If it seems like technology is everywhere nowadays, you are probably right but that does not have to be a bad thing. In fact, most technology is made to improve your life. You can already talk to people all over the world in real-time, see your loved ones that live thousands of miles away, and you can even work, shop, and go to school with the help of technology. So why would you be surprised if it also helps with your mental health?
Already, there are technological advancements for talking to your therapist online and you may have heard of the new wearables that are aimed at helping us with our mental health as well. Some of them are not actually new but have not been made available to the public until recently. For instance, artificial intelligence (AI) has been being used for many things like smart houses and robotic machines used in all types of industries. Here are the top five gadgets that will help you enhance your mental health:
1. Virtual Reality Headset
This technique has already been in use by professionals for over 20 years. As the use of virtual reality (VR) headsets become more patient-friendly, we are able to start using them on our own. One of these days. Right now, you will still need to see your therapist for real treatment. However, there are some VR headsets on the market now that can do just about the same things as the professional ones do. What they do is expose you to certain images or feelings that can help diagnose a mental condition and can even be used to desensitize you to phobias. For example, one who is afraid of spiders (arachnophobia) can use the VR headset to expose themselves to these eight-legged creatures a little at a time to help get over the fear. However, for now, it is best to do this under the care of a therapist.
This device is a small gadget you clip onto your clothing that can help you sit in the correct posture and can even help destress you. By tracking your breathing and posture, the Prana can give you direction over a smartphone app connected to the gadget. The app tells you how you are doing and gives you tips on how you can improve your breathing, your posture, and your mood.
The Feel band is like a smartwatch you wear on your wrist that can track your mood through blood volume, heart rate, breathing, skin temperature, and movements. It can actually detect your moods such as happiness, sadness, anger, and stress with electrodermal activity measurement. You can track your moods through the app and get tips on how to improve your mood. This is still in the introductory and testing phase but it sure has excellent ratings so far.
4. Elf Emmit
Just the name of this new tech gadget seems promising, right? After all, elves are full of magic, right? The Elf Emmit wearable is a band you wear around the back of your head that is attached to your phone. It emits ultra-low frequency electromagnetic pulses through an electromagnetic coil, which train your brain to emit the correct amount of brainwaves for whatever you need. For example, if you are having trouble sleeping, program it to 2 Hz and it will send your brain the magnetic pulses for that Hz until you are asleep, and the brain takes over on its own. If you need help concentrating on a project at work, use 19 Hz, which are fast waves to help nudge your brain into action. This is all approved by the FDA and although it is new, the results are very promising already.
For those on the autism, spectrum life can be tough. With Reveal, the anxiety your child feels can be sensed through an algorithm. This measures and tracks the wearer’s body temperature and heart rate to let you know when your child is beginning to feel anxious so you can get them out of the situation they are in. This wearable helps you keep an eye on your child’s moods through your phone’s app since they are unable to let you know when they are feeling anxious. It is still in the experimental phase but has good results so far.
Another way that technology can help you enhance your mental health is with online therapy. We are all busy people and do not really have time to schedule an appointment and take time off work to see a therapist. Why not do it online with betterhelp.com? You do not need an appointment and do not even need to leave the house.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.