Bad day at work? Problems on the home front? Taking blows and dealing with setbacks is part of everyday life. The challenge is to make sure they do not grind you down. And for that, it helps to know first just how serious things are. We are experts at hiding stress from ourselves, putting a brave face on difficult situations and pretending that things are not so bad. In our 2021 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey, we found that 83% of people worldwide suffer from stress.
That’s most of us. But the majority are probably not aware we have a problem. And because of our aversion to facing up to stress, most of us won’t bother to seek expert confirmation if we are feeling stressed out. Putting up with unnecessary stress is not good for us, though. It can lead to poor performance at work and difficulty in sleeping, both of which can make stress even worse. What the world needs is a simple stress test that anyone can take.
And that’s what you get with the free StressWaves tool from Cigna. It uses machine learning to tell your level of stress from the sound of your voice. Simply open the tool, speak into it and you’ll get a stress-level readout in minutes. The tool won’t cure you of stress, of course, but it will give you an indication of whether you are more stressed than you should be. And for help, there’s another free tool you can turn to: the Cigna Body&Mind app.
Roads to improvement
The Cigna Body&Mind app is designed to build your resilience to stress using time-honoured advice from some of the world’s top wellness experts. Among the tools and resources that the app puts at your disposal, you’ll find:
- A dashboard to log daily activities, track your progress and measure your performance against your goals.
- An action plan to identify new habits, monitor daily activities and master better health behaviours.
- Friendly competitions to help you hit personal goals, extend your targets and gain motivation.
- An extensive library of articles, recipes, news, videos, tutorials and well-being podcasts.
At Cigna, we’ve developed the app as part of a 360-degree approach to well-being. This approach starts with studies covering five key areas of life: your work, your social network, your finances, your family and your physical activity. The Cigna Body&Mind app turns this research into clear action plans that can help you achieve your goals, whether they are to sleep more or to improve your exercise regime.
A holistic approach
And, of course, there is advice on how to beat stress. We’ve built the Cigna Body&Mind app this way because we know that stress isn’t a condition that you can treat in isolation. It affects your mood, your appetite, your social life and a lot more. The only way to deal with it effectively is through a holistic approach, although most other tools on the market do not recognise this.
They treat stress as if it were something that is not connected to the rest of our lives. Because we believe in a more rounded perspective, we’ve designed the Cigna Body&Mind app to act a bit like a medical expert that you can carry around in your pocket.
And if you are a member of Cigna, you can use it to request an appointment and speak to a doctor as well, without having to move from where you are. The free Cigna Body&Mind app is available now via Google Play or the Apple Store. Download it now and start managing all aspects of your health and well-being.