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Multi-layered reflection

An app helps us find quiet places. Meanwhile, an Austrian startup is working to create a digital wellness experience. Key to the enterprise are virtual reality and artificial intelligence, proven relaxation techniques, plus stimulation through smells, music and colour therapy. The time-out is tailored according to users’ activity level and pulse rate, as well as place and time of...

Paws for thought

A stroll in the woods can help reduce stress levels; so too words of encouragement from nursery children. Now a Belgian sound designer is lifting people’s moods with the noise of cats purring. Visitors to his website include those without cats of their own who nevertheless enjoy the soothing strain. With the help of a generator, purring can be...

Sounds good

Office noise can be soothing and silence liberating. Now, thanks to a New York startup’s new app, users can search for venues according to internal noise levels. Meaning our ears can be protected from undue strain or harm. Places are graded in four categories with anything under 70 decibels designated ‘quiet’ and anything over 81 as ‘very loud’. Data...

Good message

Voluntary services provided by company teams are increasing. Now, thanks to a London startup, Brits can get support for mental health challenges using a text-message service. Anyone experiencing anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts can send a one-word request for help. Usually within 5 minutes, trained volunteers offer a virtual shoulder. Sensitive questioning, reassuring answers, links to more information and...

Audible aid

Young people are interested in sustainability and innovation. Some can conjure a smile from unlikely sources. Thanks to two Californian primary school teachers and their students, a new hotline has been providing English- and Spanish-speaking callers with a source of joy since February. Anyone feeling angry, frustrated or nervous can call to receive words of encouragement from kindergarten kids,...

Expansive experience

Listening to our bodies is beneficial for our health. A startup that moved from London to Berlin is aiming to help those under mental strain to achieve inner peace. After various mind-expanding experiences, training in eastern medicine, and research and discussions with shamans, the female founder has developed an app together with partners from the fields of neuroscience and...

Revealing cycle

We shed hair and dandruff each day. In the lab these samples provide information about our bodies. This is also true for menstrual blood. Extracted from tampons for example, it can reveal information about fertility or certain illnesses. Now, a founder and her Berlin-based startup have developed a system which allows menstruating people to gather data about their bodies comfortably from home. Blood...

Natural savings

Laughing reduces stress. A walk in the forest, meanwhile, is good for our mood. A report by the British agency, Forest Research, confirms that spending 30 minutes a week among trees has a noticeable effect on our wellbeing. Immune systems are strengthened, and mental health improved (heard about this blood test?) Over 200 million euro have been saved in...

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