When times get tough it’s easy to forget to take a minute to calm down. Let these nifty wellness apps help you get sorted!
Busy days and a fast-paced lifestyle means that sometimes other things like our health and wellbeing take a backseat. Not all of us can find the time for a yoga session or a gym workout every single day. Before we step outside our houses, finding serenity, peace of mind and all-round wellness can start at home, and on our smartphones.
Brain gymnastics to keep grounded
Curious about meditation but intimidated by it? Start simple with Headspace (even celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson are fans), the app that gives users a little gymnastics for the brain. The belief: just ten minutes a day to listen in and clear your mind for better attention span, alertness and instant calm. Sign us up, pronto!
Headspace, available for iOS and Android
If you need help on how to take a chill pill
There’s more to wellness and peace of mind than meditation. Calm offers – on top of guided meditation – breathing exercises, sleep stories, soothing sounds to aid and improve your sleep. Want to integrate Calm-ness into your life? Start on the Daily Calm routine which is 10-minute program you can practice before the beginning or end of your day.
Calm, available for iOS and Android
Soothing sounds for frazzled minds
Do you notice that you tend to sleep in when it’s raining outside or when the winds are blowing? That’s because ‘pink noise’ has significant effect on reducing brain wave complexity and inducing more stable sleep time to improve sleep quality. But if we can’t make it rain everyday, then we need an app to mimic those sounds. Enter WhiteNoise which has white noise, pink noise, brown noise and more soothing sounds to help you in your pursuit of peace and wellness.
WhiteNoise, available for iOS and Android
Guided meditations for busy types
Mindfulness actually has a lot to do with your productivity and Buddhify is a meditation app designed to fit into a busy modern lifestyle. Meditations are categorised by what you are doing or how you are feeling, so you’ll find genres like Walking, Difficult Emotion, Going to Sleep and many more. Voiced by experts in the field, each session can last from four to thirty minutes. Did we mention that the vibrant app is also aesthetically pleasing?
Buddhify, available for iOS and Android
The pursuit of quality sleep
If quality sleep is very important to you, then get researching! Sleep Cycle will do the work for you: analysing your sleep cycle to determine if you are in light sleep, deep sleep, or a dream state known as random eye movement (REM) sleep, and it pinpoints the optimal time to wake you up within a 30-minute window that you set. Choose your wake-up time, and the app will gently stir you from your slumber during your lightest phase of sleep to ensure that you wake-up feeling rested, refreshed, and ready for the day ahead. Just how does it do this? Your phone’s built-in microphone picks up your movements as you sleep using sound and vibration analysis… creepy but cool.
Sleep Cycle, available for iOS and Android
To keep your schedules and projects on track
Timeneye is a nice-looking, non-distracting time tracking app for personal use to monitor how you spend your time on basically anything – from work projects to hobbies. You can easily sync it with other time or work management software like Basecamp, Google Calendar, Asana, Trello and track your time without switching between them. In time the app will learn about your habits and automatically create suggested time entries for you. That only means you spend less time on dull work and have more room for creativity and innovation.
Timeneye, available for iOS and Android
For women to get to know their bodies better
Surprise periods no more! Clue is a period and ovulation tracker that also clues you in on how your period affects you. With the options to input symptoms such as cramps and headaches throughout the month, as well as lifestyle factors such as alcohol, sleep and sex, you can build up a picture of how your cycle not only affects your physical wellness, but your mental health too.
Clue, available for iOS and Android
Nike + Training Club
For celeb-guided intense workouts
If you’re looking for a great free app for an intense sweat sesh, trust Nike to create one. It has beautiful interface and a huge catalogue of over 100 workouts of all levels and durations, including boxing, yoga, strength, endurance and mobility workouts. Workouts are accompanied with easy-to-follow video drills, as well as audio guides from the Nike pros, athletes like Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo or actors like Kevin Hart and Michael B. Jordan. Track your progress (including any activities outside the app) and unlock reward content!
Nike + Training Club, available for iOS and Android
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