Who Needs Stress?
Stress is everywhere: there’s stress from work, from not having work. From your family, from your friends and from other interactions. More stress from what you can and can’t control, be that politics or socializing or the environment or what you are seeing or reading or thinking about. Pretty much everything can generate stress and if there’s more and more of it — the end result could be akin to blowing up a balloon until it pops. So before that analogy happens, it would be better to find a way to lower that level of stress because sleep will suffer as will being able to focus on the daily grind. For some that might mean meditation and for others exercise or engaging in sports. And for others it might mean doing something like reading a book or listening to music so as to bring a feeling of calm — in other words finding a method that can aid in bringing calm and lowering stress. So here comes technology tossing its hat into the ring with the Xen Box Set.
The Xen does its thing by stimulating the Vagus nerve (historically cited as the pneumogastric nerve), which has sensory functions on the body — sensations felt or the skins or in the muscles and sensations felt in the organs of the body. That’s a lot of info to let sink in so lets condense it to say that Xen works here by putting out gentle micro-pulses that enter the body so as to aid in inducing that needed calm. And no Xen isn’t some football-sized helmet with electrodes, c’mon it looks like headphones.
It’s Going In The Ear
Actually it looks like a pair of specialized earbuds but they connects to a flat-ish disc, which is where the electronics, rechargeable battery and Bluetooth streaming tech lives. You do need a smartphone (or a tablet though that’s a bit more awkward) because Xen needs to pair with the app running on it. The purpose of this is to play music from the ‘phone, streaming into Xen and then the headphones and into the person’s ear. So contrary to first thoughts, it’s not “white noise” that one is going to be hearing — which gets boring real quick and would pretty much insure Xen ends up in a forgotten drawer — but the music you would be listening to anyway. Only now there’s the added feature of Xen sending out those pulses riding shotgun with the music. Which you don’t hear, even for those for whom not listening to heavy metal hasn’t ruined their hearing. But while the music mode seems the only choice worth taking, limitations don’t exist here because other modes allow those pulses to go with ambient sounds present coming in from the ‘phones mic or stimulation only. Choosing a waveform gets personal (ocean waves do it for us because we were brought up in a state land-locked) and the finals before go-time is the intensity and how long you want Xen working for that session (keeping in mind overall that the battery kicks out for about 3 hours before it needs recharging). There’s also sync mode that adjusts the pulses to match whatever is being played (like from iTunes or some streaming music app).
Listen But Not Really
Now how do you know Xen is active? Because you’re feeling a mild tingling of the ear — sort of like a feather rubbing against the ear and there’s a bit of warmth generated although we really didn’t notice it after the first time active. Being portable, Xen easily travels and so becomes a pocket-sized wellness companion. And because it was invented by a physician, the fear of somebody more versed in electronics than people is avoided. The company also points to a lot of objectives occurring from use — to us the main aspect is lowering stress because we feel that as a result it works towards improving one’s focus towards objectives as well as lessening the doldrums that make one’s mood dark. Relying on a single device isn’t a solution in itself, but in conjunction with a positive attitude and actionable efforts distinct results become possible.
Also the company doesn’t recommend anyone under 18 using Xen, plus a WARNING AGAINST it being used should the person have a pacemaker, implanted defibrillator or any kind of implanted electronic or mechanical device. Additionally, since it is not a medical device, there is no intention for it as regards diagnosing, treating, curing or preventing any disease or condition. It’s also obvious that you don’t jump in a pool while wearing and cleaning out the ear canal can only help in life in general as well as possibly making having to hit the ear with some saline for increased conductivity unnecessary.
The Xen Box Set provides all that is needed: the unit, the earbuds in in 4 sizes (s., m, l and extra large that you usually don’t get so thumbs up on that), plus a charging cable and wall plug adapter and the display stand. Further details are available at NeuvanaLife.com