Self care looks different to everyone, and mental health should be taken seriously. Apps to help people relax are a dime a dozen -- and range from simple breathing exercises to help with political fatigue -- so it's about finding the right one for you.
The entire premise of #SelfCare is your avatar staying in a fluffy, pastel-themed bedroom all day. There's no goal of winning, losing, or overcoming challenges in the app, just the ability to personalize a virtual safe space. With the app, a quiet, gentle voice guides users through the relaxation activities with encouraging messages.
The more time spent on #SelfCare doing breathing exercises or playing short games unlocks simple small tasks. You can eventually play with a sleepy cat, water a plant, or light a candle.
The app also hopes to relieve some of the stress caused by other apps on a person's smartphone. The time we spend looking at our phones, especially social media, is increasing. A 2017 study conducted by Mediakix found that people's projected social media usage over a lifetime adds up to five years.
With users logging upwards of 75 minutes a day on social media like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, it's understandable that we might get stressed. Social media can be a constant stream of negativity -- about issues as big as world peace and those as close to home as body image.
While we can't always stay in bed on bad days, the #SelfCare app strives to create a beautifully rendered space on a device that's generally always with us. While providing a distraction from our thoughts, the app also teaches self care and relaxation skills.
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- The #SelfCare app provides users a virtual safe space to perform small tasks like petting a cat, watering a plant, or breathing exercises.
- Though it lives on the user's phone, of course, it allows a moment to leave social media for a few minutes.
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