MYNDSCAPE: A NEW WAY TO VISUALISE YOUR HEALTH.
The pandemic has ignited a much needed global conversation about health. A newfound heightened vigilance for our physical wellbeing aids in limiting the spread of the virus, but also has a detrimental effect on our social anxiety and mental wellbeing.
Limited human contact, a drastic change in habits, changes in physical environments and economic uncertainty has had a considerable impact on our mental health.
We use the words ‘stress or stressed’ so frequently in our day-to-day diction that sometimes the signs of high-stress levels are being overlooked. High-stress levels can include symptoms of; depression, restlessness, feeling overwhelmed, unfocused, trouble sleeping, problems with memory and the higher the cortisol level (the hormone released when you’re stressed) the less able our brains are capable of functioning properly.
As companies transition post-lockdown into a new sense of normalcy, one thing that’s not being discussed enough is how we begin to support mental health both short and long term. Organisations such as Asana
have nap rooms for staff to rest, recharge and restore throughout the day. Google
is known for their all-encompassing wellness programme which includes fitness centres on-site. Although wellness has been a core principle for leading businesses, the move to remote working means we need to adapt to supporting employee health remotely on a global scale.
How we’re hacking the problem.
Firstly we consider accessibility, and the most accessible form of health technology is via mobile applications, as there are over 3.5BN global smartphone users which is more than any other device.
After researching further into wellness apps, our team quickly understood that the biggest challenge with the current health tech available is the fact they all assume we know what our health issues are. Most require a preliminary self-diagnosis, which presents problems in being led to the incorrect treatment, especially for anxious or hypochondriac types.