Technology is often the cause of a lot of the stress in our lives. The internet, TV, and other media bombard our minds with information. We lose ourselves in this fast-paced world. We become mindless. And ultimately, the mind is damaged as it takes in far too much information.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that technology can also be used for good.
Over the past few years we’ve seen a steady stream of new meditation apps, meditation pods, and other technology that is designed to help you to relax.
One of the newest innovations in technology is virtual reality (VR).
Despite the fact that VR, as an idea, has been around since 1958, we are still only breaking the surface of the technology today. Over the past ten years we’ve seen VR take strides into the health field, with all manner of apps designed to make you fitter, healthier and happier.
One of the most interesting VR health apps of late is Relax VR.
Relax VR is an Australian start-up group who want to use virtual reality to relieve stress at work.
40% of employees state that they find their job stressful, and stress is a leading cause of mental health problems. So naturally, any steps we can take towards eliminating stress at work are more than welcome.
Relax VR’s application, which is now available on iOS and Android, let’s you get away from stress at work by taking you to relaxing virtual reality scenes. The locations include Great Ocean Road in Australia, and beaches in Portugal. And the scenes are viewable in 360 degree. Plus, there’s beautiful relaxing music and a tranquil voice to help you unwind.
As a meditation teacher I’m often teaching people visualisation meditations to help them to relax. And they do wonders. But sometimes you don’t want to use your own imagination to visualise. Sometimes you want the zero-effort solutions. Sometimes you just want to watch a movie, or look at some pictures, something easy. Relax VR makes relaxation a doddle.
There are lot of apps for relaxation, as you probably know, but the majority are very basic. Relax VR is a much more professional product. The company has gone to lengths to make their app as healthy as possible. They’ve hired a clinical psychology, Ivan Alsina Jurnet, to conduct scientific research so that the company knows that the app is working. And one of the company’s founders, Sourabh Jain, is a yoga and meditation teacher. I don’t know about you, but I always feel better knowing an app I’m using is approved by an actual meditation teacher and a psychologist.
Relax VR has been available for consumers since Q2 2016. And now, the company is moving in a new direction. They are seeking to get corporations to use Relax VR as part of their wellness programs.
The company has also spoken about how valuable virtual reality could be in hospitals. Already there are virtual reality apps designed to help doctors. And it is easy to see how a relaxation app like Relax VR could help patients to unwind.
Personally, I will stick to my traditional meditation schedule, as in my experience nothing compares to genuine meditation. However, if you are interested in a relaxation app, then Relax VR is definitely one of the most professionally produced available. For a couple of bucks (the app is $2.79 on iTunes), there’s no reason not to try it out.
You can learn more about the app over on the official website.
And as a final note, lots of people have commented that the developers are very good at listening to customer feedback. So if you’ve got any idea on how to improve the app, be sure to let them know.