Mental health on the go: Reducing anxiety with smartphone app

Mental health on the go: Reducing anxiety with smartphone app — ScienceDaily.

Summary:

Playing a science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals, according to research. The study suggests that ‘gamifying’ a scientifically-supported intervention could offer measurable mental health and behavioral benefits for people with relatively high levels of anxiety. [from Science Daily’s site]

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Really – has it come to this?

Most everyone who uses a smartphone typically comes to love it – the versatility & portability are hard to beat. But, do we have to use our phones for everything? I suppose I get it – another tool for people to consider. Maybe something to tide a person over – until other solutions can be found. And, yes, I agree that there are those among us who won’t put down their phones, won’t come for therapy – and so this sort of thing may represent a viable option.

But, what might a user overlook?

Put the phone down – and step back

What else could we do? What occurs to me:

  • Do nothing, or close to it. Mindfulness meditation, self-hypnosis, prayer, daydreaming – none of these things require an app or device.
  • Stretching – yoga poses that elucidate calming states. No phone here, either!
  • Put your device in airplane mode for a while. Your messages and notifications will load later, and you will stay a bit more focused.
  • Take a walk. Maybe bring the dog.
  • Make plans with a friend
  • Read a book or magazine
  • Discover new music – or dig out an older playlist that soothes you.
  • Schedule and attend a professional therapeutic massage
  • Pump up your tires, adjust your seat, and pedal on a local bike trail. Bring your water bottle.
  • Take a short nap. Careful – not too long or you’ll interfere with your regular sleep routine.

Once I get going making lists, I can get on a roll – but, at some point, I want you to take the list and make a choice or two. Then make a place for it in your day. See if it makes a difference.

What works for you?

See something on the list that appeals to you? Have something that works for you in dealing with stress or anxiety? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.