Technology, Both a Cause and Solution for Daily Stress: Tools for Mindfulness

Stress Levels: Technology, Social Media and Mobile Phones...Oh My!

We hear it all the time: social media and technology are making us more stressed than ever. We’re stressed at work, and then we’re stressed at home. We get anxiety when we’re disconnected, so we even get stressed when we’re on vacation!

Whether or not this is actually linked to technology itself, or the constant influx of fast-paced information, the reality is that many people are feeling overwhelmed and are having trouble dealing with their stress.

Finding Stress Relief and Practicing Mindfulness with Technology

Though it may seem counterintuitive, technology can positively affect stress levels and promote mindfulness. As the focus on health and healthcare technology rapidly expands, more options for managing stress and maintaining positive mental health are becoming available.

Assess Your Mental Wellbeing with Stress Relief Apps

There are many mobile apps available for monitoring your stress and anxiety levels, allowing you to become more aware of yourself. Acknowledging your stress and really thinking about its sources, calmly and clearly, makes it easier to work with. Some apps even have built in sensors, much like fitness apps, that monitor your blood pressure. Try a stress tracking app to identify your stressors and create a plan for dealing with it.

Recommended Tools:

  • Spire is a wearable device that communicates with a partnered mobile app to help improve mindfulness.
  • PTSD Coach is aimed directly at helping users dealing with trauma through mood and symptom tracking.

Develop a Routine with Yoga and Meditation

Yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises have been proven to reduce stress, depression, and even symptoms of PTSD. Routinely practicing yoga and mindful relaxation exercises is a great way to relieve stress and focus on your wellbeing. Yoga’s popularity lends to an endless source of online videos, channels on Youtube, and apps to work with.

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Keep Up with Your Exercise Goals

There are a lot of fitness tools out there that help you track your physical performance. Physical activity greatly impacts positive mental health and fitness trackers, such as wearables that link to intuitive mobile apps, help you manage your fitness goals.

Recommended Tools:

  • TRN lets you connect with personal fitness trainers on your own time.
  • Under Armour’s UA Healthbox is a comprehensive fitness system that includes the UA Band, UA Scale and UA HeartRate monitor to offer a full-dimensional view at your health and physical performance. It’s an Internet of Things package aimed at fitness.

Use Technology to Boost Creativity and Problem-Solving

Creative expression helps boost your mood and promotes better focus. Adopting a creative hobby can help you manage stress. Now, you can use all sorts of technology to practice creative problem solving, whether it’s through digital painting or fun and challenging puzzle games. Exercising the brain is also a healthy and beneficial way to battle stress levels.

Recommended Tools:

  • Monument Valley is an award-winning puzzle game with beautiful graphics and tranquil music.
  • Breath of Life is a “meditative Zen flow puzzle game” that allows users to solve puzzles at their own pace, with no scoring, timing or unlocking. If a puzzle is too frustrating, you can choose a different one and focus on healthy problem solving.

Make Meaningful Connections with Others Online and Through Social Media

Another way to deal with stress is to talk about it with supportive people who have similar worries and experiences. Though social media can be stressful at times, communicating with others is essential to mental health and technology can facilitate that. Websites dedicated to online forums or support groups can be a great place to unwind.

Recommended Tools:

  • Facebook groups or reddit forums can be a great way to find people dealing with similar issues and vent.
  • Forums dedicated to specific things, such as mental health, can be a great place to look for support.

Relaxing Music and Ambient Sounds are Constantly at Your Fingertips

Sometimes, a little calming background music or some relaxing sounds helps people to focus. Not only are there a variety of music apps available with thousands of ambient sound options, but also a vast collection of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) communities and videos online for those who enjoy it.

Recommended Tools:

  • Spotify is a great place to find all sorts of music, especially because you can easily search playlists or create your own.
  • Apps like White Noise provide pre-selected relaxing sounds to promote relaxation and better sleep.

Ensure You’re Getting Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep is also connected with depression and anxiety levels. Although it can be difficult to sleep when you’re stressed, and mobile phones have been linked to sleep deprivation, there are trackers that promote better sleep. Technology can analyze your sleeping trends, waking you up during your lightest sleep cycles to ensure restfulness.

Recommended Tools:

  • The ŌURA ring analyzes a wearer’s sleep patterns and quality by measuring pulse, body temperature and movement and recording it in its companion app.
  • SleepBot is a free mobile app that tracks your sleep, automatically turns your phone on silent and airplane mode and offers a smart alarm so you can get the most out of your sleep. You can also share your stats online.

For more information on mobile applications, games and websites that can be built and customized for a unique need, contact a Mindgrub expert today.