It’s an age when stress is everywhere, unseen and often ignored until it presents itself as something worse. Enter the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6. The innovative smartwatch comes with the usual perks, like heart-awareness monitoring and fitness tracking, but it also defaults to stress-awareness management. The concept is simple: with your Galaxy Watch 6, you can significantly mitigate stress, and we’ll tell you how.


Mastering Stress Measurement on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

So, if your Galaxy Watch 6 is telling you you’re stressed, it actually means that you’re stressed. The next step is taking action. You can turn stress warnings on and off by heading on over to the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone and, under ‘Relax’, it’s the first option. In my opinion, that’s the important part. The Galaxy Watch 6 is telling you that you’re stressed and, next, you can choose to do something about it. Here’s how: 1. Put on your Watch and then swipe to the middle. 2. Tap on the Relax app. The Watch immediately goes into a meditative state. 3. The first thing my Watch showed me was Breathwork. Here was my first challenge. I’ve seen it mentioned before: closing my eyes and clearing my mind would be the trick to getting ‘into the zone’. I’m not much for sitting around without creative or active pursuits.

  1. Navigate to the Samsung Health app on your watch.
  2. Scroll until you find the Stress section and tap it.
  3. Initiate a reading by selecting Measure.

The graph on your watch shows your heart rhythm. After you read, your stress level appears on this graph, as a blue or yellow dot in a scale that goes from green (quite low) to red (quite high). You can find this feature in the Galaxy Watch 6, but also in the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4, expanding its reach.

Choosing Your Stress Measurement Mode on the Galaxy Watch 6

The Galaxy Watch 6 comes with both continuous and manual monitoring for stress. While continuous monitoring is more accurate, it can drain the battery. To turn off continuous monitoring and switch to manual:

  • Go to Settings on your Galaxy Watch 6.
  • Head into Health, select Stress, and then opt for Manual only.

Decoding the Stress Measurement Technology

Heart-rate variability (HRV) and heart rate data are also employed by the Galaxy Watch 6, measured via on-board sensors, to analyse your stress levels; heart-rate variability is used as an indicator of stress by the National Institutes of Health because it ‘reflects changes in the body and in the environment’ that affect us.

Ensuring Precise Stress Readings

Stress is highly measurable, but you need to be precise in order to make sure you’re getting accurate readings. Here’s some helpful advice to make those readings as precise as possible.

  • Wear the Galaxy Watch comfortably tight on your wrist.
  • Update your Samsung Health app to the latest version.
  • Keep the sensor clean and free from obstructions like dust or sweat.
  • Remain still during measurements and avoid cold or hot temperature extremes.
  • After physical exertion, rest for at least 30 minutes before taking a reading.


Alongside all of this, the Galaxy Watch 6 provides users with a range of sensors that help them to manage stress, keep track of their sleep and ECG readings, and more. In conjunction with a Samsung phone, it also keeps you informed about incoming calls and messages, while its customisable modes – Silent, Do Not Disturb, Theater, and Sleep – help you adapt to your situation, so that you can get the most from your Galaxy Watch 6, no matter the circumstances.


The Galaxy Watch 6 is powered by a sapphire crystal screen, an Exynos W930 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 425mAh battery, and it’s hard to find a better Android smartwatch on the market – especially if you’re already in the Samsung ecosystem. However, the Apple Watch dominates a higher end of this market.


Designed for those who like their distinctively modern smartwatch to have a bit of vintage pizazz, this model has a larger case size and a rotating bezel around the screen, so you can also use the watch in the classic Smartwatch mode with the stunning Super AMOLED display on the watch body. To put it simply, it’s the Galaxy Watch 6 but made for those who like things in a timeless style.


More generally, a galaxy is a gravitationally bound ensemble of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust and dark matter. The word ‘galaxy’ comes from the Greek galaxias which literally means ‘milky,’ referring to our Milky Way galaxy. Galaxies are classified into several morphological types such as spiral, elliptical, or irregular.

Like the celestial body that shares its name, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is both microcosm and macrocosm, a contributor and participant in the daily balancing act between health, wellness and stress, and a co-purveyor of digital connectivity that keeps time both within us and outside of us: with other people, with our bodies, and with our lives. When we wear the Galaxy Watch 6, we take one small step toward setting our personal universe in order.

Jun 03, 2024
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