How Digital Health can Improve Mindfulness & Wellbeing
With the media reporting that we are fast on our way to a digitally induced crisis, could digital tools actually improve our wellbeing? Read on to discover how to use the digital revolution to improve mindfulness and wellbeing…
The Digital Revolution
Studies show that mental health problems are at an all time high, with millennials and teenagers being among the worst affected. 40% of the population worldwide use social media every day, spending on average two hours on social platforms and apps. However, research has shown that regular use of social media can have a negative impact on mental health.
On the flip side, thousands of apps and digital tools have been developed to actually help us improve mindfulness and wellbeing. It’s possible to turn the digital revolution into a positive influence, you just have to know how…
Top Apps and Digital Tools for Wellbeing
Calm is an app that’s designed to help with mindfulness. The meditation app is designed to help you let you of stress and anxiety, bringing clarity, peacefulness and joy into your life. For anyone who has tried meditation before, you will know it takes a lot of discipline and perseverance. Calm supports your meditation, assisting you in working towards a full mediative state.
It includes a 7-21 day guided meditation programme, unguided sessions, 25+ guided meditation sessions of up to 20 minutes and helpful meditation techniques.
Something many of us struggle with is shutting off, sitting down and really relaxing. Millions of people worldwide suffer with anxiety, and MindShift helps you take charge of that. The app helps you to learn positive ways of thinking, using tools to improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety and panic as well as helping you handle conflict in your life. The key features include: strategies to help you deal with everyday anxiety, tools to help you change how you think about anxiety and support for handling stressful situations and making everyday count.
3. 30-Day Happiness Challenge
The 30-Day happiness Challenge was created to help make using social media a positive experience. While you could do the challenge without the use of social media, 30-Day Happiness encourages you to publish a post everyday, with the content featuring something that makes you happy or something that you are thankful for. You can use the hashtag #30dayshappy and see other people’s happiness posts. The challenge is designed to help you become more mindful towards all the good things you have, instead of focusing on the negatives.
4. Live Happy
This app is all about improving and increasing positive thinking. It can be great for anyone struggling with depression, or for those that generally feel demotivated and negative. The app is based on the realm of positive psychology and prompts you to engage in a variety of activities to boost your mood. You can set goals to work towards more positive thinking everyday. It also encourages you to live in the now and savour the present moment, as well as helping you to focus on your best possible self to help you move forward.
The spire wearable tracker is as beautiful to look at as it is to use. The small grey stone tracker can be fitted to your bra or belt and provides advice geared towards cognitive and emotional wellbeing. It tracks respiration patterns and body movements in order to coach you into a calmer and more productive day. The results and advice are delivered through a smartphone app which notifies you when your breathing indicates tension. It also provides daily reports on your state of mind, and provides exercises to improve your breathing and to reach a calm state.
This is the first digital therapy platform that helps people to visualise their thoughts and thinking habits and provides a revolutionary shift in the accessibility of therapy and self-management tools.SlowMo works by targeting the problematic fast thinking habits that attribute to paranoia by encouraging people to ‘slow down for a moment’, providing tips to manage upsetting thoughts. An interactive interface supports the delivery of face-to-face therapy sessions, which are complemented by a mobile application for use in daily life
The SlowMo platform is particularly unique in harnessing technology to support users to visualise and illustrate their thoughts and associated thinking habits. Thoughts are represented as bubbles, with different speeds, sizes and colours; they also reflect a range of distress and thinking habits, which makes it easy for users to understand their thoughts as something concrete. SlowMo allows people to slow down and pop their bubbles by providing tips to help them cope.
It is possible to change the impact that the digital revolution has on your life from a negative into a positive. Instead of spending several hours a day on social media, consider using a digital tool or two everyday to help you achieve mindfulness and greater wellbeing. The digital revolution is a great thing – allow it to enhance your lifestyle, rather than hinder it.