Last week in A Healthy Relationship With Technology, I discussed some of the health pitfalls associated with technology. However, there are many advantages to technology, including some potential health benefits. This week I’ll discuss some of my favorite health-enhancing apps and devices. (Note: I have nothing to declare regarding these items. I receive no money or products or anything from the manufacturers.)
Calm – Calm is an app for meditation and mindfulness. There are many other really good mediation apps (Headspace is another favorite). I like Calm because of its sleep stories. This feature helps me sleep when I get an occasional sleepless night. I use Calm daily for its mindfulness and meditation tools. It has levels for all users.
FitBit – FitBit is an activity tracker. My device monitors my activity, exercise, sleep, etc. When I sit for 50 minutes, it reminds me to get moving.
Screen Time – This is my favorite feature on my iPhone. It tells me how much time I’ve spent on the phone. It was eye opening. You can set limits through this feature, which is great if you can’t stop grabbing your phone.
WeCroak – The WeCroak app is inspired by a Bhutanese folk saying: to be a happy person, one must contemplate death five times daily. This helps my emotional and spiritual health, reminding me to keep my perspective.
YouTube – Want to learn how to do a proper plank? Try YouTube.
Hope this helps. However, don’t spend too much time on these sites. The point is to get healthier, not to sit more!
I’ll end with my favorite quote from WeCroak: “Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you,” – Welcome to Night Vale