Maintaining wellness is no easy task for most people in this busy world. Between work, family, social obligations, and our phones that keep us connected to everyone everywhere at all times, it’s pretty difficult to find a few spare minutes to think about health. Now more than ever, especially in the face of this pandemic, it’s important to give ourselves protected time to take care of our mental and physical health. Wellness doesn’t have to take up a huge chunk of your time or energy—it’s 2020, people! There are great apps, gadgets, and shortcuts to help you live well without slowing you down.
We’re on our phones all the time anyway, so why not make them work for us? You can choose an app that will help you to remember to drink water; there are apps to track your sleep quality and quantity; you can choose an app specific to the type of workout you’re doing and set reminders on it so that you don’t miss class; and there are apps for each type of diet so that you can can track whatever matters to you AND find great recipes. Apps themselves aren’t new, but new apps come out every year that work better and make your life easier.
Meal replacement shakes and pills have been around for a long time. Everyone has a different motivation for taking them. Whether you’re too busy to cook, you travel a lot, or you’re trying to lose or manage your weight, there are all types of supplements out there that you can try. The best supplements focus on real vitamins, minerals, and probiotics without a ton of fillers that ultimately result in a sugar crash.
Did you know that there are transdermal patches you can use that will give you all of the nutrients you need and help you to feel satisfied and more energized? It’s not science fiction. Thrive Patch delivers high-quality nutrition via a patch for your arm that will give you long-lasting benefits. The patch is part of a plan that includes pills and shakes, as well as a workout program to help you feel your best.
Patches aren’t in themselves new technology (think nicotine patches, sea sickness patches, or patches that deliver heat to sore muscles), but using them for delivery of nutrients is. We know that our skin absorbs all sorts of things, so if you can give yourself a steady supply of amino acids, vitamins, and green tea extract for an energy boost, so much the better!
If you’re really into health gadgets, you probably already have some form of fitness tracker, a digital scale that connects to your phone, and a great blender. But this year, we need good gadgets more than ever since we’re stuck at home. From toothbrushes that connect to our phones to virtual fitness classes to a digital reader that treats lazy eye and a personal, portable defibrillator, it’s a great year for gadgets that keep your wellness front and center.
In this hectic world, there really is merit to simply resting. Sometimes, despite your to-do list, it’s important to take a break and focus on yourself. Try meditation, whether at your desk in your office for a couple of minutes or in yoga class. There are, of course, apps to help you with this slow-down effort, too, but sometimes disconnecting is a must. Exercise is also a form of rest, believe it or not. You can run, bike, swim, practice yoga, etc. as long as you’re allowing yourself the mental break of movement.
Technology is more than just our phones. It’s all of the inventions that make our lives easier, as well as connect us to our world. Technology gives us tools that we can use to help ourselves to remember to care for our health. Wellness is mental and physical, and it’s important to leverage the newest technology to benefit our wellbeing instead of allowing it to control us.