Wednesday 4th November was National Stress Awareness day. Did you notice? Let’s be honest, you probably didn’t even notice even though 2020 has been an uncommonly stressful year. Taking care of your mental health and managing stress has never been more important than it is right now. Whilst technology is often cited as a cause of stress, it can also be a powerful antidote when used in the right way. We’ve come up with a few ways technology can help you maintain a clear and calm mind.
Modern technology and the art of meditation may seem like strange bedfellows but hear us out. Let’s say you want to give meditation a try but don’t know where to start. There are millions of free guided meditations on YouTube to get you started, or you could download an app. The Calm App is one of the most popular options out there and offers meditations centred around a variety of themes including stress management, relationships and self-esteem.
Exercise is a very powerful stress buster. Moving your body gives you a huge boost of feel-good hormones, improves cognitive function and helps you to sleep better. You don’t need a fancy gym or a lot of equipment to get active, but fitness apps can help. The FitOn app is completely free and has thousands of live and pre-recorded workouts, so you’re bound to find something you enjoy. If you want to give running a go, the NHS Couch to 5k podcast can help you to get started. For staying motivated, you should use your phone calendar to schedule in your workouts, as research shows that this makes you far more likely to stick to your exercise regime.
A lack of organisation can make stress ten times worse. Fortunately, technology has made it easier than ever to stay on top of things. Consider using project management software like ClickUp that allows you to prioritise your tasks and create more efficient workflows. Take advantage of Google Calendars too and take the time to schedule in all of your events and meetings so that you can plan ahead.
If you’re stressed out about working from home, don’t neglect your breaks. In the long run, regular breaks actually make you more productive, so take advantage of your tech and schedule them in. If you own a smartwatch, you can set it to remind you to get up and move around at regular intervals. Even five minutes away from the screen can give you a much-needed boost. Screen time apps can also help prevent you from overdoing it and maintain a work-life balance, which is essential for stress-management.
The right pair of headphones can work wonders for stress. Noise-cancellation is a real blessing if you’re trying to work or unwind in a noisy environment. Simply pop your headphones on and listen to your favourite tunes or a guided meditation. Bliss!