Technology

#PutPhoneDown

#PutPhoneDown

Our smartphones have become our lifelines, our way of staying connected.  We rely on it for everything.  We even feel anxious if we think we have lost our phone, even if it is only for a few minutes.  I admit that the first thing I do when I wake up and before I go to sleep is check my emails, texts, tweets, Facebook updates, etc. An hour later, I find myself still in bed, in my pajamas, in a very uncomfortable posture, I haven’t brushed my teeth yet and my day has not even begun!

Online Support Groups

Online Support Groups

The internet has been a great force in bringing convenience to our lives where there was none before. It helps us deposit checks without going to the bank, it allows us to get groceries without leaving the house, and we can conduct interviews with potential employees living halfway across the world without having to get on a plane (thank you, video chat!). There is no denying that the world wide web helps us to complete our tasks with ease and efficiency...

Smart Phones - How Smart Are They?

Smart Phones - How Smart Are They?

We are guilty of it too…. Using our smart phone all day, everyday! Over 55% of the Canadian population has a smart phone - but are we really that smart? What are the implications of smart phones? How do they impact our overall health and our workplace productivity?  

Consider how much time you are spending on your smart phone every day. I know that I use it both at home and at work, and am always connected....

Be Safe: A New Mental Health App

Be Safe: A New Mental Health App

We just heard about this interesting new app created by The London Service Collaborative, Mind Your Mind and CAMH called Be Safe. This app allows individuals to create a crisis safety plan, and connects individuals who are experiencing mental health and addiction challenges to resources in their community (currently only in London, Ontario). It also allows medical professionals to access a person's medical information, like medications and dosage information, in the event of a crisis when an individual cannot communicate this themselves. 

MUSE - The Brain Sensing Headband - Review

MUSE - The Brain Sensing Headband - Review

Since I started practicing mindfulness last year, I have always wished there was a way to know if I was doing it right. When practicing in a group setting, I would always look at everyone around me to see if there eyes were really closed, how they were sitting, and I would wonder what they were thinking about.  In attempts to incorporate mindfulness into my own life, I tried various apps, videos, guided meditations and tried setting practice times at specific times of day. When I would try in the evening, I would sometimes fall asleep – is that what is supposed to happen? “I was relaxed”, I would tell myself! Recently I came across this interesting new product called Muse that might be able to help answer some of my questions!

Workplace Happiness: Mood Detectors

Workplace Happiness: Mood Detectors

How far should we go to find out whether our employees are happy?

There are some new devices and technologies on the market that can detect the mood of the wearer. Using a specific algorithm, the devices or apps monitor a set of factors that give an overall rating of someone’s happiness.

Read on to find out more...