Golf often has a reputation for being a leisurely pastime played while you’re chatting about business or a hobby to release pent-up tension from the week, and some go as far as to say that it shouldn’t be considered a sport. In reality, golf requires a lot of athletic ability; the perfect swing is a combination of complex muscle movements timed perfectly and anything but complete focus will affect your performance substantially. Yes, physically being able to hit the ball consistently is important, but what really sets golf apart from other sports is the mental aspect of the game.

In the words of Bobby Jones, one of the most influential golfers of the 20th century, “golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.” Staying relaxed and focused while you’re on the green is a key trait for any great golfer, and as someone who suffers from social anxiety like I do, coping with stress can seem like an insurmountable obstacle during high pressure situations. It’s something that I have been trying to rein in since college and have been searching for something that could help manage it.

I come from a highly athletic family: my father played DI college football, my mom was a professional ballet dancer, and my aunt was a top 10 world-ranked professional tennis player. Growing up, I was taught that if I dedicated myself and worked hard it would pay off – so I did just that. I was a gymnast for years and trained nearly every day until I fractured my knee cap around age 12. After recovering, I looked for another sport to pick up and that’s when I fell in love with golf. I was lucky enough to attend San Diego State University on a full-ride golf scholarship and made school history when our team won the Mountain West Championship for the first time ever.

Even though I was focused on golf and my studies throughout college, I was taunted and bullied by classmates (as I had been through childhood) and it had a significant impact on my self-esteem and anxiety. My performance on the golf course suffered. I even had an incident that needed to be brought to the police which prompted me to delete all social media to avoid constant threats and harassment.

After graduating I decided to start a golf-focused Instagram account thinking that just focusing on sports would minimize my cyber-bulling. However as my account unexpectedly began to gain followers, I realized I was very wrong. Anxiety was still a prevalent theme in my life, both on and off the green, but I didn’t want to run from the problem this time – I wanted to find something that could help. After searching for ways to help me cope in a positive way, I stumbled upon Philip Stein’s Horizon Wellness Bracelet and I haven’t taken it off since. It’s specifically designed to help wearers cope with the daily stressors and long-term usage can significantly improve your overall well-being. This was the perfect addition to my repertoire of anxiety-relieving tools.

Throughout the day, our body’s electromagnetic field interacts with other magnetic fields including those that are man-made, like electronic devices, and naturally occurring ones. Each Horizon Wellness Bracelet is embedded with Natural Frequency Technology that resonates with our body, strengthening our bio-magnetic field. The subtle frequencies emitted by the bracelet helps restores the body’s ability to feel calmer and cope with stress easier. As a result, your mental and even physical performance improves without anxiety weighing you down.

For me personally, the bracelet has improved so many aspects of the sport. The pressure of playing, posting on social media, and attending public events used to weigh me down and take a toll on my mental and physical state. When you’re stressing out about external factors, having the tunnel vision that you need to perform at a high level is nearly impossible.

Wearing the Horizon Wellness bracelet has been a game changer – not just while I play golf but in my personal life as well. Feeling calmer throughout the day allows me to get more done, whether that means fitting in an extra training session or keeping up with my Instagram account. There are a lot of wellness wearables out there that claim to help make you calmer but, in most cases, they only track your day-to-activities; however Philip Stein bracelets actually contribute to your well-being and help you tackle your day head on.