We’re a nation of gym bunnies. We pump iron, guzzle protein shakes, and NEVER skip leg day. So why don’t we take as much care when it comes to our mental health?
Peng Cheng, founder of PausAble, knows how important it is to look after both body and mind. When he suffered from stress and depression, he took six months out doing meditation, tai chi and not much else. And he started to wonder whether an app could help people to slow down, focus on the present, and stay balanced.
He created Pause: an app developed in partnership with Ustwo, who had already created the mental wellness apps Monument Valley and Moodnote. With Pause, users touch an amorphous blob on the screen and move it gently around until it grows enough to fill the screen. Meanwhile, soothing colours and calming music help them feel at peace. Uncontrolled swiping and rushed movements aren’t allowed – try any of those, and the blob will fade.
A word of advice: don’t use it before your big pitch. Nobody wants to see you drifting off during the PowerPoint presentation.