Mindfulness and Preventive Health Technology
There is an increased interest among the youth towards maintaining better health. Most people in the age bracket of 15 to 24 years participate in sports or exercise daily. Also, millennials aged between 18 to 36 years believe they can eat better.
Mindfulness and preventive health technology have three foundations via which mental and physical health interact. This article highlights some of the major trends you can expect in that space.
Early Adoption of Lifestyle Changes
The concept of ‘avoiding harm than treating the consequences’ is gaining popularity in healthcare. Such an approach will also guide the demand by parents for tools that will help children adopt a better lifestyle.
There is also an increase in the use of gamification to form a relationship between various aspects of life. Experts suggest an increased demand for gamified meal plans for children and their parents.
Data suggests that an average child aged around 8 to 10 years spends more than eight hours a day with smart devices. The active number of Internet users per month in 2021 was 4.66 billion. The use of modern technology has become a chief driver for raising children and inculcating good habits.
Increased implementation of technology across various domains of healthcare is on the rise. It is especially true for preventive healthcare. The increase in avoidance of the ill effects of any disease is pushing them more to use such means.
It is cascading towards preventive dentistry too. There is an increased usage of tech to educate about the importance of preventive measures for maintaining oral hygiene.
Changing Approach to Mindfulness
The growth of health and fitness app downloads year on year is at 30%. The total time spent on such apps is also rising by 25%.
There is a significant impact of mindfulness with other preventive actions on improving a person’s sleep. Practicing mindfulness also helps lower the stress impact on our bodies. It is beneficial for dealing with health issues, like pains, aches, and any gut health problems.
The global mindfulness meditation apps market will touch more than $6.5 thousand million. When one chooses to exercise, pursue conscious dietary choices, and become conscious of their leisure activities, they get closer to achieving mindfulness.
Changing Communication Medium
There is a shift in the communication medium between a doctor and a patient. It is gradually shifting to an online medium and has its benefits. People can readily get access to the result of their tests, seek a doctor’s recommendation, get a doctor’s appointment, or undertake a virtual dental visit.
The utilization of telehealth services is more than 38 times its users before the pandemic. The digital healthcare space has a fresh inflow of funds to the tune of $ 29.1 billion. This venture capital investment is twice that of 2019’s investment levels.
The demand for platforms that seamlessly integrate all ancillary medical services is rising.
Role of Gadgets
The use of wearable devices and similar applications will increase in the days ahead to improve the quality of life of patients. The syncing of mobile apps with a patient’s health records can help the doctors track their vitals.
These can include heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, hydration, any hormonal changes, or alerts regarding menstrual cycles.
A patient can also have personalized recommendations for exercise and diet using artificial intelligence. The AI market will exhibit a growth of 41.8% CAGR leading to 2025.
The Psychological Angle
World Health Organisation defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Therefore, the use of psychological techniques is a vital aspect. It will the various components of health are in harmony.
Users can have an efficacious output when they go for products that help utilize full knowledge of the mind. A recent research report suggests that people coping with emotional distress find it easier to handle when they actively practice mental health self-care.
One of the most proven methodologies being used is cognitive-behavioral therapy, which uses a four-stage technique. Although it may sound simple and obvious for achieving goals, it includes various steps that we often miss.
The achievement of a small target helps people maintain their motivation and prepare for bigger goals.
You can see the use of this practice for various mobile apps that ask you to complete 10,000 steps a day, drink a certain amount of water, etc. The user who achieves these goals has a higher chance of achieving the ultimate rewards.
As you can see, by taking advantage of all such possibilities, we can avoid the consequences of ill-health. By predicting the health problems before they arise you can lead a better life.