Anxious? Try Hugging Your ‘Breathing Pillow’
British researchers are betting on this.
According to Haynes, the goal is “to alleviate the high levels of anxiety students often experience during exam periods.”
Four pillows respectively simulated breathing; heartbeat; purr; or purring and breathing together. The fifth pillow emitted a scattered ring of light. Just over one-third agreed that the pillow “feels like breathing” when in use, and three said that holding it in their hands was like holding a cat.
Therefore, the researchers decided to focus on the breathing cushion and refine the design for further testing.
Harvard Medical School has more information on students and anxiety.
SOURCES: Alice S. Haynes, Ph.D. in affective tactility and research fellow at the University of Bristol, UK; Martina Svensson, Ph.D., Junior Researcher, Experimental Neuroinflammation Laboratory (ENL), Lund University, Lund, Sweden; PLUS ONEMarch 9, 2022