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Photo: Jacob Lund (Shutterstock) Many of us have no problem checking in on the status of our New Year’s resolutions to “walk more” or “sleep better,” and it’s all thanks to our trusty Fitbits, Apple Watches, and other wrist-sized fitness gadgets. At any moment of the day, you can look to your wrist and have access to your health data. And if you don’t have the instinct to check, chances are your smart watch will–ding!–send you notification after notification to remind you. When it comes to your physical health, these gadgets are helpful for providing a snapshot of your daily activity levels, sleep habits, and so on–but at what cost to your mental wellbeing? You know about the power of the placebo effect , wherein the mere belief that your wellbeing is improving can actually result in physical improvements. Your mind can be a powerful healing tool. On the flip side, your mind can also be a powerful force of relentless anxiety. If it feels like your fitness gadget is causing more harm than good to your mental state, here’s how to manage the “nocebo effect” triggered by the device strapped to your wrist. What is the nocebo effect? Whereas placebo comes from the Latin for “I shall please,” nocebo is Latin for “I shall harm.” Research on the nocebo effect has shown the many ways that the expectation of side effects leads to them being experienced. More specifically, the nocebo effect is typically used in clinical settings to […]