The self-help app, meditation or better sleep?

My personal favorites are the self-help apps off Andrew Johnson. Recently we started meditation and yoga classes at our study and even though I was not enthusiastic at first his apps made me fall in sleep easier.



Andrew Johnson grew up with a fascination for mindfulness and has been teaching individuals and group relaxations and coping skills. After Emotional Freedom he started training in stress management, meditation and mindfulness.

He is most happy when he is teaching people why they should relax, how they can relax and why they should practice relaxation techniques.

How it Works

Andres Johnson offers many different self-help apps to help you gain confidents, power nap or speak better in public. I used the Power nap app to get a short sleep.

Make yourself comfortable at a place where you will not be disturbed. Get in a positioning that you could last as long as the recording. Start the recording and just listen and do what Andrew tells you to. His calm and relaxing voice will get you in a different state of mind. First he explains the rules of using and then he will tell you to relax. With multiple exercises he banns your thoughts out of your mind. I would love to explain the whole thing but it is best to try it yourself!

Why I think it is cool?

I think it is cool because with an recording of approximately 15 minutes he teaches you the skills you want. My power nap was never this easy. Since people have been more busy they want to spent their spare time better and more efficient. That is why is see future growth potential. It is easy to participate and everybody could do it.

It is very attractive because the first apps are free. After that you pay €2,69 for an recording that will last at your phone, computer or mp3 player and you will carry at all times.

Did this make you enthusiastic or still skeptic? I dare you to try it.


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UP with your lifestyle

Do you want to change your lifestyle or like me personally want to make things better. UP is here to make your day. It helps you gain knowledge about your movements and lifestyle. An intelligent computer wrapped around your wrist.



UP is an app that comes with a bracelet which tracks all your moves. The app contains all the information the bracelet gains. Together with the information you insert in the app such as your meals and moods it creates a suggestion to improve your lifestyle.

The bracelet tracks your sleep, how long you were asleep and whether you woke up in the middle of the night. It also sees if you were in a deep sleep or in a light sleep. If you set the smart alarm he will wake you up at the right part of your sleep. He follows all your movements including  distance and burned calories. If the bracelet noticed you have been inactive for to long he will remember you that you should exercise. Keep track of what you eat by inserting a menu or scanning the barcodes. And last but not least it searches for patterns in your daily routines.


Produced by Jawbone, a company that specializes in technical innovation, ease-of-use and sophistication of design products. They offer this product for €129,99.

Why I think it is cool?

Research showed us that people think they are left with less spare time then they just to. That is why I see future growth potential in UP, I think people want to spent their spare time better than they did and a better lifestyle will help increase this.

The high-tech lovers among us should love this. All this technic in a small bracelet makes it an attractive product for its users. It is a nice design with potential off becoming an hype if you ask me.

Unfortunately the price makes it less attractive. I do not think the big crowd is going to pick up on this before the price will increase.

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The Health social network

In my First blog I would like to tell you something about the Healthkeep social network. While surfing on health sites I found this social network. The current popular social network are not anonymously and therefore not the places to go to with questions about your own health. So that is why Healthkeep was created. It is a safe environment to learn more about health issues.



Healthkeep is a social network to share and learn from others health experiences anonymously. This is a place where doctors and patient can communicate about their health issues. You can share your own experiences for others to learn from it.


Founded by Dr. Lyle Dennis. He is chief of Neurology at Good Samaritan Hospital in New York. Besides Healthkeep he has lots of other Health projects such as Bon Secours. He interprets the latest human longevity research and news for practical use.

How it Works

You make an account and write your problem or experience. On the rest of the site you can find others experiences to learn from or get more information about your condition. The site will determine what your experience is about and will share it with others who have similar experiences so they can help and give you feedback. Then you can specify what you want to read about and follow doctors or other patients.

Why I think it is cool?

I think it is cool because I see future growth potential. Since Facebook went public with the profiles people have been wondering whether they want to make their life public or not. Healthkeep makes it possible to get your answers quick and anonymously.

It feel attractive because in times of need you need people to support you, and who can do that better than them who know what you are going trough. Interested? Try it at for free!