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November 08, 2023

CMU=You Wellbeing Series: Ways Technology and Wellbeing

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There’s no denying that technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. While it has undoubtedly transformed the way we live, work and communicate, technology can also easily feel overwhelming. However, there are actually ways to use tech to our advantage and let it improve our overall well-being. From fitness to mental health, here are ten ways in which technology can contribute to a healthier and happier you!

  1. Mental health apps and online therapy
    Technology has made mental health support more accessible than ever. With mental health apps and online therapy platforms, you can access therapy sessions, mindfulness exercises and guided meditation from the comfort of your home, fostering improved mental and emotional well-being.
  2. Fitness apps
    These tools allow us to track our workouts, set fitness goals, monitor our progress, or even create personalized workouts. No matter what a healthier and more active lifestyle looks like to you, there’s an app you can use to keep you on track.
  3. Sleep improvement apps
    It’s no secret that lack of sleep negatively affects our well-being. Sleep tracking apps can help you monitor your sleep patterns and provide insights to improve the quality of your sleep. Many of them also offer relaxation sounds and guided meditations to help you fall asleep.
  4. Online health services
    Telehealth services have bridged the gap between patients and healthcare professionals, especially for individuals in remote areas or with limited mobility. These services make it easier to get consultations via phone or video, get prescriptions without having to book a face-to-face appointment, and have instant access to your health details and medical advice. 
  5. Educational platforms
    Education has become more accessible and convenient. Whether you want to learn a new skill, pursue your passions, work on a project or expand your knowledge, you will almost always find an online course or platform that can help you with it. Not only does this contribute to your personal and professional growth, it’s also a great way to stay mentally stimulated.
  6. Meal planning apps
    One of the most crucial elements of overall well-being is a healthy and balanced diet. Maintaining this is easier than ever before with nutrition and meal planning apps that help you make informed food choices, track your nutritional intake and offer personalized meal plans. It’s also great for inspiration when you’re out of ideas for dinner!
  7. Smart and healthy home devices
    Air purifiers, smart thermostats, a water filtration system … these home devices create a healthier living environment, from improving water and air quality to reducing allergens. Consider investing in a more health-conscious space; it will be beneficial long term!
  8. Accessibility features
    Technology has significantly improved accessibility for people with disabilities. Voice recognition, screen readers and customizable interfaces make it easier for people to navigate digital platforms and access information. Of course there are still many things that can be improved, but a lot of progress has been made in the last few years.
  9. Virtual communities
    Whether you’re looking for a support community, a group of people with similar interests or just a place to connect with others, the internet offers virtual communities in almost every category imaginable. This has proven to be invaluable especially for people who seek support from others with similar life experiences, health conditions, etc. Online communities are also great if you’re looking for lifestyle advice, tips on a specific topic and so much more.
  10. Platforms to host your projects
    Modern technology has made it possible for you to share whatever you want from the comfort of your own home. The possibilities are endless! You can open your own online shop and sell your products, create a website and post your favorite pictures or write about your interests, or record videos of yourself doing your favorite activities. Do whatever brings you joy! Not only will this make you feel productive and proud of your accomplishments, but connecting with others will also give you a sense of belonging.

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