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Support Your Mental Health with Your Smart Speaker

How to Support Your Mental Health with Your Smart Speaker

Support Your Mental Health with Your Smart Speaker

With the stresses and busyness of modern life, it’s easy to let self-care practices slip. But what if your smart speaker could give you a gentle nudge in the right direction throughout the day? Smart home voice assistants like Alexa can actually be useful allies for your mental wellbeing. Read on to find out how to leverage smart home tech like Amazon Alexa to support your mental health.

As it’s Mental Health Awareness week we thought we’d share some of our favourite ways to use your smart speaker to support your wellbeing and mental health.

1. Set a reminder to take a break

It’s far too easy to get caught up ploughing through your day without a moment’s pause. But giving your mind a break is crucial – it allows you to reset and recharge yourself. Ask your smart speaker to remind you to take a break every few hours. You can use this time to practice deep breathing, go for a short walk, or simply disconnect from devices. Or add breaks to your online Google calendar and link it to your Amazon account for Alexa to remind you.

2. Make a gratitude list

Practising gratitude has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood and cultivate resilience. The list function on your smart speaker can be used for more than just to-dos and shopping. Just say “Alexa, create a gratitude list” and then each day spend a few minutes thinking about the things you’re grateful for, adding them to your list one by one. It’s a simple but powerful way to begin your day with a positive mindset. You can also ask Alexa to read back your list as a mood booster.

3. Listen to your favourite music

Music has an incredible ability to shift our emotional state and energise us. When you’re feeling stressed or down, ask your smart speaker to play one of your favourite upbeat playlists or albums. Singing along or dancing to the music can be a great way to get out of a funk. Calm, ambient music can also aid relaxation before bedtime to improve sleep quality.

4. Call a family member or friend

Maintaining social connections is vital for mental health. With smart speakers, you can easily make voice or video calls hands-free. When you’re feeling isolated or just need to hear a friendly voice, ask your device to call a loved one. Catching up and having a laugh can work wonders.

Bonus Tip: In addition to voice commands, you can also enable third-party skills/apps on your smart speaker related to meditation, affirmations, or other mindfulness practices. Explore the skill store for your device to find tools to expand your self-care repertoire. Some ones to try would be Kindspace, which is our wellbeing tool that we developed during the pandemic. We also like the Sleep Jar skill, which is filled with soothing sounds.

Key Takeaways

Your smart speaker may be simple tech, but it offers convenient features that can help nurture important self-care habits. From reminders to take breaks, to emotional outlets like music, to effortless ways to express gratitude and stay connected socially, explore how your voice assistant can support your mental health this week and beyond.

If you’d like some more tips on how to get the best out of your smart speaker we’ve recently published a new book called “What can I say to Alexa?” packed with hundreds of ideas about how to elevate your smart speaker experience.

If you need any help with upgrading your home and building helpful voice automation routines, we’re here to help, please do get in touch. Also, if you do set up any practical, fun or inventive mental health ideas we’d love to hear about them.

Note: Some of the links on this page are links to the amazon.co.uk shopping site and as such are paid links. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases, which helps towards the costs associated with providing our free advice services so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of a smart home.

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