A German tech startup has launched a free app to help people stay connected during the pandemic, maintain physical and mental wellbeing, and stay informed of current developments.
The app was created by Berlin-based couple Adam Schuster & Amelia Strzepek and their startup business wellyou.
The launch comes off the back of figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics, which showed that people are more concerned about stress and anxiety than they are about their general health. According to a study by the London School of Economics, mental wellbeing is at an-all time low, as people continue to navigate their way through uncertain times.
The app, called wellyou – in hard times, provides updates and recommendations by health experts to support physical, mental and social wellbeing. It includes positive news updates from around the world, suggested exercises to engage the mind and body, and ways to help boost the immune system.
The app also provides ways to engage in positive self-reflection throughout the day, as well as allowing people to connect with loved ones on what they’re up to, how they’re feeling and sharing their ‘photo of the day’.
The idea for the app came after Schuster and Strzepek had to postpone plans to launch another wellbeing app, which they quickly realised wouldn’t have worked under new social distancing rules. It was a science-based program and real-life adventure game, which they claim was designed to help people work on themselves to become happier, healthier, and more compassionate beings.
Within a couple of days of the launch being postponed, the team realised they could use the original concept to develop something specifically to support those in lockdown and self-isolation.
Adam Schuster, CEO of wellyou, said:
We believe that the best way to change the world is to work on ourselves to become happier, healthier, and more compassionate human beings.
We are all in this together and will emerge out of this stronger if we keep taking care of our loved ones, our neighbours, and ourselves.
wellyou in hard times is available to download from the App Store.
Photo by wellyou
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