The Moodmetric measurement only compares to yourself

The Moodmetric measurement only compares to yourself

You are an individual. So is your physiology. You might not be a mainstreamer when looking at your physiology or psychological features. This is why the Moodmetric measurement has been developed so that the measurement only compares to yourself.

Statistics refers to a range of techniques and procedures for making decisions based on data. They are important for instance when making predictions on public health. When talking about individual load and recovery, statistics might not lead to right conclusions. The Moodmetric measurement is not based on statistical data, only the reactions of your body count.

Reference data does not always give the answers

Reference data means statistics that is compiled over a large population and that is used to analyse a single value. Measurement result of one person is just a number. Its frequency and quality is evaluated based on how many matching values are found in the reference data. For instance, a man 165 cm tall might be considered short or tall depending whether he is compared against Norwegian or Korean men.

Height and weight are simple units, still also there can easily be interpretation errors. E.g. a body builder might be incorrectly classified as over-weight when just looking at the number on the weight scale.

Applying reference data has even bigger challenges when measuring a larger and less tangible matter. When studying load and recovery of an individual, might generalizations fit a person poorly. For instance, individual limits for heart rate can’t be determined just based on age. Someone might recover after hard training by jogging. For someone else this does not work, but recovery happens by listening to music. A person is not an average.

The Moodmetric measurement compares your result to your own limit values

The Moodmetric measurement result is not compared to reference data. This means that you are not asked for your age, gender or exercising habits and to use those to choose a suitable reference group. Your data is not compared to any value X that is assumed to be a reasonable average for you.

The Moodmetric measurement is built up differently. At first the measurement looks for the maximum and minimum reaction of the person and sets these as limit values. After this, the measured values are continuously compared to these limits.

High levels compared to own normal signify mental load, low levels recovery. The Moodmetric data tells about the balance between load and recovery just for you, and the measurement only compares to yourself.

The Moodmetric measurement data is completely individual and thus very motivating. It helps in making better decisions for your own well-being instead of comparing yourself to others.

Read more about the Moodmetric measurement accuracy and scientific background.

Measuring in real time motivates to pay attention to mental load every day

A Moodmetric blog post: Measuring stress levels in real time motivates to pay attention to mental load every day

Feedback plays a big role when we want to focus on our well-being. Measuring in real time shows our stressors and things that help us recover without a delay.

There are reports in media daily about work and study-related stress, burnouts and the increase of mental load, especially among knowledge workers. The focus is on what to do when stress has already become chronic. The act of balancing between mental load and recovery is yet to become an everyday task.

There are tools for companies and occupational health to gather objective, real-time data about an individual’s cognitive and emotional stress. They comprise an efficient method for preventing the build-up of stress when applied before the load gets too high.

The tool matters

If you want to develop your physics or are interested in physical recovery, activity meters are of service . They often measure pulse or heart rate variability.

Time pressure, anxiety and on the positive side excitement are cognitively and emotionally stressful conditions. There are ways to capture these.

When the aim is to pay attention to mental load, the Moodmetric measurement provides just the needed data. Read more: What does the Moodmetric ring measure?

The Moodmetric smart ring, worn as a normal ring, is a measuring device that gathers accurate information about cognitive and emotional stress, around the clock. The smartphone app shows real-time data. Measuring in real time motivates to pay attention to one’s choices affecting mental well-being every day.

Why is it important that the measuring happens in real time?

We all need feedback. The most effective is instant feedback that makes us see the cause and effect, better realizing the connection between what we did and what was the outcome.

Real-time measurement also catches our attention and encourages us to try out things that might affect the result. For example, how fast does my stress level go down if I breathe deeply for 5 minutes in front of an open window?

Measuring stress levels in real time motivates to pay attention to mental load every day

Let’s say a meeting lasts from 2pm to 3pm. The topic is inspiring, the participants throw in new ideas, decisions are made. A person wearing the Moodmetric ring follows her stress levels during the meeting and sees them fluctuating between 45 and a full 100. Alternatively she gives a glance at the app after the meeting. The numbers show that the stress levels were high. And because the feeling was positive, she concludes that this was a meeting inducing positive stress. She knows that recovery is important also from excitement and takes a moment to relax in a quiet space before the next meeting. The sympathetic nervous system calms down, both the body and mind get a moment of rest.

A long enough period of uninterrupted measuring, roughly two weeks, provides reliable data of the amount of mental load the person is experiencing. It contains a good number of different kinds of days, where one exceptional day does not significantly affect the big picture.

The Moodmetric measurement tells about the amount of mental load

The right metric helps to increase self-understanding and tells where the personal boundaries for high and low stress reside. Objective data, namely a clear number is a decision-making tool and a call for action: “After a day at the office, is it better for me to go jogging, or just for a walk along the scenic route?”

Measuring devices can be used continuously or periodically until the person feels that their control over the issues causing mental load has improved.

A two-week Moodmetric measurement period is sufficient to provide the user with and understanding of their stress levels

The Moodmetric smart ring gives real-time information on what increases and what decreases mental load during day and night. It supports the wearer in finding the optimal balance between emotional and cognitive stress versus recovery.

A two-week Moodmetric measurement period is sufficient to provide the user with an understanding of their stress levels. If the levels are normal, the measurement can be repeated in, say, a year. If the levels are very high, it is advised to discuss with a healthcare professional about the data and make your own assessment of the load and its causes, both at and off work.

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