In today’s upbeat technologically thriving world, it seems that everybody and their mother is dependent on some form of computers. If it has a battery or plugs into the wall, chances are we use it all day every day. The smartphones specifically have taken over. None of us spend nearly as much time a day punching buttons into a microwave as we do staring at our little pocket communicators.
Whether you’re simply trolling others on the World Wide Web, watching hours of redundant YouTube videos, or secretly obsessing over somebody else’s photos on Instagram, our attention span always makes its way back to the cellular device. Bored? Great! Let’s spend the afternoon searching for videos about how starfish reproduce or when clowns first appeared in public. These are always great ways to unproductively pass the time.
Then there are categories of us who don’t have the time to waste. We do our best to avoid Facebook, Snapchat, or any other ego-driven nonsense. Believe it or not, some people focus on using their smartphones in a more advantageous manner. They are more driven than others- like the Chevy in the backyard. These are the people that read about what’s going on in the world. These are the people that are aware of smartphone apps that work on improving mental health and wellness in people. These are the people usually looking for growth- and they are the ones that will find it.
Aetna to the Rescue
There are tons of different websites, social media platforms, and phone apps to fill our time with, but Aetna takes the cake with their circuited creation. Recently the company was awarded the Innovations Award by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions for their illustrious development on specific phone apps that focus particularly on mental illness and overall wellbeing. Aetna has produced two of these digital tools, MindCheck and SleepRate. The first of which is a tool that checks for mental illness and the latter for chronic insomnia.
These are magnificent ideas that open the doors to so many possibilities in regards to the zombified races of people staring mindlessly at an expensive piece of plastic. With Aetna’s creation of these two specific tools, the mental health and wellness app tree can be stretched into so many branches. With chronic insomnia being addressed, you would think the ideas could expand as far as:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Certainly, there are even more mental diseases unlisted above that could reap the benefits of their app-based beginnings- that’s just the start. All these hand-eye-coordination involved apps activate different brain waves that stimulate different areas of growth. It seems abundantly clear that the possibility of channeling all this into modern medicine is already here.
Mind Games for MindCheck
Using the soon to be famous MindCheck will help many to approach mental issues that may have gone undetected or ignored for quite some time. Aetna created this simple app to help those interested to better understand the role emotional health plays in their lives. Everything this life provides us is connected- mind, body, and soul. MindCheck will help countless numbers of people to understand that mental well being is connected to physical. Looking into the introspective frequencies of our emotions, balanced or not, will shed light on a clearer reception of why we are the way we are.
MindCheck also helps to provide available resources for those that think there is an issue at hand. The beauty behind this is that the app is a helpful resource that will put a solution right into the hands of the people- it’s just a matter of whether or not they use it. Kind of like leading the horse to water and just waiting for it to drink.
Everything we do is a basic reaction to everything we observe and report. This is why there has always been chocolate and vanilla- some people are just different. So even if the horse doesn’t drink initially, at least the water is there. At least the seed has been planted for those that are looking for such. Mental stimulation is always a plus side if you can find something that sets off the spark. Some will read this or hear of Aetna’s exploits and it just may start that revelation they needed. Using these apps could very well be just what the doctor ordered.
Sleepy Time for SleepRate
As if MindCheck wasn’t already impressive enough, Aetna also has delivered SleepRate to the world of overall health and wellbeing. SleepRate is the first ever that will monitor, assess, and provide a game plan for individual sleeping patterns. Astounding! As mentioned prior, Aetna recognizes the connection between mental and physical health. Understanding that far too many people suffer from insomnia on a day to day basis with only pharmaceutical aid being offered is a problem that the digital tool aims to tackle.
The app includes a device that is worn to monitor sleeping patterns. As it does such, SleepRate will also collect data and assess the moods, thoughts, and behaviors of a person. The future is here. It’s a non-chemically binding and noninvasive way to look for a better relationship with Mr. Sandman. Better sleep, of course, means a better wake. Since it’s all connected, why not give it a shot? Some companies like Aetna are there to help us actually see another beautiful day.
Sometimes we all lose that bit of muchness that drives us. Mental illnesses such as addiction will cause us to sell the smartphone that we could be used to test drive these wellbeing apps. Often times we wind up in active addiction and can’t seem to shake the stronghold it has. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are resources to change that. If you or a loved one is struggling with chemical dependency and are ready for help, please call 1-888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. We are ready to give you any suggestions possible and set you or your loved one on a path that we can all be proud of.