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Technology and Mental Health

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Yasmin Sheikh talks about how technology can help your mental health.

I attended an event at Deloitte on this topic last week and will share my top tips from the contributors, which also includes personal experiences of employees who have a mental health issue and what works for them.

If you have a mental health condition then you will be aware that it does not put boundaries around working hours as it can affect your sleeping patterns, energy levels and ability to make decisions.

Contributors at the event stated that having a mental health issue can allow you to develop additional skills - more compassion, empathy, creativity and awareness.

We often complain about too much technology and being available 24/7 which can lead to increased stress and feeling unable to fully switch off. So what can technology do for us and how do we make it work for us so that we lead happier, more balanced and healthier lives?

How to lift your mood

Moodscope

  • Clean your teeth, wash your face, measure your mood. A daily must do.
  • Track your ups and downs on a graph to understand what gets to you.
  • Share your scores with trusted friends so they can support you. Everybody needs a buddy.

It only takes a couple of minutes.

How to achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy

Habitica

Habitica is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you.

It breaks down things which need to get done into manageable bite size tasks so that you do not feel overwhelmed and you can keep on top of life. The tasks are categorised as “habits” for example, floss teeth, “daily” for example, take medication and “to do” for example, send phone for fixing.

Exercise and sleep

Fitbit

Fitbit fits on your wrist and it is an activity tracker. It tracks your activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep.

How to manage stress and anxiety

Brain in hand

Brain in hand works by putting everything in a mental filing cabinet - tasks, events, dates, notes, solution and coping strategies. There is also a mood monitoring function which can send an alert to your buddy. Click here

The benefits for the employee

  • more independent
  • confident
  • linked to support when needed

The benefits for the employer

  • practical tool for employee
  • reductions in staff turnover
  • good habits are formed by employee

How to train your mind

Headspace

This works using proven meditation techniques to reduce anxiety and stress.

 

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