Wellness Apps

Oh winter, you’re getting boring now. While we patiently wait for the long summer nights to arrive, we’re looking for ways to help tackle those lingering winter blues and we’re turning to wellness apps to help us out.

From mindfulness and meditation tips to fitness approved apps, turn on your SAD lamp, plug in your headphones and let these six wellness apps guide you on your new happier journey.

 

The best wellness apps to tackle the winter blues

Headspace 

The king of wellness apps, Headspace provides a safe sanctuary for those looking for tips, tricks and techniques for mindfulness, visualisation and meditation. 

First launched in 2010 by Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson, Headspace offers an online space for those looking to really explore and reap the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere. Users are then guided through meditations, animations, articles and videos. It’s said that the likes of Emma Watson and Gwyneth Paltrow use this one to help them relax after a stressful day at the grind. There’s a free Basics course for those intrigued to try it out themselves.

Headspace has also launched a 2022 campaign with Grammy-award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, John Legend. The initiative, titled ‘Love Yourself Like A Legend’, includes a brand-new Headspace sleepcast narrated by the celeb. You’ll be guided through an old concert hall and the decades of music it once filled. There’s also an eight-hour sleep playlist curated by Legend.

Available on ios and Android
www.headspace.com

Sleep Cycle

Bad nights sleep? Not feeling so fresh this morning? You need Sleep Cycle, the app that helps you track your sleep throughout the night. Using sound and movement, the app helps to track and analyse your sleeping patterns and wakes you up when you’re during your lightest sleep phase, without the morning fear of your 7am alarm clock. 

It’s said the average person needs between seven to nine hours of sleep per night, and if you’re one of those who struggles with their regular sleeping pattern or needs an extra push to help them sleep better at night, Sleep Cycle will help you track your sleeping progress.

Available on ios, android and Huawei
www.sleepcycle.com

Calm

With a wealth of over 700k five-star reviews and 50 million downloads, it quickly becomes obvious why Calm is the number one app for all things sleep, meditation and relaxation related.

Users fill out a short form which helps tailor the app to you and your needs. The app itself is split into categories, from meditate to sleep, music to body, masterclasses to scenes, all helping to calm and relax you. There’s a new selection of Sleep Stories that have been recently uploaded, including ‘Kingdom of the Sky’, narrated by the one and only Idris Elba. Sleep dreamily with his chirpy voice guiding you into a sleeping abyss.

Available on ios and android
www.calm.com

Down Dog

Helping you on your own personalised yogi journey is Down Dog, the fitness app that allows you to build strength and mix up your exercise routine every day. The app is home to over 60,000 different configurations, meaning you’ll never grow tired of your workout because they’ll bring you a new yoga practice every time. 

Choose from yoga, meditation, barre, workout and prenatal yoga and start your fitness journey today.

Available on ios and android
www.downdogapp.com

My Possible Self

Designed to help reduce stress, anxiety and low mood, My Possible Self is a free mobile app that builds your own personalised self-improvement plan so you can track your progress over the months. 

Users will fill out a guided self-assessment questionnaire, before being given their own personalised plan in which they can track their mood, understand themselves better, look back over their progress and move forward to a brighter, more relaxed future.

Available on ios and android
www.mypossibleself.com

All Trails 

Often the best remedy for tackling the winter blues is by heading out into the open and soaking up some much-needed fresh air. All Trails is an app that helps you to locate the best local walks, hikes and trails near you. The app boasts over 100,000 trails and will provide you with hours of fun as you uncover new areas. Just remember to wrap up warm, bring a flask of hot tea and enjoy. 

Available on ios and android
www.alltrails.com

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