The jury is in and unfortunately, the rumors are true: spending too much time on your screens is bad for your health. However, this does not mean that you need to throw away your phone and laptop to live a better life. Quite the contrary, you could even use them to help you have a happier and relatively stress-free one.
The internet is chock full of apps that make your glass screens health-friendly. You just have to know exactly what you’re looking for before you start searching for them. These here are five such types of apps, and why you might need them.
Useful Organization Apps
Most smartphones come with a built-in calendar, notepad, and alarm clock app. Usually crude and basic, these apps usually get the job done whenever you need them. But if you need more functionality, then you might want to download a few other apps.
As such, every phone should have at least a to-do list app and a money management app. In addition to the common function of to-do lists, these apps can usually double as a recurring and editable grocery list, as well. Meanwhile, money management apps track where your spending goes. They can help you track your budget, showing you where you might be overspending and aiding you in making budget plans.
Eye Break Reminders
Be it bright light or overfocused eyes, you could get eyestrain and migraines by staring on a screen for far too long. The eyes can feel sore, tired, and slightly more sensitive to the changes in brightness of your surroundings.
Eye break reminders help ease the eyes by telling you to take a break using the 20-20-20 rule. This means you should look at an object 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Doing this relieves you from eye strain and prevents your eyes from getting too tired.
Blue Screen Filters
While on the topic of eyes, you may also want to avoid blue light when you are about to sleep. Back in the day, you would need a physical screen filter for your personal computer monitor, especially when you can’t lower your brightness levels to a point.
Nowadays, you can get screen filter applications that not only adjust your screen’s color and brightness but also automatically set them to a certain level during different parts of the day. In a way, they mimic how the sun’s rays change in color in response to your body clock.
Screen filters usually filter out blue light, which your body uses as a visual cue for night and day. Seeing blue light makes your body suppress a sleep hormone called melatonin. This hormone puts you to sleep. However, you may want to set this up on all your devices so you can signal your body for sleep-time hours before bed.
Fitness Trackers and Workout Apps
As something that you always have on hand or pocket wherever you go, smartphones work great as a tracker for workout progress. Some apps use your phone’s GPS and accelerometers to measure how many steps you’ve made over a run as a pedometer would. Others have programmable timers for doing reps and sets. Still, the best apps would have a combination of both to help you save on app storage.
Meanwhile, some apps have pre-programmed workout routines that you could follow. These usually consider your experience when suggesting one. So if you’re new to working out, then you could start with beginner-level routines and train until you become strong enough to do harder yet more effective ones.
With a webcam, microphone, and proper internet connection, you can even get a doctor’s consultation through a video call. Telehealth saves you the time and effort of waiting in a doctor’s office by scheduling you with a telehealth physician who would give you an online “visit” at exactly that time.
This also works for mental health clinics, like Mission Harbor Behavioral Health, where you don’t need to go to a physical clinic to see a counselor. With so many people struggling with mental illness, especially in these uncertain times, having access to trained mental health professionals can help them get the much-needed care they deserve.
Living Your Best Life with Tech
Many people are understandably wary of new technology, especially with all of the new research both supporting it and lambasting it. Nevertheless, it’s no secret that apps have helped us streamline our lives to make it easier for us. By introducing these five novel technologies, you too can start to live your very best life, as well!