This weekend, I’m going on a trip to California. It’s my first time on the West Coast, the first time I will ever see the Pacific Ocean and Redwood forests. I’m excited beyond measure, because one of the things I love to do most is travel.
There’s an app for everything, even for improving mental health. However, with so many options available, how can someone know which is best? Make sure to always check reviews, testimonials and even ask doctors for recommendations. Most people are attached to their phones 24/7, so it’s wise to make use of that dependence and download an app or two that can improve mental health.
There’s a variety of different quality apps available, some are backed by professionals, and others are more user-friendly than the rest. Choose one based on comfort and credentials for the best results. Here are four of the leading apps geared towards mental wellness.
This might not seem like a mental health app at first blush, but it certainly is. This app utilizing deep breathing techniques to help users fight anxiety and stress, but it doesn’t just provide advice. There’s a very user-friendly interface that can actually monitor breathing patterns and provide real feedback. Breath control is a natural, very effective way to address mental health issues.
2. eCBT Calm
Based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this app provides a bevy of tips for using relaxation techniques to help with stress, anxiety and even minor panic attacks. It’s scientifically backed, regularly updated and there are methods for every person. When put on a smartphones home screen, it’s an easy way to remind people to check in with their mental health throughout the day.
3. Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a great tool to help someone go to sleep and sleep soundly. Sleep is paramount for a holistic healthy life, and Andrew Johnson’s soothing voice helps users practice the tools they need to sleep without the aid of medication. It also includes an alarm clock that gradually wakes the mind, so that users can start each day refreshed and on a peaceful note.
4. Magic Window–Living Pictures
While this isn’t technically marketed as a mental health app, many research studies show that looking at nature (even virtually) can reduce stress and induce a calmness. Taking a break throughout the day to look at soothing natural photos is a great way to force someone’s mind off those TPS reports waiting to be filed. Instead of reaching for the pot of coffee or browsing Facebook, spend a few moments being whisked away to jungles or beaches by way of this app.
No app can do it all, but these can certainly provide avenues for a healthier mind–and life. Try out other online mental health resources to make a daily mental checkup easy.
Most of us can agree that when traveling for work or when taking a vacation, it is definitely not about the journey and all about the destination. Planning, organizing, and coordinating a trip can make many of us trip out and possibly loose a few hairs, but the website Tripit, has come to our rescue and helps us keep the hairs on our head and our much needed sanity.
Cars are becoming more and more independent from the driver and although we are clearly ready within technology are we truly ready as drivers to walk away when our cars are still moving? At CES this year the automotive motor company, Audi unveiled its self-piloting car, one in which you can use your smartphone to park your car without any further instructions besides a touch of an app.
The bent head, the lifted arm, the intense focus in the eyes, the face bathed in a slightly blue glow—this is becoming the new familiar—the tech savvy customer, strolling down the street or through a store, smartphone or tablet in hand, ready to scan barcodes and search Yelp reviews at a moment’s notice. They’re here to stay, and the best way to keep them coming back to your business is to reward them and their technological proficiency. Here are a few great ways to use technology to provide the ultimate customer satisfaction:
1. Discounts at Their Fingertips
Take advantage of the siren song of the sale by using a website like Coupon Sherpa. The site’s mobile app notifies shoppers of coupons available in their vicinity making it a great way to get a passing customer off the street and in your store. Once inside, there’s no need to print a coupon, let their phone and your POS scanner do all the work. Customers will love getting a hassle free discount.
2. Long Live the Loyalty Card
There’s no business like return business. By all accounting, return customers spend more money, and generate more word of mouth sales that any other type of customer. So show your loyal shoppers you care by giving them easier access to your loyalty program discounts. Rezoop will show you how. Their easy to navigate website is free to use, and allows companies to design a digital rewards program to their unique specifications. Rezoop then issues a bar code which can be placed at point of sale for shoppers to scan with their handheld device. No more easy-to-lose, expensive-to-produce stamp cards, no fees, no frustrated customers wondering why they need to divulge personal information to a sales clerk. Everyone wins.
3. Contests are for Winners
Winning a contest creates customer loyalty and brand affection, and online contests are a simple and free way to provide customers with the chance to win products or services you may have already been willing to give away for free. Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube are all great venues for online competitions and giveaways, and since customers carry their internet with them everywhere they go, online events can be promoted in store, and customers can participate while they shop.
4. Extra Credit for Referrals
Encourage loyal customers to make referrals and give new customers reduced rate incentives using PostcardMania. This site can be employed by individual companies to create unique referral rewards programs, and provides postcards with tear-off referrals to give to customers, making it easy for anyone to participate. PostcardMania also uses social media to market these rewards programs, and when a customer shares a PostcardMania blog post, they are eligible for a monetary reward in the form of credit. PostcardMania is a great way to show customers, old and new, that their business is highly-valued.
With the cost of health insurance increasing and many people going without insurance at all, medical apps can be a lot of help. Although they do not take the place of visiting a health care professional, they can give you confidence in dealing with a sick baby or finding healthy ideas for weight loss.