Improve Your Physical and Mental Health-6 Smartphone Apps to Help

Improve Your Physical and Mental Health-6 Smartphone Apps to Help

By Cynthia Thaik, M.D.

Research shows there is an undeniable connection between your physical and mental health. Both are equally important for a better quality of life. Holistic health care practitioners, such as Dr. Cynthia at the Holistic Healing Heart Center, help you achieve optimal health through traditional and alternative medicine, nutrition coaching, sleep therapy, lifestyle management, and mindfulness. They give you strategies to help you change your behaviors to improve your physical and mental health.

One way to reinforce these strategies is by using smartphone apps. Today, we spend more time doing things on our smartphones than anything else. So why not use the time to your advantage? Here are six apps that can help improve your physical and mental health.

7-Minute Workout

For all those who want to get in shape but lead a very busy life, 7-Minute Workout is a life-saver. There is not much you need to do with this app, just have a chair and a wall handy, and spare just 7 minutes from your daily schedule. This app will show you the exercises that will keep you fit, all in the span of seven minutes. It also motivates you to perform these exercises daily because your progress is reset to zero when you miss workouts for three days in a row. Take care of your physical fitness, and this in turn will take care of your mental wellbeing. Exercising is known to stimulate chemicals in your brain that help elevate your mood.

Sleep Well Hypnosis

Are you having trouble going to sleep because there is too much stress at work? Well, here’s the perfect app to ensure that you enjoy a good night’s sleep – Sleep Well Hypnosis. Once you download this app, you can tune in to a 25-minute audio that consists of peaceful nature sounds and background music. The best part about this music is that you can loop it, and keep playing the song even when you are asleep. When you get enough sleep, you feel refreshed and energized instead of feeling tired. Sleep is also essential for your overall mental health, as sleep problems can cause a range of psychological conditions.

Sworkit

Apart from improving your physical health, exercise also has a lot of mental health benefits. Sworkit is an app that works as your very own personal trainer, and that too without paying through your nose. The app can be downloaded for free. Whether you want to work on stretching, cardio, or strengthening, Sworkit can help you out. All you need to do is input your weight, your age, and how long you want to work out for, this app will do the rest for you.

Happify

Happify is an app that helps in stress relief, defeating negative thoughts, and enhancing your optimism. Before you start using this app, you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire that asks about your health, gender, employment, age, and relationship status. This app works by sending you science-based games and activities to improve your mood. These games have been developed by experts who have been studying CBT, positive psychology, and mindfulness for years. When you are happy, you will have no trouble in taking care of your physical health.

Rover

Why not make some extra cash while you get fit? With Rover’s app, you can connect with dog walking clients. Naturally, dog walking is a great way to get exercise, and if you’re able to build a strong client base, you might even be able to turn it into your new career. In addition to the physical exercise you’ll get from walking, spending time with dogs and other pets is actually great for our mental wellness as well, improving mood and reducing stress. Whether you’re walking your own dog or someone else’s, there’s no denying you’ll reap great health benefits.

FoodSwitch

Eating healthy is a vital element for your physical and mental wellbeing. This app helps you buy healthier food items by making sure that you avoid those that have horrid additives and high sugar content. Each food product has a health star rating that lets you know how healthy the product really is. Eating healthy foods will ensure that you do not have any physical problems, which in turn will see to it that you are mentally healthy.
Use technology for a better purpose by downloading these apps that aid in your physical and mental wellbeing.

For more information about how to improve your physical and mental health, check out Dr. Cynthia’s book, Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core.

About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D. is a Harvard-trained cardiologist serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. To learn more about Dr. Thaik or the Holistic Healing Heart Center, or to schedule an appointment, please contact staff@drcynthia.com or call (818) 842-1410.