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The Future of Preventative Health and Mindfulness Technology

Key idea: Practicing mindfulness has been proven to be effective and not only works on a preventative level, but also deals with preexistent health problems. And now there is an app for that.

Original author and publication date: Victoria Repa – February 17, 2022

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Question: is mindfulness still mindfulness when everybody practices it with being mindful at all? (Think what happened to “meme”, that went from meaning “a key, transferrable cultural element” to “a hilarious image on social media”).

From the article:

In January 2021 the number of active internet users worldwide was estimated to be over 4.66 billion and there are no signs that this process will ever let up.

As a CEO of a healthcare company, I noticed that people are more and more interested in their health. Over half of Europe’s youth, age 15–24, regularly exercise or participate in sports. Among millennials (18–36), there is a common belief that they “could be eating better”, as 79% of respondents feel.

In prevention and mindfulness technology there are three foundations on which humanity’s relationship with physical or mental health will rest. Here are my expectations on the main trends…

Mindfulness
In 2020 worldwide downloads of health and fitness apps grew by 30% over 2019. Also growing, at a rate of 25%, was the total time spent on these apps.

Practicing mindfulness has been proven to be effective and not only works on a preventative level – improving one’s sleep, lowering the harmful impact stress has on our bodies – but also deals with health problems we might already have, like, aches, pains or irritable bowel syndrome.

According to a recent report, the global market for meditation and mindfulness apps will reach $6,478.5 million. Conscious dietary choices, exercise and leisure means putting self-care under the flag of mindfulness.

Psychology
According to WHO’s definition, “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. It, therefore, makes sense that psychological techniques are increasingly used, as one aspect of health stands in harmony with the others.

Users can achieve their goals more effectively when healthcare companies use the full knowledge of the mind and apply it in practice.

According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Kaiser Permanente, 48% of those polled are actively practicing mental-health self-care while seeking ways to positively cope with emotional distress related to anxiety or depression.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most proven of all, offers a four-stage method for setting goals and achieving them. This might sound like something quite simple and obvious, but often a path made up of small steps isn’t something we think about. Achieving small victories lets people maintain their motivation and psychologically serves to make a larger goal more attainable. If a mobile app, such as BetterMe: Health Coaching, keeps track of the small victories of its users, whether it be 10,000 steps per day or a week without adding sugar to food, those users have a significantly greater chance of achieving their ultimate goals.

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