The Chicago Journal

How Matt West Applied Mindful Journaling to Develop His App ‘Boom.’

When people sink into depression, they often feel themselves in an out-of-body state, as if they were floating. Therapists offer different techniques and remedies to counter that feeling. One such method is mindful journaling, a tool that psychologist Matt West has been implementing into his own life and sharing with others.

Matt West was born and raised in Palmdale, California, and was first introduced to psychology during his junior year in high school. His Psychology teacher, Mr. Prince, would end up sparking Matt’s interest in the subject and set up the path he would later walk in life.

On his journey to becoming a psychologist, Matt was a high achiever and often excelled in sports while at school. One night before his soccer tryouts, he felt a pain in his knee but waved it aside. He pushed through the problem, only increasing frustrations that ultimately led him to visit the doctor. Matt would get diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter diseases (or OSD) and be forced to sit out the remainder of the season. However, every cloud has its silver lining, resulting in Matt finding a new passion, mindfulness.

He would later explore mindfulness as he obtained two masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University and Cal State Northridge. Years later, Matt would find himself married with a child and earning six-figures. However, he discovered that he wasn’t entirely satisfied with his life. 

After a series of unfortunate events, including a failed company, Matt decided that it was time to take care of his emotional, physical, and mental well-being. He created a routine that improved his eating and sleeping habits, along with a fitness routine. Two months into his routine, he was exhausted.

Matt always heard an underlying voice telling him that he should be doing something better, but he would become distracted by the illusion of social media and forget about it. Eventually, Matt found himself back to mindfulness. It was through mindfulness journaling that he noticed shifts in his thoughts and slowly rediscovered himself. 

With a new sense of self-awareness, Matt developed Boom, a digital wellness company that provides its users with mindful journaling training. It is an app that supports millennials with maintaining emotional fitness and helps them conquer stress from burnout. Boom tracks mood, energy, and attention.

Matt’s brand is geared toward novice mindful-journaling millennials and people new to the concept of mindfulness. It empowers them to become more productive and joyful. The app helps people boost their positive energy and attitude and train them to practice healthy thinking patterns. 

The app uses an AI that can personalize specific activities that are just right for the user’s needs to increase their productivity, focus on what matters most, and maintain their emotional well-being.

Matt’s interest in mental wellness and the brain’s management, combined with his interest in technology’s power, has helped him bring his passion for emotional and mental fitness to fruition. He is hopeful that Boost will see a worldwide release to help people build the emotional strength to combat burnout and better understand themselves.

To find out more about Matt West, you may visit his website.