Mental Wellness And Technology

Constantly monitoring the body’s various biometrics can make us feel great, but also increase our anxiety levels, as they provide real-time data and feedback to us.

So much data appears to be mind-boggling but can provide us valuable insights to ward off potential problems that lead to high blood pressure, depression and obesity.

Apart from physical biometrics, new wearables also measure our mental wellness, and look for causes of chronic stress and burnout, proving that data can be a friend.

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Do Mindfulness and Health Trackers Mix? Deepak Chopra and Fitbit CEO James Park on Managing Stress With Data

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Today’s smartwatches and health trackers that measure steps, heartbeat, skin temperature and oxygen levels in the body are a USD 80 billion industry.

  • These new technologies claim to help us monitor and improve our physical, mental and emotional health, making us aware of our sleep quality, physical activity and even stress.
  • Digital logging of our body’s emotional health is similar to a mood journal, that helps us identify triggers and patterns.

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The productivity addict

Gone are the years where most people used Post-it notes or email flags to prioritise tasks.

The tools we use to track our performance at work have crossed into our personal lives and have the potential to control us. It may be time to rethink whether tracking and uploading tasks into various apps is really the path to success.

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Why relying on productivity tools can backfire

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Mindfulness meditation made easy!
Settle in
  • Find a quiet space. Using a cushion or chair, sit up straight but not stiff; allow your head and shoulders to rest comfortably; place your hands on the tops of your legs with upper arms at your side.
Now breathe
  • Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and relax. Feel the fall and rise of your chest and the expansion and contraction of your belly. With each breath notice the coolness as it enters and the warmth as it exits. Don't control the breath but follow its natural flow.
Stay focused
  • Thoughts will try to pull your attention away from the breath. Notice them, but don't pass judgment. Gently return your focus to your breath. Some people count their breaths as a way to stay focused.
Take 10
  • A daily practice will provide the most benefits. It can be 10 minutes per day, however, 20 minutes twice a day is often recommended for maximum benefit.

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Less stress, clearer thoughts with mindfulness meditation

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Working At Own Digital Wellness.

Zoom Fatigue. Distraction. Burnout. For many of us, digital overwhelm is all around. The pressures of remote work are all too familiar.

While we know that technology will continue to be an integral and ever-present part of our everyday lives, we do have some control over how we use it to digitally flourish, rather than flail in the midst of distraction. By cultivating our own digital wellness, we can leverage technology for its best and highest purposes and begin to shape the future with the choices that we make today.

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How Technology Can Be Part of a Happy Life

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