Over the last few years, smartphones have become a staple of our daily lives. We use them to stay connected with our friends and family, organize our days and even pass the time when boredom strikes. Our smartphones undoubtedly have many uses, but wouldn’t it be great if we could also use them to reduce stress? After all, our everyday lives can be overcome with pressure more often than we’d like. The good news is that Rice Psychology Group has five helpful ways to reduce your stress with the help of your handy smartphone.
Stress can spin your life out of control, but with a little bit of work, we can help you find your way back towards feeling in charge of your life again.
Reminders, Reminders, Reminders…
Life is busy and chances are you’re constantly required to remember a multitude of things to do on any given day. In the past, you would make “to-do” lists, but you still had to remember to read them. Now, smartphones are designed to use GPS to help you remember important tasks! Simply set a reminder such as, “When I get home, remind me to…” and your phone will do the rest.
Last week, I put in an appointment with an address and my phone automatically notified me when I should leave the office to get there on time based on traffic! Now I’m putting reminders and locations in all of my appointments, too.Smartphones have many uses, but wouldn’t it be great if we could also use them to reduce stress? Click To Tweet
Make a Connection
Sometimes, distance and a lack of time make it difficult to maintain our closest relationships with loved ones. By using apps like Facebook or phone functions such as video chat, you can let your loved ones know that you’re there, no matter what.
Avoid the Stressful Traffic
Few things can make us agitated quicker than horrible traffic, especially when we’re on our way to an important destination. The great thing is that there are map apps designed to get you from points A to B faster! Remember to turn on the “show traffic” button and to keep your eyes on the road at all times.By using apps like Facebook or video chat, you can let your loved ones know that you’re there. Click To Tweet
…And More Reminders
We already suggested location-based reminders, but context-based reminders can additionally make things a lot easier in your daily life. Don’t want to be surprised and stressed-out by rain? No problem! Simply ask your smartphone to remind you to take an umbrella if there are storms in the forecast.
Photos Can Help, Too
Your smartphone’s camera isn’t just for selfies! Don’t want to forget where you parked the car? Snap a picture. Want to call the number on that flyer at a later time? Snap a picture. Afraid you’ll lose the business card that was just given to you? Snap a picture!Your phone’s camera isn’t just for selfies! A quick picture remind you where you parked. Click To Tweet
Take a Step Away from Stress
At Rice Psychology Group, we understand that daily life can bring along way more stress than we bargained for, but this doesn’t mean you should let it affect you or your loved ones. Our psychologists are here to help you work through any stress-related issues in a comfortable and relaxing environment designed to help you feel at ease. Contact us in Tampa today for more information about the many ways we can help you.