Wearable technology and activity monitors have expanded beyond the step counters and runner’s watches that started the trend. Now you can find fitness trackers to track almost any type of activity or exercise. Some of the newest activity trackers actually track very basic things like breathing and stress levels. They can even be used for meditation and to relax. If you are dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety in your life or want to start a meditation practice, these trackers are worth considering.
For this article, we’re taking a look at some of the newest tech in wearables meant to help you de-stress, relax, and feel better. Some are all around fitness trackers with special features perfect for stress tracking and reduction. No matter what features you’re looking for, you should be able to find something for your lifestyle.
Meditation and Stress Trackers
Spire Mindfulness and Activity Tracker
Spire is a clip on wearable that does much more than a regular activity tracker. Clipping onto your belt or bra, Spire measures your breathing and tracks when you’re stressed. If it notices you are tense, it sends a reminder to breathe. If you need more help to relax, the app can lead you through guided breathing exercises or meditations to help you calm down.
In addition to those awesome stress relieving features, it also counts steps and calories burned like most activity trackers. It also has a washer proof design, so you won’t completely fry the Spire if you forget to take it off your clothes before you toss them in the washing machine. While the Spire is missing common fitness tracker features like sleep tracking, it is still a device to consider if you want to help relieve stress and increase mindfulness.
Note: Spire only works with iOS devices and is not compatible with Android phones.
Available colors: gray/silver
Good for: managing stress, guided meditation, reducing anxiety and tension
Tracks: breathing/respiratory patterns, steps, calories
Notable features: wireless charging, 7 day battery, guided meditations and breathing exercises, water resistant
Bellabeat LEAF Activity and Health Tracker
The LEAF tracker is well known for being made specifically for women and also being one of the most fashionable activity trackers on the market. In addition to the usual step and activity tracking, it also monitors your breathing. Using guided breathing exercises, the leaf helps you relieve stress and fall asleep easier. It also tracks your monthly cycle and reproductive health.
Other features include a smart alarm that can wake you in the morning or remind you to take your birth control pill. To make this tracker even better, LEAF is a gorgeous clip on device that looks like a leaf and has the appearance of fine jewelry with wooden housing instead of cheap plastic found on most trackers. Optional accessories are available to wear it as a bracelet or a necklace.
Available colors: blackwood/rose gold, white/silver
Good for: tracking women’s health, managing stress, activity tracking
Tracks: activity, breathing, sleep, period and ovulation, calories burned
Notable features: smart alarm, tracks breathing to relieve stress, sleep tracking, LEAF app, 6 month battery life
Pip Stress Management Bio Sensor
The Pip is very different from other stress trackers. Instead of a wearable technology like a clip, the Pip is a scientific instrument you use to measure and track your body’s stress through electrodermal activity (EDA). The goal is that by tracking and managing your stress, you’ll be happier overall. When you hold the Pip, it uses those EDAs to determine if you’re stressed or relaxed, and then helps you to control any stress.
The companions apps help you visualize your stress levels and guides you to stay mindful and focus. It’s sort of gamifying the art of mindfulness and stress relief, which is helpful for people who have anxiety or trouble focusing during meditation. The app tracks your progress over time and coaches you to improve if the techniques you’re using are not effective. Since it is small and discrete you can use it anywhere to refocus your mind.
Since you do not wear the Pip, it doesn’t track anything beyond stress.
Available colors: black, white
Good for: tracking and managing stress, meditating and being mindful, reducing stress, refocusing your mind
Tracks: EDA and stress/relaxation
Notable features: Companion apps for stress management, scientific monitoring of EDA, compatible with iOS and Android
Muse Brain Sensing Headband and Meditation Assistant
Muse is one of the coolest devices I have ever seen. Focused specifically for meditation and mindfullness, Muse is a headband that measures you brain while you meditate. If you’re looking for a meditation tracker, this is it.
The way Muse works: you put on the headband and also your headphones. Muse monitors your brain activity and plays calming weather sounds. If your mind starts to wonder, the weather intensifies into a storm, bringing your attention back to your breath. It helps guide you through your meditations and also improve and develop your practice over time.
Available colors: black, white
Good for: meditation tracking guided meditations, staying focused, relieving stress
Tracks: mindfullness/focus during meditation
Notable features: set goals, track progress over time, guided meditation, compatible with iOS and Android
Want to get into meditation without paying a lot of money for fancy mindfulness technology? Learn how to meditate in the morning and make a habit of it. Also, check out some books for beginners on meditation and mindfullness.
Is stress and anxiety affecting your ability to sleep? Try some guided meditations for sleep and insomnia. If you want sleep tracking, there are plenty of fitness trackers with sleep monitoring or home sleep monitoring devices you can use to track and improve your sleep quality.