TORONTO – Feeling stressed, overwhelmed and finding it difficult to fit everything into the day? New apps are designed to help people pace themselves better to achieve a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.
“Day planning is a very important and under-appreciated piece of achieving wellness. It gives you a roadmap,” said Royan Kamyar, founder and chief executive officer of Owaves, based in San Diego, California.
The free app includes a 24-hour clock and lets users drag and drop activities essential to health, such as exercise, sleep, relaxation and nutrition, into the day planner to fit into the normal routine of work and play.
“Something as simple as a half hour of meditation a day is good for you to lower stress, improve memory and reduce depression. But most people will say they don’t have that time, which is usually a problem of time management,” Kamyar added.
Users can also save routines they plan to repeat regularly.
Scott Schieman, a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto in Canada who studies work stress and health, believes the apps may help people gain a greater awareness that they need to take time to unwind.
“With our minds being so cluttered with work and other responsibilities, it’s really important to plan some kind of disengagement or time away,” he said in an interview, adding that even a five-minute break can be beneficial.
“At a minimum these kinds of apps keep your mind more focused on the way you’re actually spending your time, but it might raise awareness of how little control you have of that,” he said. (Reuters)