Brian, one of our users, is here to share his experience with the Resility program, which made an impact on his life in ways he never expected and has now turned into a family affair. Here is his story…
I have always had a tough time managing my stress. I know I stress a lot and I do exercise regularly to try to deal with it. My job is really stressful. I am single threaded at work and workload is never-ending. With just one person to complete the tasks that three people used to do, I am constantly under pressure.
Over the past year, I started to have pain in my back, side and really a lot of other spots in my body. For a while, I thought it had to do with exercising intensely.
I went to my doctor, had X-rays and ultrasounds and they found nothing to explain the pain. Around this time I started hearing about how stress can cause pain in your body. It’s probably something I heard before but never really paid attention to. That’s when I decided to listen to my wife and try Resility. Putting it lightly I was skeptical. Not that I didn’t believe in breathing techniques and things like that, but just that I didn’t think it could help with pain and a stress level as high as mine.
So, I started using the sensor and the app a couple of times a week. Right away I noticed that I felt a lot calmer after I would do an exercise. Initially, I liked the breathing exercises, but I also liked the muscle relaxation lessons a lot. The surprising thing is that even hours after I did an exercise or a lesson I still felt better. Hard to explain how, but I started to feel better.
The sensor showed me how much stress I was carrying in my muscles and this helped even when I wasn’t wearing it. I would notice how tense my muscles were every time my boss put something else on my list. So every time I would feel like I was getting tense, I would breathe or relax my muscles before I moved on with the task.
Over 2 or 3 months I started doing lessons regularly and it sort of became part of my day. Managing my stress level just became something that I do.
My twin daughters, who are both in middle school, also started using the app and the sensor. One has a lot of stress from school and sports and she needed a way to start dealing with all that pressure. The other has always had trouble sleeping and Resility was a game changer for helping her fall asleep when her mind was wound up.
Both of them told me how much better they felt and they started to see how stressed they were. It’s amazing that my wife and I knew how stressed they were, but had never really done anything about it. Makes me feel a little bad.
Just a week or two ago, everyone in our house was keyed up from the end of the school year and sports ramping up for the summer. My 7-year-old son was having a meltdown over something and my wife suggested we all try a Resility lesson together. So there were the five of us all doing a breathing lesson together. And the funny thing is the whole house went from off the wall to calm. With three kids, this is rare.
I even convinced my Mom, who tends to be a little bit of a nervous person, to start the program. She experiences high levels of pain, and since I started to understand the tie between stress and pain I saw this in her. Within just a couple of lessons she was so happy she started. She started to see how much of her own pain was from the stress in her life.
She is about to have a hip replacement and she was telling me how much she thinks Resility is going to help her get through that process and to deal with the physical limitations, rehab and the stress of recovery. I thought she would be scared and instead, she seems really positive.
My takeaway so far from Resility is that stress impacts you a lot more than you think. You might think you are managing, but chances are you aren’t. The internet, your computer, watching tv and things like that are like crutches for not dealing with stress.
Once I realized what stress was doing to my brain and body it changed things for me.