Video: Just for the Fun (and Healing!) of It

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Carmen:

Hello again!

In the last video, we discussed how to use apps for transportation and convenience. Now, we’re going to walk through apps that may help entertain, calm and motivate you.

But first, let’s review what we learned in the last video.

  • There are transportation and lifestyle apps, like Uber and Postmates.
  • Many are free, but some may charge a fee to download the app.
  • You may have already downloaded one on your phone to start getting familiar with their services.

Ok, Quincy, let’s dive right in.

Quincy:

As Carmen mentioned, apps can provide entertainment, which can take your mind off treatment or sitting in a waiting room. I’ll discuss a few:

Pandora and Spotify are music apps that you can customize to your musical tastes. You can create your own stations and playlists.

Your mobile device also has the ability to be an e-reader, meaning you can download and read a book on your device, using apps like Kindle or iBooks.

Audible is a storytelling app that features a large library of audiobooks for a subscription fee. Your local library may also provide an app to check out audiobooks for free; visit the library website or ask your librarian for more information.

Podcasts, which are on-demand audio programs, are another way to pass the time. These are usually in-short segments or episodes and cover a variety of topics.

You may already have a built-in podcast app on your phone.

Video chat with applications like Zoom and Skype can allow you to connect with others face-to-face, like a video phone call.

In some cases, you can even use this feature to meet with a health professional.

iPhone has an integrated video chat called FaceTime.

YouTube is an app that offers everything from serious interviews with doctors to funny cat videos.

It can be entertaining or educational, depending on what you’re in the mood for!

Carmen:

There are also apps that may help you relax. Many people report that meditation and mindfulness can calm their anxiety and stress.

For example, the Calm and Insight Timer apps provide guided meditations to encourage relaxation and healthy sleep habits.

Quincy:

And like I mentioned in the last video, I use an app to track my diet and fitness habits.

You can use apps like MyFitnessPal to record what you eat and your workout, with the goal of building personal accountability.

Carmen:

Now that we’ve discussed which apps might be helpful, what steps can you take?

Identify which lifestyle apps might be right for you and download them on your device to start utilizing their services.

Remember, you can always remove an app from your device if it isn’t working for you

And you can re-watch any of these videos to see the examples we provided and how to access them.

Quincy:

As we mentioned, there’s an app for almost everything. Some apps can even assist with motivation and developing healthy habits.

If there are other topics or types of apps that you want to search for in the App Store, look for the ones that have the highest user rating or get a recommendation from a friend or someone from your healthcare team.

While many apps are free, keep in mind that some charge a fee to download.

Carmen:

From apps to social media, we’ve covered many topics in this series so far, and hopefully you’ve learned many new skills.

On to our next video. Join us there!