A new ’emotional fitness’ app could change how we tackle mental health

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A new 'emotional fitness' app could change how we tackle mental health



Could this be the app that changes how we approach mental health? (Picture: FIKA)There is a brand new app on the horizon – and it’s changing the way we think about mental health.
‘Fika’ is the new fitness app with a twist: its focus is on emotional fitness instead of physical fitness.
Founded by friends Gareth Fryer, 36, and Nick Bennett, 46, the ‘fitness’ app will focus on varying aspects of combating stress and anxiety by applying similar methods athletes use when training.
What is the Fika app?
The Fika app provides five-minute emotional exercises based on techniques that combine the science of positive psychology, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, sports psychology and mindfulness.
Most importantly, it emphasises the need for taking the time to talk, listen to your emotions and those of your friends, which all help to combat the impacts of stress and anxiety, which in a world dedicated to screen time, is a much needed approach.

Is confidence the new six pack? (Picture: FIKA app)Bennett said: ‘The world is emotionally out of shape. We all know the benefits of regular physical exercise, but what about regular emotional exercise?
‘We are bringing Fika to market to address this problem and raise awareness of the benefits of emotional fitness, to get the best out of our lives.’

Fika Origins

What does ‘Fika’ mean?
Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day.
It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.

How To Use The FIKA App
Users start by choosing an outcome focused pack, such as ‘Achieve your goals’ or ‘Strengthen your relationships’. (Each pack has a series of guided exercises based around a key question.)
Form the habit: The exercises have a five minute timer and audio guide to help with focus and the formation of a healthy daily exercise habit. .

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Fika on your own to build confidence. You can also do it with friends or with someone you know face to face by taking it turns to talk through the exercise while your friend uses the prompts to help you.
The exercises in the app are designed to help users emotionally challenge and push people. Whether that means building on strengths, or adapting to circumstances the aim is to build emotional resilience.

FIKA is going to change the way we look at health (Picture: FIKA App)Fryer said: ‘When dealt with in the right way, stress can actually be good for you.
‘Success is 75% dependent on your mindset – your sense of optimism, how you perceive and handle stress, how connected you are to others, how you respond to things.
‘Athletes understand this: in order to optimise your performance, you have to have your brain right.’
That’s it, we’re sold – let’s get emotionally fit.
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