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woebot Apr 02, 2020

Woebot, an app to help anxiety? It exists.

I Tried it and I was pleasantly surprised!

It’s a scary time in the world right now and an app called Woebot is offering to help with "Tiny conversations to feel your best.” I decided to check it out to see if it may help those who are suffering anxiety and fear around the pandemic. And I was pleasantly amazed how it focuses on the positive.

It highlights the positive collaboration and acts of kindness that people are doing right now during the pandemic:
It highlights the viral video of people in Italy singing from their apartment windows to keep each other's spirits up. 🎤
It creates a feeling of heartfelt warmth by telling us of low-risk people signing up to do odd jobs for the elderly who can't leave their houses.
It reminds us about how good it feels to do things for others.

Woebot also smartly tells you how it’s trying to shift your perspective. One way it does this is by comparing and creating a picture that stimulates an emotional response of something just as terrifying. Woebot’s creators drew from their own experience as children living through World War II. The result of this experience created “empathy for threat for people who live through threat daily, who try their very best to keep calm, carry on.” A very smart way to gain perspective.

It definitely made me think about how much humanity has been through and how resilient we can be. However for fun I asked Woebot “Why are you telling me this?” To my surprise it reflected what I was thinking: “That occasionally humanity goes through something really hard but humans are remarkably resilient.”

The positive tiny conversations sure did emphasize and remind me about how beautiful and precious our lives are and how important it is to have a grateful and positive perspective during this time.

Click the link to try it.


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