Technology has changed the game when it comes to how people practice self-care and improve their wellness. Though traditional therapy, support groups, and trips to the doctor are super important, many people have turned to their tech devices to improve their mental and physical health as part of their daily practice — whether through joining online support groups, watching yoga flows on Youtube, or downloading mental wellness apps. One thing is clear to me: Health-focused tech is becoming a prominent resource for people with mental health issues, people trying to cope with stress, or people who are looking for strategies to take care of themselves.
Alexa — the Amazon Echo's voice-controlled assistant — is making it even easier to improve your mood and physical health from the comfort of your own home. Alexa is typically used to play music, control household functions (like turning off lights), or shop online, among a zillion other functionalities. But one little known feature of Alexa is that it can help you develop a healthier self-care routine. As PopSugar reported, there are over 700 health & fitness "skills" that Alexa can complete, from syncing with your FitBit to playing rain sounds to help you sleep. Some of those skills probably fit right in with your existing self-care practice, but are fun ways to change it up a little bit. Alexa is, of course, not a replacement for therapy or going to the doctor if you're not feeling well, but for your everyday self-care practice, it can provide a few therapeutic tools for you to utilize — tools that are way easier and more accessible for some people. Here are nine self-care practices you didn't know Alexa can help you with.