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Smartphone Life Hacks

By on February 29, 2016

As a clinician, I understand the lives of my clients are becoming more and more complicated. The buzz of a vibrating cell phone, alerting a client to a new email or tweet is a common background sound during therapy sessions. It seems every day we become more plugged in.

Our smart phones hold quite a few features that, if used properly, can be beneficial to our mental health. Some of those features are built in, and some come in the form of apps. Either way, it is important to remember that a smartphone is nothing more than a tool – whether it is beneficial or harmful really depends on us.

Here are a few life hacks for Mindful Smartphone Usage:

  • Are you having a hard time keeping everything organized? Try using Google Calendar. One of the most stressful parts of life is managing time, but this is one of the easiest areas to improve. Using a calendar app allows you to let go of your worries about remembering dates and times, and it allows you to place important cognitive energy into other tasks.
  • Did you know that mental health and physical health are linked? A great way to either reduce anxiety or fight depression is to get out and exercise. Try using Azumio’s Argus Fitness Tracker in order to track your progress throughout the day. Argus will count your steps, track your food, and even track sleep patterns (if you are not getting enough sleep, everything is harder).


  • Have you been looking for a way to bolster your efforts to practice mindfulness? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs developed the Mindfulness Coach. The app contains guided mindfulness exercises, mindfulness tracking, and other mental health resources. This is a great tool for anyone who wants to live a more mindful life.


  • Did you know that when you give thanks during prayer, you are actually fighting depression? Thinking about what you are grateful for is good for your mental wellness and the Gratitude Journal Original! is a great way make a gratitude list. It not only lets you keep a great list, but it helps you to engage with your social network in order to access the love and support of your friends.








Bedford Palmer, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in counseling psychology. He is an Assistant Professor in Counseling and teaches courses on counselor ethics, community mental health, human sexuality, gender identity, social justice, and multicultural competence. Dr. Palmer’s clinical work has primarily been within the context of college counseling and psychological services, with a particular focus on providing services to students of African descent. Follow him on twitter @drbfpalmer and Like him on Facebook www.facebook.com/drbfpalmer.


Copyright 2016 Bedford E. F. Palmer II, Ph. D.