In today’s digital age, we are always on call, and it can be easy to burn out. This can leave you feeling as if you have accomplished nothing. On the flip side, technology also brings opportunities to separate yourself from the daily bombardment of life. In fact, there are a number of ways to harness modern technology to improve your mental health.
Exercise Is Key
Science Daily points out that exercise improves your mental health by releasing feel-good chemistry. But, it can be hard to get to the gym for your daily workout. Luckily, there is some great technology out there to help keep you motivated and moving.
Apple Watch Series 4
The Apple Watch Series 4 is a great complement to your fitness routine. With everything from a heartbeat tracker, workout metrics and activity-rings, the Apple Watch will keep you moving toward your fitness goals. And, the icing on the cake: the watch doubles as a cell phone, and you can still stream your favorite music.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
If the price of the Apple Watch is a little too steep or you’re simply not an Apple fan, don’t worry! There are a number of excellent alternative fitness trackers out there to meet your lower budget. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active is a smartwatch with many of the same capabilities. Including exercise tracking and real-time notification if your heartbeat is too high or low. Although you can’t make calls from the watch, it does allow you to link to your cell phone to stream your workout playlist.
Get More Sleep
Healthline explains a good night’s sleep is a must to keep you healthy in mind and body. With all of the technology available on the market, it was inevitable that apps would come along to help us with this universal need. Below are just a couple of the sleep apps you can use to catch more z’s and use technology to improve your mental health.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
There are five separate cycles of sleep that a person goes through each night. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app tracks these sleep cycles throughout their slumber, and times your alarm so that you wake up feeling rested. What’s more, it follows your sleep trends to help tailor your habits for the maximum benefit.
Slumber promotes restful sleep through relaxing bedtime stories, background noise, hypnosis, and meditations. The app helps you relax into a peaceful sleep, and you can also use it as your morning alarm.
Stress Relief and Mindfulness
The Headspace app offers guided meditation and exercises to relieve stress and facilitate focus and relaxation. Their stress reduction and meditation techniques can help to improve mood, decrease aggression, assist with sleep, and even alleviate some anxiety and depression symptoms.
Happify is an uplifting app that focuses on mindful living through breaking negative patterns and learning new positive habits. The app uses a scientific approach to track your mental health. This allows you to quantify and view your history and progress. By helping users build healthy skill sets and adopt new thought patterns, Happify helps to build resilience and improve mental health one step at a time.
Although technology can be a source of stress, it also provides useful tools to reduce stress and live more mindfully. Look for the right devices and apps to help you live a healthier life.
Since we live in the digital age, it makes sense to find contemporary solutions to modern problems. These advancements mean excellent opportunities to improve our self-care habits.