Your Smartphone Is An Antidepressant?
The newest antidepressant on the market to help deal with depression and anxiety may very well be. . .your smartphone. These days “phones” can do a whole lot more than just make phone calls.
With all the talk about mindfulness meditation as a way to keep oneself centered in the present, meditation videos can be helpful with performing this activity. All you need is twenty minutes a day do listen to the video while you relax and clear your mind of the day’s troubles. By keeping yourself centered in the present you will lessen any anxiety about what tomorrow holds, not to mention let go of any troubles that happened yesterday (the common issue with depression. You can find most meditation videos on YouTube. You can also find inspirational apps that you can download and read throughout the day to help keep you motivated. The list is too many to name but Daily Bible Verse is one example. There are also other Bible Apps and inspirational quotes as well that are guaranteed to help get you through your day with quotes from renowned motivational speakers around the world and even in the grave.
E-Reading To Boost Mood
You can read literature on various e-book reader apps such as Kindle, Nook, and Google Play Books. Reading is known to be a fundamental activity and there are many inspirational pieces out there that you can spend a few minutes reading a chapter a day to help motivate you. The Bible is one example with its beautiful poetic Psalms and timeless wisdom from the Book of Proverbs. There are also countless devotional books, contemporary and classic alike, that are available for purchase either through Amazon or Google.
Music To Get In Touch
Music has a way of softening the soul and helping a person to relax. Studies show that people who engage in the arts, including music, are often more in tune with their emotions and life in general. This is because it helps them to relax. Some jobs you can even plug your phone in and listen to music all day. Listening to music has a way of motivating people and even brings people together. There are countless music apps out there, from Pandora, TuneIn, to IHeart Media.
If you are looking for personal sessions and 1-1 counseling, there are even a few apps for those. These usually come at a subscription basis. There is even a texting hotline through dosomething.org; all you do is text START to 741741. Although social interaction is better in these two areas, this is still good when you have a few minutes during your busy workday and just want to use them to share your burdens with someone.
It is even possible in this technological day and age to find an app that will help you chart your moods. Just answer a few basic questions and it will give you an idea of where your mood is at or remind you of when to take your medication if you take anything to help with anxiety and depression.
Games Can Help Too
There are also the game apps which the vast majority of people are addicted to. However, playing a game is one of the best ways to take your mind off of your daily anxieties and release some of that pent up negative energy that is weighing you down and causing you to feel depressed. You can also meet people in the game rooms and chat with them. You may even call the person or talk via video chat and eventually meet your new friends in person so it won’t be just an online friends anymore. This is also the same basis for messenger apps where you can connect 1-1, or in groups, through a personal message box with friends on sites like Facebook.
Are you getting the picture? Thanks to modern technology you can now do more with phones than just make calls. They are basically little handheld computers where you can connect with people from all over the world or perform virtually any activity from reading to playing games. For those who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, and bipolar, there are also the mood tracking and counseling apps and even inspirational apps to help jumpstart your day.
- Erwin Bishop
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