5 Ways Technology Can Help You Rewind

Hummingbird
Posted November 12, 2015 from Syrian Arab Republic

Recently in one moment and suddenly, I felt overwhelmed with my fast-paced life. I started to find myself careless of matters I should pay more attention to, and caring about things that should not matter much. All of us can be caught in the cycle of our daily lives and the entangled nonstop thoughts and conversations in our heads, therefore I turned to technology to help myself calm, loose the stress and be more focus, present and mindful. Most important of all, be awake and not loose myself to the ebb and flow of everyday struggles. What I found is that technology helps a lot in the process of healing, as long as you take control and do not let it control you. Here is a list of 5 tech ideas you can use to empower your spirit and mind, and one more that is not related to technology.

Group visual healing

Few weeks ago, World Pulse community champions had an online self-care call as our good WP mentor and friend Sarah Whitten-Grigsby guided us through a relaxing visual healing. The session really helped us relax, let the stress leave us like heat waves, and relieved the tension from our shoulders and jaws.

Means of free communication that technology provide us can help in organising a healing session where a group of women can talk about their problems and consult for solutions, or for a visual healing where one guru can guide the rest in a spiritual healing journey for a certain time.

Sleep Cycle App

I was learning about our unconscious journey during our sleep, and I learned that we go through sleep cycles range from light sleep to deep sleep, and it is better for us to wake up during our light sleep phase as we will be more refreshed and active, while waking up during the deep sleep phase will make us feel that we did’t get enough sleep even if it was for 8 hours. I found a sleep time app and I downloaded on my mobile which calculates my sleep cycles and what is the best time to wake up. The app adjusts my alarm in my phone to wake me up during that time.

Meditation Apps

There are many free app to help you meditate and calm your agitation. Some apps are designed to guide you through the mediation by voice instructions and soothing background sounds, send you reminders, keep a calander of the days you meditated in and the duration of the meditation session. I use an app called Calm.

Healing hypnosis

Well, I am pretty new in this field, but I downloaded an app recently, tried the free session, and when I finished I felt empowered and there, inside myself not outside. So you can try this one out and see if it works for you. I used an app called Mindify.

Find it Online

Since the first day I tried Yoga I was hooked, but there is always the issue of time and money, so I looked it up on Youtube and I found the same 90 minutes session uploaded online with the same routine. Search the net for what you like, you might find it there.

Unplug and Reach Out Physically

This option is not related to technology. Sometimes technology itself is a headache, and many of us feel the need to just unplug to regain our real selves and do more physical interaction with the outside world. Some people deactivate their social networks when they feel consumed by the ongoing conversations taking place there. Detach yourself from the box and reach out for those who want to be present with you.

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Sarah Murali
Nov 12, 2015
Nov 12, 2015

Thank you for these helpful tips, Hummingbird! Technology is so often the sources of busyness and stress, it's nice to also remember that it can be a source of relaxation! I am excited to look into some of the apps you suggested.

Hummingbird
Nov 18, 2015
Nov 18, 2015

Thank you Sarah, I really like some of these apps like Calm, helps me not think of my day when it ends. Yes, technology can be a source of relaxation, just depends on how we use it.

Hope you find some of them helping and calming. All love <3

Nilima Raut
Nov 14, 2015
Nov 14, 2015

Hi Hummingbird,

You have closed your post with the most interesting thing to think about and you have writtent the reason for that in the begining as well. Sometimes, we need to disconnect because sometimes technology might control us if we do not use it in the right way or if we do not loose the track. I would like to try out the apps you have recommended. I also use 'Sports Tracker' to count my calories while doing light excercises. I am not a big fan of excercise and doing indoor excercise is not really motivating. But i realized self care is as much as important as doing the work for community. So i started doing a simple walk in the morning and this sports tracker is my friend. It gives the distance, time and calories details. Its the best app to watch out the calories. Oh.. I think i went on and on writing about the app. Try that ;) And thanks again for the recommendations.

Hummingbird
Nov 18, 2015
Nov 18, 2015

Thank you Nilima for your reply. I have a health app in my mobile that measure the level of stress - which I don't know how- and measure the level of my activity everyday. But sometimes I hate it because I feel that I am not in control of my own body anymore, I let the machine take care of me, other times I say maybe it is a requirement for our fast lives, to remind us to take care of ourselves. I think it depends on how you use it, but it is useful.

I will try the sports tracker app a try, thank you for recommending it. 

Dani26
Dec 07, 2015
Dec 07, 2015

Dear Hummingbird

Thanks so much for your tips on how technology can help us to relax. I use the Calm app myself and really love it - I've really noticed a difference in how I'm feeling when I meditate everyday. I also use an app called Gratitude! to note down things I am grateful for, as well as two other apps - Breathe and Worrytime (both by ReachOut) which help when I'm feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

Sending you best wishes and relaxation

Dani

Hummingbird
Dec 10, 2015
Dec 10, 2015

Dear Dani,

It is really amazing how technology can distract us and at the same time can make us focus, like many things in our lives, it is not what we have, it is our choice of what to do with it. Thank you for the apps recommendation, I will certainly try them.

Wishing you a relaxed, focused and balanced life.