For most people, stress is a part of daily life. But it doesn’t have to be. By incorporating technology, you can relieve stress and improve your overall quality of life. From helping you save money to providing expert care, here are six ways tech can improve your mental health:
1. Save Money
While you know it’s important to save money, doing so can be stressful. This explains why you might put it on the backburner. Unfortunately, not saving money means you probably won’t be prepared in the event of an emergency. But thankfully, financial institutions are making it easier to manage your money from your phone.
You can use online banking and apps from companies like Chime. The bank’s debit card works everywhere visa is accepted and unlike other banks, there are no monthly account fees or minimum balance requirements. Every time you use your debit card, Chime will round up the price to the nearest dollar. The bank will automatically transfer that rounded-up amount into your savings account. Then you don’t even have to stress about saving money.
2. Improve Sleep
Sleep is important. In fact, quality sleep is crucial to maintaining good health. But unfortunately, not many of us get enough sleep. While you might not think it’s a big deal to only get four to five hours of rest a night, it is. According to doctors, a lack of sleep can make you forgetful, cause wrinkles, impact your mood, and affect your quality of life.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, consider incorporating wearable technology to help. One device you can try is the Oura Ring. This health tracker is similar to smartwatches, as it monitors your health whenever you wear it. But Oura Ring, unlike other devices, focuses specifically on monitoring sleep quality
Oura Ring provides insight into how well you sleep throughout the night. It tracks every stage of your sleep cycle and gives your sleep a score every morning. From this information, the Oura Ring will give you tips on ways to improve your sleep quality. For example, a recommended bedtime so you get the hours you need.
3. Reduce Anxiety
You can lower your anxiety levels in lots of ways, even by playing games. That’s because when you play a game, your brain secretes dopamine, which improves your mood.
Video games, for example, are all about overcoming obstacles. Every game has a challenge and a reward when you overcome that challenge. It’s this feeling of success that can make you feel better about yourself. Plus the repetitive actions you make when playing a game puts your mind in a state of flow. Some compare that flow to what people experience while meditating.
While any type of gaming can potentially reduce stress, some games have been scientifically proven to ease an anxious mind. For instance, puzzle games like Bejewelled, Candy Crush, and Prism, have been found to reduce depression and anxiety while improving mood.
4. Receive Professional Help
The last couple of years have been challenging for most. Due to the pandemic, many doctors took their services online so they could help patients while following social distance guidelines. Because of this, there are now several applications that provide therapeutic services.
BetterHelp is one popular mental health program you can use anywhere. Once you download the app, you have access to hundreds of licensed psychologists, therapists, social workers, and counselors. You can choose who you want to talk to, and can even switch therapists if you decide you want to work with someone else. BetterHelp is 100% online so you can get the help you need regardless of where you or your therapist is located.
Another popular therapy app is TalkSpace Online. This app offers several different plans that vary in cost depending on what service you need. For example, if you become a member, you can message back and forth with a trained professional.
5. Stay in Shape
Exercising offers more benefits than an improved physical state — it can also help alleviate stress. When you work out, you release more endorphins (aka “the feel-good” chemical) that make you feel happier. You don’t have to take part in high-intensity exercise to get a boost. Even moderate exercise, like walking, can improve your mood. Exercise also increases your heart rate, which can reverse stress.
The good news is you don’t have to leave your home to work out. Workout apps are a great way to stay fit and improve your mood regardless of where you are. Apps like Sweat offer programs and workouts from professional trainers. With this app, you can schedule your exercises, receive workout reminders, and track your progress.
Another popular workout app is Alo Moves. While Alo Moves targets yoga lovers, the app offers other classes like HIT and strength training. The app lets you filter for classes based on what you want. For example, you can narrow down 30-minute workouts or 15-minute workouts. You can even filter workouts based on skill level so the class won’t be too challenging or too easy.
6. Ease Your Mind
If you suffer from anxiety and constant stress, you should consider meditation. Taking a minute to calm your mind can drastically improve your mood and ease your stress levels. Headspace is a meditation app that offers a series of guided meditation videos. You can choose the type of video you want based on your mental stressors.
For example, do you need help dealing with grief? Do you want to improve your confidence? Do you need help staying focused? There are videos for that on this app. You can even find videos to improve your sleep quality.
One of the best parts about Headspace is that each video is led by a professional in the field. Some videos are even led by celebrities, like Gwenyth Paltrow, Emma Watson, and Zach Braff.
Calm is a meditation app similar to Headspace. Not only does Calm offer guided meditation videos, but there are even sessions that teach you how to focus. And guess what? They are also led by celebrities like Lebron James.
Life is too short to be stressed. And with the tips above, you don’t have to be.