There’s almost no area of our daily lives that hasn’t been influenced by technology. From smartwatches to the Internet of Things to the smartphones we take with us everywhere, tech has become a fact of life.
Since technology makes things easier to automate and is with us all the time, it has gotten a negative reputation as being responsible for making us sedentary, for increasing anxiety and for promoting emotional disconnection.
However, there are many ways technology can contribute to your wellness when used properly and in moderation.
Here’s how you can use technology to improve wellness in your life:
Gratitude is a powerful vehicle for creating positive change in your life. According to the website for the app Happier, “More than 11,000 scientific studies show that developing a gratitude habit helps you feel more optimistic, sleep better, be more creative and productive, and less stressed.”
The Happier app is a gratitude journal that encourages you to record your positive thoughts and moments throughout the day in words or photos. You can choose to share these moments via the app’s social platform or keep them as a private journal.
You can also take expert-led mini-courses to help you learn to resist negativity, overcome anxiety and improve your overall satisfaction with life.
The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.
Though wellness is a multi-layered issue encompassing spiritual, mental, emotional and social dimensions, physical health is also a vital part of overall wellness. One reason many of us neglect our physical health is due to the hassle associated with going to the doctor’s office.
One app is working to eliminate all of that by allowing you to connect with top U.S. doctors right through your smartphone. The HealthTap app connects you with more than 100,000 doctors at any time of the day or night. You can get a live video consultation, share test results and get treatment recommendations.
With a doctor available for immediate consultation via your phone, there’s no longer any excuse for putting off discussing any possible health concerns you might have.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices, and the cost of the service is $99 per month.
If you’re concerned about sharing your private medical information through an online application, you should consider accessing the app through a proxy software service. It will encrypt your information and ensure your medical data remains private.
A regular meditation practice has been scientifically proven to reduce and alleviate a variety of stress and mood disorders. If you’ve never maintained a regular meditation practice, beginning a new practice can feel overwhelming.
Luckily, there are many apps on the market to assist with that. For example, the Headspace app requires just 10 minutes per day to help you learn the essentials of meditation and guide you to build a practice.
Once you’ve got the basics down, you can upgrade the app to get longer guided meditations to deepen your practice. The app is free to download and includes the Basics pack. When you want to upgrade, the cost is $12.99 per month.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
There are many ways you can use technology to support and improve your wellness. These apps are just a few examples of the many ways technology is supporting positive changes in many aspects of our lives.
- How do you use technology to support wellness in your life?
- Do you have a favorite wellness app we didn’t include in the list?
Share it with us in the comments below!
About the Author: Diamond is a writer with a passion for health and wellness. She is a regular contributor to eHealth Informer, and she loves that her work enables her to help people lead happier, more balanced lives.