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Experimenting with Oura Ring data

Once you read the label “stressed”, what can you do about it?

That’s an important question for anyone who is tracking their health data. It might be that you see a poor sleep score, a low readiness score, or your body in the “stressed” zone more than you’d like. How do you prevent the data itself from feeling stressful? What if it causes you to worry more about how stressful work is, with no end in sight, or about those multiple wake-ups happening from anxiety, overwhelm, or bad dreams?

As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, my work is about trauma resolution in the nervous system. That means using tools that can help someone regulate their nervous system, which often correlates to feeling more calm, relaxed, creative, and joy.

It also means working with the underlying patterns in the nervous system that can cause big reactions, emotions, and a slew of unpleasant symptoms. It’s a process that can help change the pattern that may cause anxiety if you think someone is unhappy with your work, or overwhelm every time you think of a certain event coming up.

That’s where the data becomes interesting as well. By the time your data says you’re in the “stressed” zone, there is already an impact on your body. So, how do we work with the nervous system to reduce the number of times it hits “stressed” to begin with? How do we improve the sleep and readiness scores? These are things I work with in SE sessions, and have been curious to track with data as well.

In SE sessions, I work with clients to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses, and provide tools to help resolve these fixated physiological states. We can work with something challenging that happened in the past and is still impacting you today, or a symptom, thought, or experience showing up in your daily life lately.

Trauma can be defined as anything that feels like ‘too much’ or ‘too soon’. This means sometimes the moments that the nervous system needs to work through are different than what the brain might first come up with.

After sessions I’ve had clients report higher sleep scores that night, a better readiness score then next day, and hitting more “restorative” time in their stress chart.

This change may be because we help the nervous system reach a regulated state, which some refer to as ‘rest and digest’. It could be because we discharge some of the underlying energy that comes from being “stuck” in fight, flight or freeze. It can also be from a person feeling like they have the tools to prevent their system from hitting as many high stress “peaks” during the day, which can mean more energy during the day, a higher HRV, and feeling less wired or over-exhausted before bed.

This is just an introduction- more to come on how we can integrate SE and this amazing data!

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