So, our office let us test a 10-week trial of guided Mindful Meditation through Meditation Works, a Troy, MI-based company. Meditation Works is a company that owns trailers that come to YOUR office and allows you to let your employees participate in a guided meditation. It was awesome to get out of the office and relax for 10 minutes. I was especially happy on the days we had Meditation Works come out and then our office also offers on-site chair massages. Those TOTALLY help with my migraines by the way! The best massages for my migraines have been trigger point massages and craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy isn’t as hocus pocus as it sounds!!!
At the end of the 10-week trial, we took a survey to see if it helped us be more mindful. I was also testing to see if it helped me with my migraines. While it did help me become about 20% more mindful than I was previously.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see a decrease in my migraines. It did lower my stress levels! So, though it didn’t help me with my migraines, it helped me be more relaxed and more mindful of my state of mind.
I’m currently trying out some apps that will help you meditate, and once I have a list of apps I like I will let you know! If you have an app you like, let me know and I will try it!!!
So it’s the new year and as usual, most people are looking to get healthier. There are all sorts of technology-based items that can help you keep you on track!
There are lots of different food diaries, exercise diaries and the like. I’ve looked at several almost all of them offer some sort of premium service. So far the one food diary that I have liked the most is My Fitness Pal. It allows you to sync your Fitbit and TONS of other devices with it. Many of the other diaries only sync with certain devices, which I think is a downfall. If you pay for the premium you can customize your macro-nutrients so you can focus on certain nutrients more than others. Recently when I was stuck at a certain weight and couldn’t seem to get it to budge I figured out the cause thanks to a Facebook group I was in. The app will work with your activity tracker and add more calories to your daily allowance. So, I thought I was able to eat a little more (not going wildly overboard but still under my allotted “extra” calories, and that’s what was doing it! Turn that feature off if you get stuck at a certain weight!!!!! My weight finally budged after that!!!
Many of you have Apple iPhones, you probably are aware of their “Health” App. Well, it’s supposed to track your sleep, mindfulness, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep. For a more detailed idea of what it can do, there is an awesome article from How to Geek here! It integrates best with, of course, the Apple watch. Unless you have a ton of money to blow on that along with the fact that the new iPhone that is coming out is supposed to be over $1,000!!!! I find it to be a giant waste of money!
The Apple Health App also integrates with My Fitness Pal for the nutrition portion of the app. It also works with some iHealth devices. They have a wireless blood pressure monitor that keeps track of your blood pressure so you can show your doctor. iHealth also sells a Smart Gluco Blood Monitoring System to test your blood sugar and you can sync it with your iPhone to keep track of that. They also sell scales.
Withings sells many devices that will sync with your phone, as we all Fitbit. Fitbit also sells scales. I have the Aria scale. It syncs with my phone and tells me my body fat percentage. Last time I got on it, my weight didn’t go down, but my body fat did. I have been working out more lately on a new regime so I can attribute my body fat going down. I don’t know how accurate the body fat calculator is on this scale, but in this case, it would seem to me that it’s working. Remember a pound is still a pound whether it’s fat or muscle, they weigh the same!!!!! Muscle just takes up less space!!!! As shown by this picture of some props that are in my office!
Now I have a Migraine app on my phone called Migraine Buddy, it’s a pretty slick program that helps you keep track of daily headaches, possible causes, what you did to or take that helped or didn’t help AND a sleep tracker. The sleep tracker is inaccurate. I was annoyed by it when I realized that it was getting it from my Apple Health App. My Fitbit sleep tracker is way more accurate. So, I thought why can’t my Fitbit tell Apple’s Health App Sleep Tracker the correct info. Well, apparently it’s not that simple! It doesn’t work yet, BUT there’s an app for that!!! It’s a $2.99 app called Sync Solver. It manually will allow you to sync all your Fitbit data to your Apple Health App. Now all of your info is in 1 App. Seems a bit ridiculous, but if you are like me someone who suffers from Migraines it’s good to have a record of all of this stuff to show my doctors because if feels like a never ending battle trying to prove to them that it isn’t JUST STRESS!
So, there are lots of new devices out there to help you keep track of your health, and help you to become a happier, healthier person.
Excellent article about headaches and migraine frequency not being low enough. I have about 5-7 migraines a month and about 3 to 4 headaches a week. Which isn’t enough for most conventional and non-conventional treatments to be given to me. I only suffer most of the month with either 5-7 migraines and on average 3 headaches (roughly 15-18 a month NOT counting the migraines). So sorry, out of luck for insurance covering anything else for me!