Marilyn Ferguson, an American author, observed that problems can be experienced as ‘a chance for renewal’ rather than ‘stress’. Starting from school days throughout my work experience as a professional, I have always felt that stressed situations were not always under my control. I have seen people succumb to work pressures — clashing with colleagues, challenging their bosses, leaving their jobs or changing their profession altogether. It is all well said by Marilyn, but can one always look upon problems as chances for renewal? Stresses do occur inevitably and so does the need to manage. This particular problem has always intrigued me and in fact, led me to choose it as a topic of study for my master’s.
Occupational stress is experienced by almost everyone, from doctors who have to make quick decisions in operation theaters or engineers who have to solve complex problems in quick succession. At times it feels like a part of one’s life, but is it really? Sadhguru, an Indian mystic says “Stress is the inability to manage your own thoughts and emotions. Anything around us is a tool, use it to enhance your own ability and help yourself through the process of self-discovery”. It is an important message which we tend to neglect in our fast-paced life. It is easy to miss out on things which are extremely obvious. Obviously, we are talking about cognition and thus mental stress. How can it be resolved? Is there any effective way to solve the mystery which is beyond self-diagnosis and remedy?
The goal of this project was established the moment I asked myself those questions. It was crutial to create a digital product, which diagnoses stress and alerts the user. But it won’t stop there, it will suggest effective ways to find the clue which has been hiding in the hindsight by empowering users and making them aware of it.