Is technology taking over in the mental well-being?

Looking at the best apps of 2018 according to Apple and also on growing trends at the CES 2019 in Las Vegas, it looks that the response to the question in the title is a clear YES. Let’s have a look.

Best Apps of 2018 according to Apple:

Fabulous – motivate me

Fabulous is a science-based app, incubated in Duke’s Behavioral Economics Lab, that will help you build healthy rituals into your life, just like an elite athlete.

Shine – self-care meditation

Shine is the self-care community for all of us. It brings daily meditations with motivational messages.

Calm – meditation and sleep stories

Sleep more. Stress less. Live better.

10% Happier – meditation

With the Ten Percent Happier app, you’ll discover guided meditations and practical teachings you can carry anywhere.

Headspace – guided meditation

Your guide to Health and Happiness. Live a healthier, happier, more well-rested life with Headspace.

#SelfCare – game for soothing, repetitive activities

#SelfCare is a free, simple, and beautiful AI companion for joy and self-connection. Let’s cuddle with our cat, light a candle, consult our Tarot cards, collect things for our altar. Let’s stay in bed.

Mend – sefl-care for breakups

Don’t go through your breakup alone. Mend is a best friend in your pocket, here for you every step of the way in your breakup journey. We’ll never tell you to just “get over your ex”.

Joyable – coached mental health

How do you make digital therapy enjoyable and effective for your employees? Simple. With 5-minute activities that are easy to do—and backed up with clinical proof.

Similar situation was at CES in Las Vegas. There were many products on display, that aim to bring more sleep, relaxation, concentration and mediation to our frantic lifestyle. For example Muse meditation and sleep headsets, also various sleep trackers and fitness trackers. 

From my point of view, there is one complete area missing  – and that is music and music making. Given all the benefits one can gain from musicking, it is hard to understand this omission. Maybe in the near future this will change. And Musicably wants to be there, even initiate such a change.

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