Chris’s Weekly Update – Mindfulness

Weekly Update - Mindfulness

Hey everyone,

This week, I wanted to talk about mindfulness. Heard of it? It’s been in the news a lot lately.

It’s been said that anxiety is worrying about the future and depression is dwelling on the past. Well, mindfulness teaches us to stay in the present moment. How does this help with anxiety? When you’re mindful, you learn to put space between your thoughts/feelings and observe them without judgement. In other words, instead of immediately reacting to a thought, you can respond more sensibly. Remember, just because you think something does not make it true.

We recently introduced three mindfulness meditations for our premium users within the RELAX activity: Senses, Observe and Breathe. These are designed to help you get familiar with mindfulness through very simple meditations.

Have you tried these yet? Next time you’re feeling anxious (or curious), give them a try and let me know what you think. Our monthly upgrade includes a 7-day free trial, so what are you waiting for? As always, you can reach me at chris@thinkpacifica.com with feedback.

Until next week,
Chris Goettel
Designer & Co-Founder

What We’re Working On

This week, Dale and I are working on…text thoughts! You’ve all been asking for them, and we’ve been listening. I think you’re really going to dig this.

We also have a release pending approval that includes custom feelings for tracking your mood, the ability to reorder health items, and private chat within communities. Email me at chris@thinkpacifica.com if you want to test this before it goes live.

This Week’s Community Playlist

In our second week of Music Community song suggestions, Twenty One Pilots continues to dominate. Here’s a Spotify playlist we put together based on your suggestions (keep them coming).

Pacifica Top Songs June 19

This Week’s Reads

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It’s Good For Your Mental And Physical Health
by Amanda L. Chan via The Huffington Post

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain
by Christina Congleton, Britta, K. Hölzel, & Sara W. Lazar via Harvard Business Review

Mindfulness Meditation May Ease Anxiety, Mental Stress
by Julie Corliss via Harvard Health Publications

June 14 – Chris’s Weekly Pacifica Update

Weekly Update - June 14, 2015

Hey everyone,

This week, I wanted to answer some common questions I get about Pacifica. Check these out below. Remember, you can always reach me at chris@thinkpacifica.com.

Meanwhile, Dale and I have been listening to your feedback/ideas within the Communities and are hard at work on the next release. Stay tuned…

If you haven’t downloaded the update, what are you waiting for? Get it now in the App Store or Google Play Store.

Until next week,
Chris Goettel
Designer & Co-Founder

Your Pacifica Questions

What do I get by upgrading?
A premium subscription gets you full access to Thoughts & Experiments each day. You also get additional mindfulness meditations in Relax as well as unlimited private groups.

Can I get a 7-day trial?
Yes, our monthly subscription comes with a free 7-day trial on both Android and iOS.

How do I remove Health habits?
To remove a Health habit, just swipe the row left to reveal a delete button. Health habits can always be re-added again later.

Can I customize my Health goals?
Yes, you can. From the main Health screen, just tap the gear in the upper-right corner. From here, you can set your own daily goals.

I forgot to enter my Health data yesterday. Can I still enter it?
Yes, you can. On the main Health screen, you’ll see a left arrow at the top. Tap this to move back a day (or however far back you need to go).

Can I add text note to a Mood entry?
Yes, you can. When completing a Mood entry, look for a note icon in the upper-right. Tap this to add a note describing any specifics you’d like.

Can I edit/delete Mood entries?
Yes, you can. From the Mood History view, just swipe a mood row to reveal delete and add note buttons.

Can I turn off the goal sound?
Yes, you can. Just tap the Account gear on the Home screen. Then tap NOTIFICATION SETTINGS > GOAL ALERT > Off.

You can also check our support site at help.thinkpacifica.com for common questions, discussions, and upcoming features.

This Week’s Community Playlist

We introduced the Music community this week and the response was overwhelming. Here’s a Spotify playlist we put together based on your suggestions (we’ll be doing this each week so keep posting).

Pacifica Top Songs June 11

This Week’s Reads

9 Things I Wish People Understood About Anxiety
by Kady Morrison at VOX

‘Coming Out’ as Anxious
by Scott Stossel at The New York Times

Mindfulness May Be As Good as Meds for Staving Off Depression
by Linda Searing at The Washington Post