I'm really excited about The Vitiligo Society's new app. The Society are soon to be launching their new FREE guided meditation mobile app for people with skin conditions.
The app is called Skin Deep and it provides users with therapeutic support for dealing with their emotions around their skin condition. It has a range of professionally scripted meditation sessions, which are certified by psychologists, and the sessions come in a choice of male or female voice and different accents. The app can send users reminder notifications as a gentle nudge to complete their meditation sessions, and there are lots of benefits…
The benefits of meditation
Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety by helping the listener to gain control of any tension by using the body's calming response. Meditation sessions allow the heart and respiration system to slow down and, therefore, blood pressure reduces too. It can help you feel less anxious in everyday life.
Meditation has also been proven to reduce depression by boosting serotonin and norepinephrine up to 'depression resistant' levels, which allows the body to feel more balanced. The more you practice meditation, the more it can help you change how you talk and feel about yourself.
The Skin Deep team explain that the app has five different guided meditations, all of which have specific, individual themes. I can really see the benefits of the app, as you don't have to even have internet connection to use it, so you can sit and listen to it just about anywhere – on the bus, in a taxi, or even while relaxing in bed. If you're having a stressful day at work, you can listen to the app at your desk, or you can link it to your Amazon Echo and ask Alexa to “play my skin meditation”.
Many professionals suggest that vitiligo and other similar skin conditions can be brought on or worsened by stressful events or feelings of anxiety, so I think this app is a really important step in helping people with skin conditions feel more in-sync with their bodies and minds.
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that it’s really hard to find the time to meditate – or even to slow down! Many of you know that I have a busy full-time job working for one of the UKs largest mental health hospitals and VITILIGLOW® is something that I manage in my evenings and weekends. So, although I am often busy and work until fairly late in the evenings on all aspects of running a business, I am really keen to try the app out because it will give me that prompt to take a few moments to stop and take some time out to destress and make sure I’m keeping my own mental health in check.
Mental health is an issue very close to the VITILIGLOW® team and we are planning to focus on this much more on our blog and social media over the next few months. If you use the Skin Deep app please let us know how you get on and if you’ve got any hints and tips you can share with us!
The app is launching soon, and you can keep up to date with the latest news on the Skin Deep website.
Founder of VITILIGLOW®