Happy apps

Physical health-wise, tech’s pretty much got most things covered; from sleep quality and steps taken to calories burnt during a workout. 

But what good is a super-fit body when your mind’s not putting in its peak performance?

Stress affects nearly 80% of the population. Imagine if that was an actual physical disease? We’d be, well, stressing even more. 

Tech gets emotional
Thankfully, for those of us suffering from stress, anxiety and even depression, science has set us in its sights and new developments – from downloadable apps to wearable tech – are emerging, dedicated to helping us in our pursuit of much-deserved happiness.

Where’s your head at?
There are already mood-enhancing apps on the market proving highly popular. For example, Headspace, described as ‘your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind’. It’s fundamentally an introduction to meditation on the go, adaptable to your lifestyle, and featuring a series of exercises to help you live better, worry less and smile more. What’s more, it’s totally free.

In the mood
For those suffering from depression or more serious psychological conditions, ‘mood tracking’ apps (or ‘mood diaries’) are proving pretty successful in helping sufferers understand triggers both positive and negative. Is their medication helping them? Are post-therapy hours content ones? Here at psyberguide, an expert reviews some of the mood diary apps available for those whose state of mental health goes beyond a bad day at the office. 

A brighter future
One of the most exciting (but not yet on sale) developments in mood-enhancing tech is the Zenta bracelet by Vinaya – the world’s first biometric-sensing wearable for body and mind. The piece of elegant jewellery is capable of all the usual smart basics, but uses physiological cues such as heart rate and oxygen levels for ‘emotional tracking’. The profile it builds for you will help you understand your emotional wellbeing – when are you happiest? What renders you overwhelmed? And then you can make life changes according to the data collated. 

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