Sometimes we read that technology can add stress to our lives. Maybe we’re biased, but we say technology can help relieve stress, and even improve mental health! As we observe our annual Health Week, we’ve asked some of our coworkers how they relax. Here’s what they shared:
Einar, one of our Ops Engineers (also our resident Mindfulness expert) uses an 18th century technology called Binaural Beats. Talk about some old-school beats! This sound-based therapy relaxes your brain by listening to two slightly different pitches in each ear.
Binaural Beats are recommended for cases of anxiety, stress and insomnia. But note: Don’t listen while driving or operating heavy machinery because you might fall asleep. Pretty powerful stuff.
Einar likes Binaural Beat Builder (Android only), but there are also some similar apps available for iOS. You can find them by searching “Binaural Beats” in the Apple App Store.
As someone who recently started exploring the benefits of meditation, Benita from Business Intelligence considers herself more of a dabbler than a steady user. And, she uses something we all have on our phones already — YouTube! It’s not just for cute pet videos after all.
She describes YouTube as a great way to discover and consume different types of meditation. You’ll find videos available for better sleep, conquering fears and releasing tension. Benita recommends having an open mind and trying out different meditation videos until you find a style or genre that you like. There’s something for everyone.
Anthony, our Employee Training and Development Director, uses mindfulness as part of his daily routine. He always takes a few moments to clear his thoughts before standing in front of the classroom. He listened to meditation CDs in the past, but in the era of the smartphone, the meditation app Headspace is a major upgrade.
With easy navigation and a cartoonish UI, Anthony said you can be up and running on Headspace in no time (on both iOS and Android). It even blocks out time on your calendar to remind you to take some time for yourself. You can even turn off the notifications if they bother you. Perhaps it defeats the purpose if you’re nagged to stay mindful!
Brian, our Director of Engineering, says just “Breathe!” He’s always been a fan of the mindfulness concept, but hadn’t used any relaxation tools until he used the Breathe app on his new Apple Watch.
Apple Watch helps you breathe straight out of the box with messages like, “Be still, and bring your attention to your breath.” The screen displays an animated flower-shaped visual that shrinks and grows to guide your breath. The watch also gently vibrates when it’s time to inhale and exhale so you don’t even have to look at the screen. He rates the app a firm “Yay!” — all you need is a firm $400 to get started.
So, there you have it. Chances are your phone is already equipped with a few of these mindfulness tools, and maybe your wrist as well. So why not give it a try? You’ve got nothing to lose — except a little tension.