Stress and anxiety add up overtime to create a dangerous state of chronic stress. Chronic stress is linked to high blood pressure, weight gain, depression, obesity, strokes, Type 2 Diabetes, cognitive dysfunction, lower immunity and even cancer. We have a tendency as a society to treat health problems once critical, but we should be preventing them before they begin. This is why it’s extremely important to have tools to cope with stress, anxiety , poor sleep and more. Stress management should be an ACTIVE, not a passive, part of your life.
How can ZENTones help?
ZENTones are a stress-reduction tool that can help you cope with stress. You should have other tools in your “stress reduction toolbox”, and we feel confident in saying ZENTones should be one of them. ZENTones are a holistic approach to anxiety, sleep, stress and stress-induced pain using the science of sound sequencing and binaural acoustics. These are stress-reduction and RELAXATION techniques, NOT medical treatments, so please do not confuse the two. The science of binaural beats is ongoing and not written in stone nor rooted in a super strong evidence base. That is why you should only use these as a relaxation tool and never as a treatment OR substitute for any medication.
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Can Adults and Kids use them?
ZENTones are safe for adults and kids, but use common sense. Don’t listen to the “Fall asleep” ones while driving or operating heavy machinery. Adults and kids can listen to the Anxiety-Reducing ZENTones or Fall Asleep ZENTones together. A positive stress-reducing parent-child activity can be listening to the ZENTones while coloring together.
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Not motivated? That’s okay.
Sometimes stress is exhausting or depressing, so lack of energy or motivation is common. The best part about ZENTones is that all you have to do is listen, which is great when you are feeling under motivated. Besides clicking “play”, they require no work.
How do ZENTones work?
They are rooted in the science of sound sequencing, isochronic tones and the therapeutic use of binaural beats. This science needs a lot more work and these are not approved by the FDA or any sort of medication. (You can find more information on the current science behind them here on our FAQs page, and you can find reviews in our blog and elsewhere on the site.) While “brainwave entrainment” is commonly cited as the mechanism of action for binaural acoustics, more recent research suggests that they may have a more global effect by enhancing the parasympathetic response, or the neural response associated with relaxation, reduced stress and a calm mood. The truth is, we don’t know for sure. If you use these, please only use them as a tool for relaxation and do NOT expect them to be cure-alls or treatment for any medical condition. Each of our guided imagery programs ( evidence-supported relaxation exercises) was written by Dr. Stair and recorded by voice actors.
How do I listen?
ZENTones require headphones to work, and if you click on the “science behind them” link above, you’ll learn why. We recommend using the ZENBand for maximum comfort, but you can use your own headphones if you wish. The ZENBand also allows for you to comfortably cover your eyes and keep out ambient light, which is shown to significantly enhance the relaxation response and lower stress. Light is a big instigator for anxiety, migraines and stress. Keep in mind that if you listen to the ZENTones without headphones or the ZENBand, you will not get the therapeutic effect of the binaural tones.
Got Phone Anxiety?
You can download the ZENTones to any device you choose, but most people can’t relax with their phone because of how many distractions are on it. If your phone is a source of anxiety for you or even an addiction, as it is for many people, we suggest getting a basic Mp3 player, downloading the ZENTones to that and making it special for your relaxation/meditation time. Eliminating the “Phone Pull” can be incredibly freeing and relieving for your nervous system.
How long should I listen?
We recommend listening to the entire ZENTone sound program. Each program lasts between 25-45 minutes. If you are short on time, research suggests that listening to at least 20 minutes is optimal.
Read Dr. Stair’s natural 12 step routine for better sleep using the tones and the ZENBand.
You can read each description of the individual ZENTones by clicking the link below.
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