5 Ways You Can Turn to Your Smartphone for Wellness

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There truly is no other compact device as helpful as a smartphone. This handheld gadget can help you in a variety of ways. With it, you have easy access to most of the things you need in order to go about your days successfully.

But apart from helping you perform your different day-to-day responsibilities, smartphones can also assist you in boosting your health and wellbeing. Here are five of the popular ways it accomplishes this important task.

1. Enjoy music wherever you go
People always say that music is powerful because it has the ability to affect your emotions. New studies actually support this claim. In tests conducted on cancer patients wherein they were made to listen to music for a certain period of time, their medical examination after that period showed an improvement in their immune system.

Aside from a boosted immune system, the patients also reported an improvement in their symptoms. Their pains diminished and nausea was more tolerable.

So, if you want to listen to music to boost your health, your smartphone makes music accessible to you at all times. You can download music files into your phone or download apps that will allow you to listen to your favorite songs online.

2. Monitor your health
There are numerous health apps you can download that can collect or record data about your physical condition, and share the information with your healthcare provider. There are also those that can provide you access to health information such as diets, workout routines, and even data on certain food.

If you wish to make some lifestyle changes to feel better, all you really have to do is to search for apps designed for that purpose, many of which are downloadable for free.

3. Count your steps
If you are one of those people who walk all the time to boost your health, you can definitely benefit from a pedometer app. This comes in free versions and they work really well in counting your steps.

Once you have downloaded the app, it will work even without Internet connection. Just strap your phone to your waistband or arm and turn on the app. The pedometer will reveal if you are walking enough in a day to burn calories and stay fit.

4. Help you sleep better
A lot of people these days actually use their phone to help them create a relaxing environment so they can sleep easier and more deeply.

There are those who download an app that plays the sound of falling rain or their preferred ambient sound through the night. Meanwhile, there are people who use an app which shows a moving image of a flickering candle (much safer than a real one) until they fall asleep.

If you use a postpaid internet package for your smartphone, you can take advantage of such apps for a more satisfying slumber. Good sleep, after all, is vital to good health. It helps your cells regenerate, and ensures you have enough energy stored for a new day.

5. Connect with the people who matter
The ease of communication that a smartphone allows can meet your need for quality time with the people whom you care about and care for you as well. In this day and age where a phone is used mainly to take care of daily responsibilities, it is easy to overlook that it also has the ability to “create togetherness” and outwork loneliness.

A short phone call to your parents or your best friend can start those endorphins flowing. With generous amounts of endorphins in your system, not only will you feel happier, you will also feel more energetic.

There are still many other ways that you can turn to your smartphone if you wish to improve your health and wellbeing. Just check and explore the different provisions for doing it and choose those programs that will help target your unique requirements. But, most importantly, being a responsible and “intentional” smartphone user is one of your first steps to wellness.

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Al-moottil P Antony is a C-Suite Executive Support Professional for Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 8 Middle Eastern and African countries.

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