If you tend to get stressed out quite easily there is a
health gadget on the market designed to help calm you down without the
use of medication. The StressEraser is a small device that clips on over one of your fingers. The tool measures your heart rate variations through the pulse in your fingertip. You get a read-out on the display screen.
The line on the screen will show up as uneven and sharp when you are stressed and much more level and steady once you have relaxed. The device basically coaches you into a relaxed breathing pattern using symbols to show you when to take a breath and how your breathing pattern is coming along.
Amazingly, even if you are momentarily diverted from your relaxation efforts the interruption in your brain pattern will show as a break in the line on the display screen. The makers say that the majority of people observe positive results from the first use and that continued use over several months helps users learn to better cope with stress. (See StressEraser)