Tangled Metal wrote:Stress is something to n avoid for mental health. Can anyone tell me how to do that?
I don't really feel stress or at least react to it. It is still there and internalises. It shows as IBS flare up which apparently has a high stress factor to it.
To combat the stress I don't actually feel, except in my gut, I'm thinking of getting a newer version of my smart watch tracker. The newer ones use heart rate variability to calculate stress levels. These can me stress on the body through mental or physical stress.
For example a high figure might be work related mental stress or an exercise induced physical stress which can be solved with rest and recuperation. The mental stress could be worked on with breathing exercises which some trackers help you with.
Even if it doesn't work i like gadgets so buying, using and playing around with the stats give me a degree of pleasure so there's some benefit there.
This all tends to increase my degree of belief in the notion that we humans are biological robots, best dealt with via programming. In some ways, we already do so but via perhaps crude methods and techniques, broadly captured by the terms "introspection" and "education". There are even large traditional practices that might be regarded as "control theory for humans" such as: religious rotes & rituals; systems of morality or ethics; and (more lately) psychoanalysis. None of them are very "scientific".
Do the gizmos enable a better introspection and self-control? It seems possible - although personally I distrust the crude measurements and crude conclusions of the current gizmos intended to monitor our physiological-mental churns. We are complex robots and perhaps need a far better set of tools & techniques, designed via far better research into the various connections, signals, states, feedbacks and other stuff generally involved in a mature control theory.
Interestingly, there is some literature that seeks to apply control theory (generally used in complex physical systems such as chemical plants and nuclear submarines) to human behaviours. Control theory concepts, techniques and processes can be applied (after transforming the definitons of the subject matter) to human behaviours of both the micro and the macro kinds.
For example, "Helmsmen and Heroes" by William Gosling (a long-time control theorist and engineer) attempts to apply control theory to an understanding of macro human behaviours such as economics and politics. It's a fascinating read, even if his analogies may not be wholly mappable from classical control theiory to, say, international relations or the behaviour of the stock market.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Helmsmen-Heroe ... B01JXP0L74
Unfortunately, there are plenty of "experts" with a background in pseudo-science bodies of academe (such as psychoanalysis and sociology) all too eager to invent theory to back up the marketing of the sort of personal monitoring gizmos you mention. Their theories might best be described as "post-modern", as in "made-up-stuff".