Stress & Tiredness
We’ve got a heck of a lot of information flying round our heads in these modern times. Our working lives are full of data, news, opinions, thoughts, and directives. And we don’t even escape these distractions when we get home, with our mobile devices offering us so much opportunity to discover new knowledge and engage with interesting content. As app developers, of course we welcome the improvements in technology that let us create great stuff for you to use, but we also recognise the importance of taking the time to chill out, and avoid all these distractions.
Work-related stress is a phenomenon which is accepted by many researchers to be spreading. Government campaigns have brought it to the attention of the national media, and people are now encouraged to keep an eye on their colleagues with regards to their stress levels. We’re clearly finding it hard to relax, and according to research by Credent Technologies, around 80% of employees admit to checking their work emails whilst on holiday. Other findings suggest that at least one in six UK workers suffer from stress, anxiety, and even depression.
Whilst cloud technology has been instrumental in spearheading the flexibility and dynamism of modern business, it has also had a hand in the availability of 24/7 working. This lack of separation between job and play has arguably been one of the triggers for a more work-orientated lifestyle. People are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off after leaving work, and thanks to accessible applications in the cloud, it’s easy to log on from anywhere at any time.
Not only can stress impact your home and leisure life, but it can also affect your everyday working life. It’s a vicious cycle, as poor performance can often be attributed to stress – thus, in turn, creating more pressure. Recent Government figures suggest that UK business are losing over £1 billion per year with employees taking time off, and this is mirrored by Business Environment stats that claim 28.8% of employees feel stressed at work “most or all of the time”.
OK, this is all extremely glum isn’t it? But how shall we battle this problem?
Relaxation & Meditation
Firstly, we must remember that despite the pressures of work, it’s undeniably important to appreciate the effect of rest. This rest, relaxation, and recuperation charges your body and mind for the challenges that the next day / week / month might bring. A much needed re-charge can be achieved by good sleep and nutritious food, but can also be helped through the medium of meditation. Although often portrayed as a slightly odd new-age practice, meditation is far more accessible than one might think. As with Yoga, regular meditation is becoming more popular among professionals who want to escape the relentless nature of modern business.
It is also considered to have direct health benefits, and Harvard University researchers have discovered that regular meditation can encourage “disease-fighting genes” to stay active in your body. This includes genes that help battle high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer, and infertility.
Technology For Relaxation
Despite the role of modern tech in further busying our lives, for us, developing an app that helps meditation is not entirely contradictory! Not all modern devices need to be distracting. In fact, they can offer you the chance to block everything else out and relax entirely. Dive Into Silence is an app that transforms your smartphone from a source of information into the facilitator of supreme calmness.
There’s nothing quite like disappearing into the middle of nowhere and taking in the complete silence, and if you want to close yourself off from the bustling outdoors, Dive Into Silence will allow you this opportunity.
Features of the app include:
- A timer to plan your meditation session.
- A gentle preparation bell to ease yourself into the meditation session.
- A selection of soothing bells to wake you from your meditation comfortably.
- Optional white noise background if the noise around you is invading your session.
Even just 10 minutes a day of meditation is proved to have a profound effect on your state of mind. We’re proud that by developing this app we can help people enter the perfect relaxation that can have a massive impact on their lives.
If you’d like to know more about Dive Into Silence, give us a call today on 0845 834 1008.
Exactly what I need
This is so easy. When the app opens you see the settings page. If you don’t want to make any changes you click “Save” and go on to the session page.. The settings include length of sitting and what sound to end, If you want interval sounds, you select how long an interval and what sound. You can also set a delay of 30 seconds up to a few minutes before the start bell is sounded. That way you can press “Start” and have enough time to settle into your position. I have not used that feature as I keep the tablet in front of me.
In the settings you can elect to have notification sounds disabled. No beeping for a phone call, an email or a post on Facebook!
It also has a white noise option. I have not used that feature either.
You can have music playing on a separate app and use this app.
The bells are bell chime, Tibetan bell, Tibetan gong, and Tibetan bowl. The bowl sound lingers nicely.
A. B. King on Amazon (21st September 2013)