choices, and a better diet are solutions that consistently deliver positive results in the long run.
And if you want to feel better right now and in the moment?
Try the Nuro App’s On Demand Reset flow.
The Nuro App
Built from the ground up to help train the brain basics, the Nuro App puts decades of battled-tested clinic and performance center exercises in the palm of your hand.
The proprietary Virtual Neural Scan and weekly questionnaires are used to design your custom-made Daily Brain Flow. It’s personalized, proactive, and practical, focusing on what you need to do in order to improve your adaptability, working memory, cognitive flexibility, and long-term memory.
But that’s not all it offers.
Located along the bottom of the screen, the On Demand tab currently provides eight flows for specific scenarios including preparing for sleep, getting in the zone, pain relief…
And taking a timeout to reset.
On Demand: Reset
It’s not a new idea, but it is one that has gained momentum over the past few years.
The timeout. The step-back. The reset.
Many eastern meditative and philosophical practices emphasize the importance of mindfulness, or deliberately bringing our attention to the present moment without judgement or evaluation.
It’s a cornerstone of most branches and types of meditation: slowing down and concentrating on what you’re sensing and feeling in any given moment.
That’s the Reset flow in a nutshell.
What Is It?
It’s a 2-minute timeout that allows you to proactively take control of any situation or feeling that has you anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed.
When things are chaotic and spinning out of control — real or perceived — we can usually regain some measure of authority over things by simply stepping back and focusing on the moment. It removes us from reactive mode and eases us into proactivity.
We are the masters of our moments, and not the other way around. But sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that truth.
Reset does that.
How To Do It?
Things don’t need to be complicated in order to have a big impact, and the Reset flow is a testament to that.
Open the Nuro App > tap the On Demand tab at the bottom > select Reset > follow the on-screen instructions > focus on the now for 2 minutes.
- Hit begin and place your phone down beside you.
- Make sure your volume is turned on for coaching.
- Warning: if you feel dizzy or any pain, stop and take a deep breath.
For 2 minutes, you’ll listen to soothing music and watch gently moving dots and lines. You’ll focus on the moment and how it makes you feel without interpretation or judgement.
What physical, mental, and emotional sensations are you experiencing?
Step back. Slow down. Remove yourself from whatever it is that’s causing you stress for 120 seconds. Appreciate and recognize its impact on you. Breath.
The Reset flow is a passive pause that you can insert into your day at work, at home, or anywhere else. It’s the tiny break we all need but often forget to take. It’s the distance required to better handle obstacles, problems, stress, and life itself.
To see it for what it is, its effect on us, and how to move forward.
So take a deep breath. And begin.