Incorporate mindful breathing into your daily AlphaBeats routine

MINDFUL BREATHING

For centuries, researchers have investigated possible links between breathing and stress. We’re often not aware of our own breathing. It seems so … automatic. Yet mastering your breathing can have several positive effects on our bodies.

We all know that slow, controlled breathing helps calm us and reduce stress. This is because there’s an area in the brain that creates a link between breathing and a person’s behavior. For example, according to the article “Proper Breathing Brings Better Health” published in Scientific American, patients with breathing difficulties are more likely to suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. 

How does stress impact your breathing? 

When a person is stressed or anxious, the body secretes norepinephrine. It’s responsible for the negative effects caused by stress, such as a faster heartbeat, increased blood pressure and slower digestion. At times of stress or tension, people tend to breathe more from the top of the rib cage. Breaths are therefore shorter and shallower. Taking deep breaths with the abdomen reduces the level of norepinephrine in the system and thus reduces stress and anxiety. 

How to breathe mindfully? 

It is important to breathe with your diaphragm to fill your lungs to the maximum and to breathe efficiently. When breathing well, the belly expands, and so does the diaphragm, located approximately from the sternum to the last rib, which descends a little to allow the lungs to fill up completely. Funnily enough, every relaxation technique relies somewhat on breathing, and adding mindful breathing to your AlphaBeats routine can only improve it. 

How does AlphaBeats complement mindful breathing? 

We all lead super busy lives, and if you don’t have much time to spare, 10 minutes of mindful breathing a day might not be enough to control your stress levels. And here is where AlphaBeats comes in. You can combine mindful breathing with AlphaBeats to establish the new routine for well-being you’ve been looking for. 

How so? 

While you’re listening to your favorite tunes, we apply a gentle audio layer that constantly responds to both the music you are listening to and the biofeedback signals we’re measuring (such as breathing and heart-rate patterns). In just 10 minutes a day, this process trains your body and brain to relax and slide into the alpha-state, also known as the state of wakeful rest.

The best part is that all you have to do is listen to your favorite music, which you’re probably already doing. During those 10 minutes, remember to breathe mindfully in order to reap all the benefits AlphaBeats has to offer.

If you own an Apple Watch or EliteHRV CorSense device, that’s great. You can pair this to conduct the measurements. If not, no worries! AlphaBeats was specifically designed to work with just your phone.

The good news doesn’t stop here! AlphaBeats is free to download for a limited time.

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The AlphaBeats app is designed to help you track your progress, keep your routine going, and help you find your inner alpha each day, every day. All you need is a pair of headphones/earbuds, ten minutes of time for yourself and a Spotify premium account. 

Also read: Integrate Music to your daily routine

Your homework:

👉 Incorporate mindful breathing into your daily routine. You can combine efforts and practice mindful breathing while using AlphaBeats.

👉 Take just 10 minutes each day for yourself and use the AlphaBeats app to train your brain and your body to relax. 

Integrate Music to your daily routine

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According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), listeners spend 18.4 hours per week playing their favorite music.

It’s no big surprise that people working from home and students learning online during lockdown turned to comforting activities.

Including listening to their favorite tunes.

Of the 43,000 surveyed, 87% said music provided enjoyment and happiness during the pandemic, while 68% of 16- to 19-year-olds said new releases from their favorite artists helped them during that time.

The report, Engaging with Music 2021, tells the story of how fans around the globe are listening to music they love in ways never before imagined.

“Listening to music makes us feel good,” according to this Dare to Live Fully article. The article lists 12 easy ways to bring music into your life.

How does music help us feel good? 

Let us count the ways …

🎵 Music reduces stress and lowers anxiety, and at the same time …

🎵 Music increases motivation.

🎵 Music makes us mindful, one of the keys to happiness.

🎵 Listening to music can help reduce pain.

But how do you make more time to listen to music in order to reap all these benefits?

A few suggestions:

✔️ Play music during your morning routine.

✔️ Play music during your commute.

✔️ The obvious one: play music while you exercise.

✔️ Take music breaks at work.

And our favorite …

✔️ ✔️Use music strategically to control your moods and emotions.

For people who care about their mental fitness, AlphaBeats is the new routine for well-being and excellence, powered by the music you love … the music you’re already listening to, on average, 2.62 hours per day.

While listening to your favorite music, our technology helps you relax, sleep better, meditate or just calm your mind. Whether you love Ed Sheeran, Metallica or Mozart’s Fantasia in D Minor, we’re here for everyone.

How does it work?

While you’re listening to your favorite tunes, we apply a gentle audio layer that constantly responds to both the music you are listening to and the biofeedback signals we’re measuring (such as breathing and heart-rate patterns). This process trains your body and brain to relax and slide into the alpha-state, also known as the state of wakeful rest.

All you need is a pair of headphones/earbuds, ten minutes of me-time and a Spotify premium account. 

If you own an Apple Watch or EliteHRV CorSense device, that’s great. You can pair this to conduct the measurements. If not, no worries! AlphaBeats was specifically designed to work with just your phone.

More good news!

AlphaBeats is free to download for a limited time.

Download from the App Store

Download from Google Play

AlphaBeats helps track your progress, keeps the routine going, and helps you find your inner alpha each day, every day.

Anytime, anywhere, with any kind of music. 

Your homework

👉 Find new times and ways to incorporate music into your daily routine.

👉 Take just 10 minutes each day for yourself and use the AlphaBeats app to train your brain to relax.

AlphaBeats at CES 2022

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and CES 2022 was no exception. It was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that provided AlphaBeats with several opportunities and insights.

The journey of AlphaBeats to the world’s most innovative technology event, CES, began when the Dutch pavilion selected us as one of the 40 most promising Dutch startups in the Netherlands. It was at that moment we felt responsible for the relaxation of the entire Dutch Pavilion.

We traveled to the USA at a time when Omicron was at its peak (still had to wait in long queues at the airport) and so were the stress levels. While leaving we made sure that we packed the relaxation tool with us; the AlphaBeats app. The team was excited and motivated to bring more joy, peace and relaxation to the USA. 

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We never imagined that when we arrived in the United States, The Washington Post would be waiting for us. The coolest thing was that we conducted our interview on the road in our RV. Everything was progressing at a rapid pace, and thanks to our app, we were always calm despite having a hectic schedule.

Having a physical presence in the United States was a huge success for us, as the United States is one of our most significant markets. Their stress levels are over 20% higher than the worldwide average. The music industry is massive, as is the mental health app market, and there are several focused VCs in those areas. We also met with interesting people such as possible partners, tech scouts, and investors.

Apart from all of the great connections and the attention we received, the most valuable upside was the vibe it gave to AlphaBeats. We traveled in our RV, which provided us with the unique experience of living the dream: meeting wonderful people, seeing great places, traveling with a great team, and having the best mobile office there is. And, we already planned our next trip to the US. 

Integrate AlphaBeats in company employee well-being strategy

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Even before the pandemic of 2020, the World Health Organization called stress the “epidemic of the 21st century.” It’s because stress is directly related to debilitating diseases, such as heart disease, asthma, obesity, depression and anxiety.

We all experience stress. A little stress does no harm, but we let it go too far and don’t allow ourselves to relax.

What’s our solution?

It’s easy.

Sit down. Relax. Open the AlphaBeats app, slip on your headphones, connect your wearable and choose your favorite playlist. AlphaBeats constantly measures how your body and your mind react to the music and subtly adapts the intensity of the music to fast-charge you to the “alpha state,” decreasing beta brain waves and increasing alpha brain waves. Those are the basics.

Our market is vast, global. Think of high-stress occupations such as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Think of professional athletes and high-level business executives.

Now think of yourself and your responsibilities as parent, spouse, caregiver, employee.

We found ourselves nodding in agreement, even shouting “right on!” when we read this well-researched article on the McKinsey & Company website: Using digital tech to support employees’ mental health and resilience.

The research shows that “poor mental health takes a heavy toll on individuals and businesses” and “new digital solutions can help employers … make well-being a strategic focus for their organization.”

They have the numbers to back up their claims:

  • Since the start of the pandemic last year, 42% of employees globally have reported a decline in mental health.
  • WHO estimates that depression, anxiety disorders and other conditions cost the global economy $1 trillion per year in lost productivity.
  • 75 of 100 employees require support that fosters mental wellness

“The good news is that addressing mental health and well-being in the workplace can make a difference. Studies have found, for instance, that wellness programs can improve employees’ performance, mental health, and self-efficacy, and deliver other self-reported health benefits.”

We think so too.

Our more than 1000 beta testers have started a new routine for well-being and performance. And it’s already working, helping them relax by using AlphaBeats and simply listening to their own favorite playlists 10 minutes a day.

Top reasons to integrate AlphaBeats in a company employee well-being strategy:

  • Boosts well-being and performance
  • Users feel more productive, creative and happy if they are more relaxed
  • Empowers individuals to improve mental well-being before “an issue becomes acute”
  • Easy, 10-minute daily routine
  • No additional hardware! Use what you already have – smartphone, headphones, wearables, music
  • Keeps track of how users are doing each day and helps them maintain the routine
  • It’s fun

Our mission is to help people find the peace they so desperately need every single day. It’s not just good for them individually but it’s also good for their friends, families and employers.

AlphaBeats is gearing up for CES in Las Vegas January 5-8. We’d love to meet you there and tell you more about AlphaBeats. Get in touch: han@listenalphabeats.com

Also read: Health insurance companies look to mental health digital apps for self-care

Health insurance companies look to mental health digital apps for self-care

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Before the pandemic, the World Health Organization declared stress the epidemic of the 21st century. AlphaBeats was founded in 2019, so we were well on our way to building a healthtech company that would create a new routine for mental well-being.

Fast forward to late 2020 and the world was experiencing unprecedented high stress levels. There was no way to know then our solution could potentially become so important to a large percentage of the global population.

As health insurance companies saw demand for mental health services skyrocket last year, they looked at innovative ways to help their customers … and fast.

Now insurers are partnering with mental health apps to provide a range of solutions to their customers, giving them the control to help manage stress levels.

According to a January 2021 Stat article, “The question is no longer whether technology will transform mental health care, but when and how it will occur.” David Mou goes on to say:

“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that health care can be transformed rapidly and successfully. The behavioral health needs resulting from this pandemic are likely to require even more profound changes. The technology revolution can meet this emerging public health need, but only if we focus innovation on the problems that matter and create the incentives to ensure success.”

We think a “problem that matters” is improving mental well-being and empowering individuals to manage stress related to all areas of life – not just Covid-19.

We also think the easier it is for people to use our technology and app, the more likely they are to establish new routines and train their brains to relax.

Health insurer Kaiser Permanente sees the opportunities to make mental health care more accessible.

Trina Histon is Senior Principal Consultant in Prevention, Wellness, and Digital Health at Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute. She’s currently co-lead on Kaiser Permanente’s enterprise-wide effort to deploy an ecosystem of digital mental health tools to support emotional wellness for members. (You can read the Kaiser Permanente mental health and wellness digital ecosystem case study here.)

Histon makes the case for adding mental health apps to workforce wellness programs in her June 2020 article, and she offers tips on how to find the right ones.

She points out, “Mobile apps, while not a replacement for mental health services, are one way to extend self-care support and can be a great complement to your corporate wellness programs.”

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We couldn’t agree more. We think insurance companies and corporate well-being programs should think unconventionally in these very different and difficult times. It’s time to embrace technology for good and get it to people when and where they need it, which is literally in the palms of their hands: their smartphones.

Form the article: “In the U.S., there’s a high demand for mental health resources. Nearly 56% of American adults have wanted to or tried to get mental health treatment for themselves or their loved ones. As the country copes with the stress and anxiety from COVID-19, this demand has increased. People are seeking virtual mental health services, like mobile apps, to find support and relief during the pandemic.

With the growing importance of physical distancing, it’s no surprise that people are becoming more open to virtual mental health services. Even though mobile apps aren’t meant to be a replacement for clinical therapy, they do offer convenience, privacy, comfort, and access to self-care whenever someone needs it. And it’s all right at their fingertips.

So, what’s the AlphaBeats solution?

It’s easy.

Open the AlphaBeats app, slip on your headphones, connect your wearable and choose your favorite playlist. AlphaBeats constantly measures how your body and your mind react to the music and subtly adapts the intensity of the music to fast-charge you to the “alpha state,” decreasing beta brain waves and increasing alpha brain waves. All you need is a smartphone, headphones, our app, music you love and 10 minutes a day.

Also, read: The data is in: Here’s how wearables are key to improving mental well-being

The data is in: Here’s how wearables are key to improving mental well-being

If there’s a silver lining of the pandemic, it’s that discussing mental well-being is no longer taboo. More and more celebrities and public figures are talking openly about their own mental health challenges, encouraging others to do the same and to get the help they need when they need it. Mental health awareness is at an all-time high, a good first step to empowering people to take the lead in their own mental fitness.

The other good news is we have technology – wearables, smartphones and apps – at our fingertips to help us improve our mental well-being as we navigate our stressful lives.

Fact: no one uses all the tools and apps available on their smartphones and wearables. Research in this buildfire article shows there are more than 80 apps installed on the average smartphone, but only nine mobile apps are used each day.

Sure, social media and gaming apps are fun to use, and we all have our favorite apps we use for work. But what if the tools you already have – smartphone and wearable – helped you improve your own mental well-being? Suddenly, technology we use – wear – every day can be used to decrease stress and help us relax.

Health insurers and employee wellness programs see the wisdom in offering digital health and wellness apps. Less stress equals more productive, more creativity and happier employees and customers. Makes sense.

This is where AlphaBeats is making a difference, using technology and music you love to reduce stress.

How does it work?

Open the AlphaBeats app on your smartphone. Slip on your headphones, connect your wearable and choose your favorite playlist.

We create a biofeedback loop that activates an algorithm which makes small changes in the music you’re listening to. When you’re under stress, your brain produces beta waves. When you’re relaxed, your brain produces alpha waves. The algorithm constantly measures how the body and mind react to the music and uses that input to fast-charge you to the restful “alpha” state … in just 10 minutes.

In this Time article, mindfulness and meditation guru Deepak Chopra and Fitbit CEO James Park talk about their partnership that brings together wearable technology and mental fitness tools.

Chopra says, “I think of technology as the evolution of human consciousness. Who created technology? We created technology, right? And technology is unstoppable. So how do we use it to our benefit?” 

That’s the question.

As of March 2021, there is a 37% shortage of mental healthcare providers in the U.S. More and more people with mental health challenges are coming forward for treatment, much of it provided remotely. With wearables and digital health apps readily accessible, there is a focus on preventive care which alleviates pressure on a strained provider network.

AlphaBeats focuses on establishing a new routine to bring down stress, putting the power with the individual and leveraging wearable devices’ advanced sensors and accelerometers to monitor and measure biosignals – from heart rate variability and breathing rates to blood oxygen levels. Biofeedback can alert users when stress levels rise, for example. Our technology can turn a wearable from a warning and tracking device into a stress reduction “treatment.”

Wearable devices – Fitbit, Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Garmin and upcoming Whoop and Oura Ring – smartphones and apps aren’t new technologies. We use them every day. They are either ON us or near us at all times.

We’re leveraging all this technology to tackle a monumental health challenge: stress. We’re excited to be a part of the solution.

Also read: Integrate AlphaBeats in your self-care routine for better sleep

Integrate AlphaBeats in your self-care routine for better sleep.

When we can’t sleep for a night or two, many of us toss and turn or keep an eye on the clock. However, for some people, a sleepless night is the norm. According to the National Institutes of Health, “More than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million report sleeping problems occasionally.” 

Sleep is an essential human activity that allows our brains and bodies to rest and recover. When we do not get enough sleep we are more prone to suffer from poor judgment, memory loss, obesity, high blood pressure, and safety risks while driving. 

What leads to these sleepless nights? Sleep disturbances are usually linked to anxiety. It’s more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep during the night when you’re worried or afraid. Anxiety can be exacerbated by sleep loss, resulting in a vicious cycle of sleeplessness and anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States, and lack of sleep has been linked to a variety of physical problems. As a result, comprehending and resolving the relationships between anxiety and sleep can be critical to both physical and mental well-being.

What’s the solution? 

It’s simple:- AlphaBeats!

AlphaBeats focuses on creating a new routine to reduce stress, putting the power in the hands of the user, and utilizing wearable devices’ smart sensors and accelerometers to monitor and evaluate biosignals ranging from heart rate (variability) to breathing patterns to blood oxygen levels to brainwaves. 

When users’ stress levels rise, for example, biofeedback can provide an alert. Our technique can transform a wearable from a warning and tracking device to a “therapy” for stress reduction.

How does it work?

AlphaBeats build a biofeedback loop that triggers an algorithm that alters the music you’re listening to in subtle ways. Your brain produces beta waves when you are stressed. Alpha waves are produced by the brain when you are relaxed. The algorithm continuously monitors how the body and mind react to the music and uses that information to quickly get you to the relaxing “alpha” state … in just 10 minutes.

It’s proven!

More than 1000 of our beta testers have started a new routine for mental well-being and excellence. 

And it’s already working. 

More than 70% of our users feel better, more relaxed, and are able to sleep soundly after listening to their favorite music for just 10 minutes a day using the AlphaBeats App.

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