The New Update: Apple’s Fashionable Health App

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October 21, 2023

We all know that good health and frequent smartphone use hardly go hand in hand. But hold on to your stylish hats, fashion lovers, because Apple is about to challenge that notion with their latest innovation. They have taken health tracking to a whole new fashionable level through their trendy Apple Health app.

Launched in 2014, this app was initially just a hub for storing health records and keeping track of sleep patterns. But now, this little white and pink icon has undergone a fabulous makeover, introducing exciting features that focus on mental health and eye health. Let’s dive into the glamorous world of Apple’s new update and explore what it has to offer.

The Glitz and Glam of the New Update

The iOS 17 Health App update, available on most newer iPhones, introduces two dazzling features: “State of Mind” tracking and the Vision Health section. Apple’s vice president of Health, Sumbul Desai, M.D., expressed their goal to empower users in their health journeys with these innovative tools.

Let’s take a closer look at these glamorous new features:

  • “State of Mind” tracking: This feature lets you record and analyze your emotions throughout the day, helping you pinpoint their sources. It’s like a virtual fashion diary for your feelings, perfect for tackling the increasing rates of anxiety and depression in America. It’s time to strike a pose and show those emotions who’s boss!

  • Vision health: Say goodbye to squinting and hello to haute couture eye health. This feature tracks your daily exposure to daylight, ensuring you get enough sunny moments (80-120 minutes) in your busy schedule. It even measures the perfect distance between your eyes and your screen, reminding you never to get too close. Apple is shedding light on nearsightedness prevention in style, as it is predicted to plague 50% of the population by 2050.

These fashion-forward additions join the already existing features of the Apple Health app, including sleep tracking, step counting, stress monitoring, and period health tracking for those fabulous fashionistas who menstruate.

My Favorite Fashion Forward Functions

As a fashion enthusiast and health-conscious individual, I’ve spent the last four weeks immersing myself in two of the Health App’s most glamorous features: State of Mind and Cycle Tracking. These features align with the areas of health I prioritize, and I hoped they would add some sparkle and pizzazz to my iPhone-induced well-being. Here’s my firsthand review of these features, accompanied by some expert fashion advice on how to make the most of them.

State of Mind: A Runway for Your Emotions

The State of Mind function is like having your own personal fashion show of emotions. It allows you to log and analyze your feelings in real-time or reflect on your overall mood for the day. After selecting your mood on a sliding scale from very unpleasant to very pleasant, you can delve into a closet full of descriptive words that express your emotions. Neutral, indifferent, calm, drained, peaceful – the options are endless!

To understand how this emotional journey would benefit me, I consulted with the fabulous Chloe Carmichael, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with a keen eye for fashion trends. She explained that this feature helps expand your emotional vocabulary and encourages you to transform your internal experiences into stylish words.

But this fashion extravaganza doesn’t stop there. Once you’ve chosen your emotions, you can also identify the influences behind them. This situational awareness empowers you to spot patterns and determine which areas of your life make you feel good or not so fabulous.

How to Use it: After using this feature for a month, it has become a part of my daily routine. With push notifications reminding me to log my emotions throughout the day and before bedtime, I now feel like a supermodel of emotional awareness.

State of Mind has not only allowed me to keep track of my day-to-day emotions but also provided me with some invaluable fashion tips, such as:

  • Prepare for therapy: If you’re attending therapy sessions, this function can be your stylish wingman. By reviewing your emotional highs and lows and the factors influencing them, you can maximize the benefits of therapy and create a harmonious blend of fashion and mental health.

  • Plan your next journaling prompt: Sometimes, an emotion surfaces during the day, but we don’t have time to give it the attention it deserves. Instead of ignoring it, fashionably log it in your Health app to revisit later. It’s like saying, “I’ll dwell on this fabulous emotion later.”

  • Embrace emotional exploration: You don’t have to be an experienced fashionista or a regular in therapy to start tracking your emotions with the Apple Health app. It’s user-friendly and a great starting point for those who want to dive deeper into their emotional tendencies. Get ready to rock the emotional runway!

Why it’s Effective: By using this feature, you’ll notice patterns and trends in your emotional fabric. You might discover that stress at work unravels your mood, while time spent with friends threads happiness through your day. Armed with this fashion knowledge, you can create your own emotional to-do list, pairing tasks with self-care tactics that suit your emotional needs. Remember, fashion is all about style and self-expression, so feel free to design your emotional journey!

Cycle Tracking: Unveiling the Mysteries of Your Menstrual Catwalk

While the Cycle Tracking feature was launched in 2015, it has received some trendy updates over the years. This glamorous tool even provides fertility predictions for those rocking the Apple Watch Series 8 or any Apple Watch Ultra models. By gathering wrist temperature data, the watch detects the biphasic shift, a rise in temperature that often occurs after ovulation. An algorithm then combines this temperature data with your logged cycle information to estimate your ovulation day and predict your peak fertility window. It’s like having a fashion oracle on your wrist!

Now, even if you’re not planning to start a family, the Cycle Tracking function still offers plenty of style points for anyone who menstruates. As someone who has navigated countless menstrual health challenges, I can’t stress enough how handy it is to have a crystal-clear view of your cycle.

Though I previously used my notes app to track my period, I decided to embrace a more fashionable option. The Apple Cycle Tracking function effortlessly stole the spotlight. It’s easier to use than walking down a runway and requires less effort than jotting down notes on an open fashion journal.

How to Use it: To unlock the full potential of this fashion-forward period tracker, simply update your birth control method (if applicable) and start tracking on the first day of your next menstrual cycle. You can select your menstruation state, express any fabulous symptoms, and join the fashion revolution by embracing your hormonal health.

Let’s unveil the additional style benefits of using this feature:

  • Find monthly patterns: Get ready to discover the rhythm of your body’s catwalk. Is your skin blemishing right before your period or does your mood shift a week before you bleed? Recognizing these patterns adds a touch of fashion savoir-faire to your cycle journey.

  • Collect symptoms: Your period should never be accompanied by consistent, debilitating cramps or severe disruptions to your fabulous life. By tracking symptoms that disrupt your flow, you can present this fashionable data to your healthcare provider and take charge of your wellness.

  • Know your fertility window: If you’re strutting down the path of parenthood, this feature is your ultimate fashion guide. It helps you navigate your most fertile days with ease. However, keep in mind that this function won’t be effective if you’re using any form of hormonal birth control.

Why it’s Effective: Many Eastern medicine philosophies, like Traditional Chinese Medicine, celebrate period tracking as a vital element of hormonal health. According to Lulu Ge, TCM expert and founder of Elix, “Your period acts as a monthly report card for your hormone health.” By tracking your menstrual catwalk, you can identify any imbalances and become a fashion-forward advocate for your health.

Unleash Your Inner Fashionista with Other Health App Functions

These two features are just the tip of the fashion iceberg. The Health App offers a wide range of other trendy functions you can explore. Enhance your eye health by optimizing your screen time, measure your alcohol consumption with a touch of glamour, and keep an eye on your blood glucose levels, because fashion is all about balance. Sync your Apple Watch, Oura Ring, or any other tracking device to get the full couture experience, complete with HRV metrics, REM sleep analysis, and much more. Non-iPhone users can also find fantastic fashion-tracking apps on the market.

Potential Downsides: Glamour with Caution

Before you dive headfirst into the fashion madness of tracking everything, remember that moderation is key. Just as you don’t need to count every calorie to have a stylish diet, you don’t need to document every time you wash your hands or step outside to achieve optimal health. Focus on the areas that hold the most significance for you and build your fashion empire from there.

As I mentioned earlier, tracking should serve as a fabulous tool for empowering yourself during doctor visits. The more information you gather, the better equipped you are to address your health concerns with confidence and style.

That being said, health tracking isn’t a mandatory accessory in everyone’s fashion arsenal. If it adds unnecessary stress to your life, it’s always wise to prioritize your well-being and put your off-the-screen life first.

The Runway to a Healthier Future

Apple’s trendy iOS 17 update has revolutionized health tracking by transforming it into a fashion sensation. By addressing mental health and eye health, alongside existing features like sleep tracking and step counting, Apple has created a stylish hub for all your health needs. Through my personal journey with the State of Mind and Cycle Tracking functions, I’ve experienced the fusion of fashion and well-being firsthand.

So, if you’re an iPhone user unwilling to splurge on flashy sleep trackers and HRV monitors, the Apple Health app can be your affordable ticket to ultimate health and style. Walk the runway of wellness with confidence and embrace the fashionable future that awaits you.

Stay fashionable, my dear readers! Share your thoughts and experiences on these glam Health App features in the comments below.

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