World Mental Health Day: How Apple Made Wellness Priority In All-New Updates
RIYAD: How much would you be willing to give up in order to earn a lifetime of emotional well-being in front of you? While it doesn’t cost that much to reap the benefits, more and more people are willing to take or find the time to invest in their minds.
We live in an age of easily accessible distractions, and the protracted nature of the pandemic has made us even more reliant on technology. Although this alleviated the difficulties of repeated blockages; we’ve grown into unproductive tech habits, and our phones have become a magnet for us to check for missed work emails or the latest news, or even social media updates. The pandemic has increased our dependence on technology, but like food intake, planned consumption can help. According to research, the average individual spends more than five hours a day on a device. Someone who works or learns at home, much more.
While difficult to identify or visibly quantify with medical readings, mental health affects a person’s overall well-being and stability. And as tech companies are increasingly criticized for their role, real or perceived, in degrading our mental health, there is pressure to find solutions.
To this end, Apple already has a full line that promotes good health, including Apple Watch, Apple Fitness + and the Health app, but it looks like the tech giant is placing even more emphasis on well-being and health. especially to mental health with new features. Some of you may already be familiar with some of the existing “feel-good” features like Screen Time, an iPhone app that keeps tabs on how much time a user spends on their device, and Breathe, an Apple Watch app. which guides users through a brief deep breathing exercise.
Here we highlight for you new health and wellness features related to iPhone and Apple Watch that will help you keep your sanity!
Apple’s latest operating system brings “new ways to stay connected and powerful features that help users focus, explore and do more with intelligence on the device.” This brings major updates to FaceTime, a new “Focus” feature to reduce distractions, and more ways to explore the world using Maps, Weather, and Wallet.
“Focus is a new feature that filters notifications and apps based on what a user wants to focus on. Customers can configure their device to help them be in the moment by creating a Custom Focus or selecting a Suggested Focus, which uses the intelligence of the device to suggest which people and apps are allowed to notify them, ”explains Apple.
Apple also revealed a new notifications experience that lets you filter notifications based on their importance to each user. Among the new features, Apple says, “To help reduce distractions, a new Notifications Summary collects non-urgent notifications for delivery at a more convenient time, such as morning and evening. Using on-device intelligence, notifications are prioritized with the most relevant notifications coming first and based on a user’s interactions with the apps. Urgent messages will be delivered immediately, so important communications won’t end up in the summary, and it’s easy to temporarily turn off any app or messaging thread for the next hour or day.
Health for the whole family
The Health app already lets you set up emergency contacts and write down important information like your blood type, allergies, heart health, and sleep. Now you will be able to share this data with your family thanks to a “new sharing tab that allows users to share their health data with family members, caregivers or a care team”. It should give you some peace of mind.
Apple Watch users will be excited to hear updates that offer “better access with Wallet, more capabilities with the Home app, new workout types and an updated Breathe app.”
Apple Fitness + is an amazing personal trainer on your wrist, but two new types of workouts are designed to make it even better for your body and mind. Tai Chi and Pilates are popular practices for balance, breathing and boosting mood. Apple says, “These new types of training are supported by powerful, validated and customized heart rate and motion algorithms to provide users with accurate measurements.”
Breathe and think
Apple Watch users will be familiar with the Breathe app, but going forward it should become a whole new mindfulness offering. “Now more than ever, people recognize the importance of finding small moments in their day to be more attentive. In watchOS 8, the Breathe app becomes the Mindfulness app, with an enhanced Breathe experience, as well as a new one. session type, Reflect.
Like Breathe, Reflect lasts for a minute, but instead of just stopping to inhale and exhale, the app will ask a thoughtful and stimulating question designed to remove distractions from around you and help you feel centered and refreshed, by example: “Reflect on something you are grateful for and think about why you appreciate it so much”.
Sleep respiratory rate
You can already track your sleep and heart rate, but the new software will help users achieve more of their sleep goals by tracking respiratory rate during sleep, which is the number of breaths per minute.