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Tech-Powered Wellness: How students can harness technology for health

Transform stress into strength, one click at a time



In the digital age, technology has become an integral part of our lives, shaping the way we work, learn, and even prioritise our health. In India, where school students face increasing pressures both academically and mentally, harnessing the power of technology can be a game-changer.

Fortunately, several free and user-friendly tools, apps, and software are readily available over the Internet, aiming to help students achieve better physical and mental health. These resources not only benefit students but also empower parents and educators to guide them towards healthier lifestyles and improved well-being.

Let’s look into some of these helpful tools. Read on.

a. Wysa: It is an AI-powered mental health chatbot that provides emotional support and coping strategies. It is designed to help students manage stress, anxiety, and other emotional challenges. Wysa offers guided conversations and exercises in a friendly, non-judgmental manner. What more? It is free of cost.

b. InnerHour: This offers self-help tools and therapy-based programmes to address stress, anxiety, and depression. It includes mood tracking, relaxation exercises, and personalised self-help plans. Parents and educators can use this app to monitor students’ progress.

c. MyFitnessPal: This app allows users to track their diet and exercise routines. It can help students develop healthy eating habits and maintain a balanced diet. Parents and educators can provide guidance on making nutritious choices. The basic version of the app is free of charge.

d. Headspace: Headspace offers guided meditation and mindfulness exercises to reduce stress and improve focus. It is a valuable tool for students dealing with academic pressures. Parents and educators can practice mindfulness alongside students to promote its benefits. It is free to download, with free trials and limited free features.

e. Quizlet: Quizlet is a versatile study tool that allows students to create flashcards and quizzes. It promotes active learning and can be used for test preparation. Parents and educators can help students create effective study materials. It has a free option with limited features and a paid option named ‘Quizlet Plus’ for about $48 per year.

f. Forest: This is a unique app that encourages students to stay focused by growing a virtual tree while they work. It helps them manage their time effectively and avoid distractions. This is a one-time payment app and surely you can consider gifting the app to a friend.

g. Trello: Trello is a user-friendly project management tool that can help students organise their tasks and assignments. Parents and educators can guide students in setting up a productive workflow. It has a free forever plan and low-cost premium plans starting at $5 per user per month.

The tech-based tools mentioned above offer a wide array of resources to support Indian school students in achieving better physical and mental health. These free, easily accessible apps and software not only aid students but also empower parents and educators to play an active role in promoting the well-being of the younger generation. By integrating such tools into daily routines and fostering healthy habits, students can attain a healthier and more balanced future. 

Mrini Devnani is a Principal Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, conducts interviews, and contributes content to the website. Previously, she served as a Correspondent specialising in Edu-tech for the India Today Group. Her skill areas extend to Social Media and Digital Marketing. For any inquiries or correspondence, you can reach out to her at [email protected].

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