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Modern Tools for an Age Old Malady: Gadgets and Apps to Brighten Your Mental Outlook



Modern tools for an age old malady: gadgets and apps to brighten your mental outlook

Statistically, mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people worldwide. Whether it’s a mild case of depression or a more severe condition such as bipolar disorder, there is a huge spectrum of mental health illnesses that can take hold.

If you’re worried you’re suffering from a disorder that could potentially harm you or others, it’s crucial you seek professional medical advice and help. But if a simple dive in mood and inability to relax is what you’re experiencing, technology could well be the answer. Many assume today’s modern-day technological advances are detrimental to mental health but, in this case, they can be hugely beneficial. If you’re looking to brighten your mindset and boost your chances of truly relaxing, here are some top gadgets and apps for you to try.


A true game-changer in the world of meditation, MUSE has been specifically designed to make meditation simple and easy.

A user-friendly headset complete with accompanying headphones and app, MUSE translates your brain activity into peaceful sounds. When your mind is calm, these sounds will be relatively calming but, when your brain is highly active and not truly relaxed, MUSE will increase the volume of these sounds to encourage proper meditation. It will then send your data across to the app for you to look at to track your progress and keep up-to-date on the quality of your meditation sessions.

Coloring Book for Me & Mandala

Coloring is notorious for being extremely relaxing and therapeutic, so why not use this to your advantage? Coloring Book for Me & Mandala is an innovative new app featuring a virtually endless array of colors and designs to choose from.

Whether you have a quick 10 minutes or an entire hour to spare, this app allows you to make your color creations as intricate or simple as you like. Perfect for days when you’re feeling a little anxious or stressed, Coloring Book for Me & Mandala will provide creative and fun stress relief all from the comfort of your own home!

Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds

An inability to sleep is a very common side effect for low moods and a variety of mental health issues. Insomnia is troubling at the best of times but, if you’re already experiencing anxiety, not being able to sleep can be extremely distressing.

Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds offers 25 top-quality sound recordings directly from the depths of nature specifically focused on inducing tiredness and sleep. From a thunderstorm to crackling fire to relaxing rain, this app is a current insomnia-reliever for over 3 million people. Also featuring a useful sleep timer that causes the app to fade its sound after a specific time, Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds is likely to be just what you need to finally achieve a good night’s sleep.

Feeling low at times is completely normal but, when it begins to dominate your life, it’s high-time you do something about it. By using these apps and taking proper time out for yourself, your outlook will become brighter sooner than you think!

Evan Dale is a wellness coach. He’s passionate about getting people out of their worries and enjoying life, even if just the smallest of things on the worst of days.

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