Embracing new technology has changed our access to work, productivity, and even our stress levels. However, technology can help our lives as much or more than it complicates them. Innovations are changing how we relax and take care of ourselves for the better.
Self-care technologies include everything from computer and smartphone applications to specialized gadgets, all of which are designed to remind us to take a real break during our down-time.
1. Meditation Applications
Meditation helps us to clear our minds, as we banish feelings of stress and anxiety. Over time and with enough practice, meditation can even alter our minds so that we experience less fear and pain overall, thus decreasing the negative effects of stress in our lives.
If meditation has any drawbacks, it’s how difficult it can be to get started on our own. This is where meditation applications are useful. These applications help you to create and practice a regular routine of meditation that can lead to stronger mental health and long-term relaxation.
2. At-Home Spa Service
Spa services often represent the height of relaxation and self-care. However, in most cases, going to a spa is an occasional and special event. It requires appointments and generally takes up one of our days off when the time we really need spa service is at the end of a long workday.
That’s where technology can help our relaxation goals. A spa day can become a household self-care habit with the use of a few gadgets. Treat yourself to a handheld massage for some much-needed muscle relaxation, turn on a smooth playlist using a conveniently portable Bluetooth speaker, and add a face mask to help you feel rejuvenated all over.
3. Habit Tracking
While it might not be as glamorous as other self-care methods, good health is one of the most caring and beneficial things you can do for yourself. Good health might include workout and fitness tracking, drinking plenty of water, or monitoring your diet so that you eat only those things that help you to feel your best.
Habit tracking applications are a particular technological blessing. They help us to stay on track and increase the consistency of good habits that we want to cultivate while also breaking bad habits we’d do better without. Nor is habit tracking just for health and nutrition. Habit tracking can also help us to stay focused on other hobbies that help us enjoy a full life, such as art, music, journaling, or skills development.
4. Digital Journaling
Speaking of journaling, this is one simple practice that is extremely beneficial to mental health and self-esteem. While not everyone jives with the old-fashioned form of journaling where you put pen to paper, digital-journaling and digital-scrapbooking offer similar mental health benefits at a more accessible learning curve. A digital journal can help you to prioritize an organization, keep your memories safe, and annotate your own life for greater meaning and personal understanding.
5. Mood Tracking
Similar to journaling, mood tracking can help you to identify patterns in the way you feel and behave. Mood tracking helps you to figure out what makes your good days feel good, as well as what makes your other days feel more difficult. While we might immediately jump to a record of the day’s events, which may alter our moods, there are additional factors.
Mood tracking helps us to understand the underlying factors which influence how we feel about or react to these events, such as how much sleep we were able to get, how much alcohol, caffeine, or sugar we may have consumed, hormonal cycles, our level of activity, and socialization with friends and family.
6. Sleep Cycles
Ever since we discovered the detrimental effects that blue light from technology and screen can have on our precious late-night sleep needs, technological innovations have come a long way toward helping us develop healthy sleep cycles.
These innovations are extremely welcome, since sleep cycles influence so much of our behavior, from our energy levels and ability to focus on our metabolism and weight retention. Not only have technology companies managed to create night modes that allow blue-light filtering, but innovations have also been developed to help with effective sleep tracking and the use of white noise to help us get better sleep.
7. Make it Your Goal to Enjoy Nature
Getting into nature can be some of the most self-care we can give ourselves. However, day-to-day life usually trains us to be objective-oriented, which can make it difficult to enjoy self-care activities that don’t offer tangible metrics.
One way to get over this hangs while you enjoy the good old outdoors is to set for yourself new healthy goals, such as hiking goals or enjoying a nature walk with a photography scavenger hunt. Goals such as these will force you to observe and focus on your environment. Making self-care a goal like this will give you a sense of accomplishment to make you feel good about the time you spend.