Work-related stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century.
- According to the American Institute of Stress job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults.
- Stress is also one of the complaints that predicts depression and generates high costs worldwide.
- Depression is the third leading cause of disease burden globally, and the WHO predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of diseases across all ages!
of absenteeism at work is caused by work related stress.
of absenteeism of 25 to 35 years-olds has to do with occupational burnout.
We use evidence-based groundbreaking psychological and neurological knowledge.
Unlike most of the emotional, behavioural and mental health programs available to treat stress, we embrace the evidence-based theory that stress can be enhancing. Instead of diminishing stressful experiences we teach you to learn to use your stress-system to be healthier, happier and more productive.
You undergo a lifelike, VR interactive experience on a tropical island.
There are many fun and challenging tasks on the island:
E.g. you will have to displace a glass ball, the ball will only stick to the handles if you have the adequate stress level; otherwise the ball will fall in the sand. In other moments flies will attack you and the insects can only be calmed if you relax. Another mission is to climb some vines and cross a ravine. There are red (stress) and green (relax) vines, so you can pick the most appropriate one depending on your stress level.
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This experience is fully personalized by using a real-time sensor on the chest
Therefore, you only have one superpower: your own stress system!
You have to explore, find and apply effective mechanisms in your own body to generate stress or be calm. As in any game, Stressjam has different levels and you get only a few lives to achieve the goals.
There is a Stressjam game coach to support and guide you in the journey.
A real person :-) Nevertheless, you can play on your own.
The game is suitable for various target groups and situations, because research shows that only 12% of people know well the benefits of stress.
Stressjam can be extremely helpful at the workplace, especially for people in situations where stress plays an essential or relevant role.
Another target group that has a lot to do with stress are top athletes. That's why top skater coach Jillert Anema has introduced, in 2017, Stressjam as a training tool for his Dutch Olympic skate team.