Hello, my name is Klemens. I've been an online marketer at Vitalmonitor since September. And since yesterday there is this blog, which I immediately use for self-reflection.
Flashback: September 2014. My first day of work at Vitalmonitor. My boss Martin hands me one and tells me that I can use it to measure my stress level, bio-age and regeneration status. I take his word for it. First, because I can't prove him wrong (I believe things only when I see them myself) and second, because I have read statements from about 20 athletes who say the same thing. So I first measured for 2 weeks so that I could get meaningful values out of the thing. So in mid-September I then had values - and they were rather lousy!
It was noticeable that I often had very high stress values. So I went to Berny, our medical director, with my bad values and asked him what I should do now. He suggested autogenic training, which at first seemed rather esoteric to me as a sensible person (in addition, of course, I didn't know what it was exactly). After Martin confirmed the effect, I decided to sign up for a course at the university (besides my job at Vitalmonitor, I'm still writing my diploma thesis - probably the reason for my high stress level).And here's the thing: Despite my initial rejection, I was totally relaxed after the first session. I slept better than I had in a long time. And it wasn't just my subjective feeling that confirmed this; my stress levels also plummeted. And not only after the first session. I had the same good feeling again after every single unit. Once more and once less, but each time I was much more relaxed than before. Here are my stress values from 10/22 and 11/5 (in the morning and after the autogenic training).
Autogenic training really works! The only problem I have now is the regular practice. Otherwise it will be nothing with the long-term stress reduction!
Do you have experience with other relaxation techniques? What have you already tried and what helped you the most? Leave your comments below!