science
Working Out in a Group Is Better for Your Mental Wellbeing Than Going at It Alone, Suggests Study

The way we exercise and who we choose to do it with is a very personal thing, but new research suggests that working out in a group setting has its advantages, resulting in significant improvements to physical, mental, and emotional measures. Those who workout alone, by contrast, experience virtually no changes in stress levels or perceived levels of fitness, at least those in the study—even though they tend to put in more effort. Read More >>

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Worrying About Money is Tough on Wallets and Wrinkles

As someone who often struggles to make ends meet, I often feel like I want to just curl up in a ball and never leave my house. During the worst months, I often found that it took a toll on my appearance. The dark circles under my eyes started to sag, my face would break out in pimples, and I’d gain weight. Of course, that only added to the stress. Read More >>

transport
London Commute is Crap, States No-Shit-Sherlock Survey

A major survey has determined that the commute faced by hundreds of thousands of Londoners is a horrible, stressful experience. In other news Apple products are expensive, and Bing is rubbish. Read More >>

gadgets
This Stress-Sensing Fitness Tracker Won a Top Design Award

The US National Design Awards were last night in New York, where 20 products were vying to be named the country's best. The winner, chosen by public voting, was a fitness tracker called Spire, which claims to keep tabs on your overall well-being by measuring heart rate and breathing patterns to monitor stress. Read More >>

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Microsoft Develops “Smart Bra” to Track Stress and Warn Against Eating Too Many KitKats

The good thing about bras, according to Microsoft's engineers, is that they're naturally placed close to the heart. This means they're ideally situated to monitor heart rate and skin temperature, with MS suggesting a smartbra may be augmented to combat stress-related eating disorders. Read More >>

health
I Stop Breathing When I Type and You Probably Do, Too

I noticed a pretty unnerving problem recently. It was a normal day at work. I, being a blogger, spend a lot of time pounding on a little keyboard and staring at a big screen. While working on an especially stressful post and a particularly challenging paragraph, I started getting lightheaded. I'd stopped breathing. Read More >>

chatroom
How Much Does Your Computer Stress You Out?

A recent survey commissioned by Crucial has turned up a few interesting statistics on computer stress. 94 percent of respondents said they've had computer problems drive them up the wall, and a little over half aren't happy with how their little Internet box behaves in general. 18 percent even said computer problems are more stressful than taxes. Read More >>

cars
Future Fords Adapt and React to Driver Anxiety

Cars are cutting you up on the motorway. Your pulse quickens. You need to concentrate. What you really need is absolute silence — no phone calls, no music. In this kind of situation, a new stress-sensing system developed by Ford would shut down the distractions the moment driving becomes tense. Read More >>