Published on January 11th, 2018 | by Guest0
7 Best Relaxation Apps for 2018
The frenzy of the modern-day world can sometimes be overpowering.
You may be a professional or a homemaker, a student or an aspiring academician, or a busy teacher or a struggling entrepreneur facing many challenges, distractions, and overwhelming situations and circumstances, each day, every day!
It could be a bit too much at times.
Let’s make room for some breathing space. A “me” time that will help you care for yourself. After all, your well-being is first and foremost your responsibility.
One of the biggest distractions around is handheld devices that consume a considerable amount of our time connecting with people and updating ourselves.
Make technology benefit you. It begins by moderating your time spent during your busy day using technology.
Your mobile devices needn’t always swamp you but could be a source of attaining relaxation during the busy days and weeks. Thanks to some useful apps that are being developed to benefit you and help you relax.
However, with the launch of increasing number of apps and the comptetion in the app industry getting tougher, it’s easy for apps to spam you. Therefore, we have here made a comprehensive list of our few favorite relaxation apps for you to try:
Brain training games app
Your mind works uniquely and responds uniquely as well. Perhaps, the analogy of a child that needs constant play and distractions to keep it happy and healthy best describes how the brain is and works.
Elevate is a mobile app brain training game that offers its users exercises to jog the memory, respond in specific ways to strengthen the brain, and enhance skills such as speaking, processing, computation, etc.
The game allows you to progress at your preferred pace. It is quite popular with over fifteen million downloads worldwide and awarded Google’s Editor’s Choice. The feedback is promising, and users have claimed to have experienced increased confidence and better brain power.
It features more than forty brain games of varying levels of difficulty, each game level posing a new and progressive challenge for the brain to respond. Games include critical cognitive skills like focus, memory, processing, math, precision, and comprehension.
The app tracks your progress, sends you personalized challenges each day, and reminds you to exercise your brain each day for a few minutes to allow your mind the necessary reprieve from daily routines.
There are research and input from experts in developing the game. It offers free games and has in-app purchases for the ardent users. Go ahead and try it! It’s available for both Android and iOS users.
2. Noom Inc.
Exercise is a source of relaxing your body, mind, heart, and soul. Living life in moderation demands we take out some time – at least five times a week – to engage in some physical fitness pursuits.
Noom Inc. captures attention and offers you a convenient companion to watch those calories’ intake, count your steps and movements, and help you manage your health.
We recommend you try Noom Coach: Health and Weight and the Noom Walk Pedometer to manage the daily dietary and exercise needs.
Noom Coach: Health and weight work round the clock with you. It lets you chart the nutritional intake in your diet; offers support by way of tips, reminders and short articles to remind you of your health goals.
By logging your meals, you will be confident of your dietary intake, understand the impact of the nutritional value of food in your life, and make sensible choices.
Noom Coach has helped over 45 million satisfied users worldwide. It is free to download and lets you use it for free as well, however, there are some value-additive in-app purchases required for premium and personalized weight management programs.
From personal experience, we have loved Noom and enjoyed using the friendly and intuitive app on our handheld devices.
Check it out, and we’re sure you’ll love the app, and it will get you hooked on some great routines to manage our health. Remember: a healthy mind needs a healthy body.
Meditate, Sleep, Relax
Too often in our wakeful and subconscious states of mind, we are thinking of the past: of what could have been, and how it should have been. Or, thoughts of the future: how it ought to be and the things that I will do to make things happen my way, occupy our minds. While, in all its essence, the past and the future are both out of the controls of all human beings. However, it is the present that influences and designs a desirable future, hence creating a pleasurable past.
Being mindful helps in being focused and connected with the present and positively channel energies, physically and mentally to work harder and smarter for our goals and objectives.
Our favorite app Calm comes to rescue our minds. It reminds us to be mindful and meditate for greater clarity, the presence of mind, peace and serenity, joy and happiness in our daily lives.
The Calm app takes the user through progressive levels of learning how to meditate with simple exercises like listening to the sound of raindrop for 60 seconds. The app offers meditation sessions of varying lengths of time from 60 seconds to 25 minutes.
There are research and expert input in this app as well, and Calm is known to help calm anxiety, manage stress, induce sleep and maintain a healthy sleeping cycle. It offers exercises to develop and improve focus and concentration, channel positivity and boost self-esteem.
Calm is free of charge for download and use and has compatible versions for both Android and iOS users. The best part is that there are no advertisements to distort the calming experience! Some in-app purchases do apply.
Coloring therapy for adults
It is the simple things in life that bring joy and serenity in our lives. For busy professionals and people who are always on their toes, we recommend Colorfy – a coloring app for adults to lose their stress and anxiety by coloring away images.
Colorfy is free to download but requires in-app purchases. The user interface and graphics are neat. It has been on Google’s Editor’s Choice list and won the Best Apps of the Year 2016 by Google.
Users claim it is addicting for adults, and kids can also enjoy the motifs, bouquets, patterns, etc. to fill in with colors. It allows users to use the app without an internet connection.
It features patterns of color and a blank canvas to draw mandalas, with new images available for coloring each week. Users can color and recolor as they please, improving their design and sharing it with friends using filters and effects. The app allows users to share their creations on social media like Instagram and Pinterest. The Colorfy Plus subscription offers full access to more content and weekly image updates.
Counselling and therapy app
The Talkspace app claims to offer unlimited on-demand therapy and counseling from licensed or certified and verified therapists who communicate with the users on their handheld devices. The sessions carry professional service costs, and plans start as low as $32 a week.
The communication is guaranteed privacy and helps users who could be suffering from depression, anxiety, and stress, relationship issues, eating disorders and other emotional states of the mind.
The app accompanies the users and lets them conveniently reach out to be heard and listened to without being judged.
Manage stress. Live happier.
Mindfulness advocates being conscious of one’s feelings, thoughts, and emotions to function efficiently and with the clarity of mind. It is essential to keep track of one’s trail of thoughts and gauge the nature of those feelings.
Pacifica app helps the user identify their emotional states during the day and display a pattern of observable behavior. Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Pacifica offers exercises to learn and develop mindfulness meditation, relaxation, and track one’s mood and emotional health.
The thoughts and mood tracking mechanism help the user focus on breaking away from negative thoughts and manages stress, anxiety, and depression. The exercises and activities allow the user to progress at a comfortable pace.
It has been rated #1 by BuzzFeed and Forbes. The app is free to download, and there are some in-app purchases to be made for a premium user experience.
7. Yoga and Pilates apps
Yoga is perhaps one of the best overall solutions to train a healthy body, mind, heart, and soul. There are many apps available, which are compatible both with Android and iOS users, that teach yoga asanas or positions to calm the body, increase and regulate metabolism, aid in digestion, manage emotions and relieve stress and much more.
Yoga is an age-old meditation exercise and manages emotional and physical wellbeing. Here are some of the best apps for yoga enthusiasts or those looking for a less arduous, yet equally satisfying exercise routine.
Pilates is also a great exercise regimen and is similar to yoga. Pilates help in strengthening the core and lets you focus on flattening the stomach with strong back for proper posture and control of the whole body. Here are some of the best Pilates apps for you to choose from.
We shared a few of our favorite relaxation apps. The focus of each app is unique: some focus entirely on managing emotional states, others focus on a healthy diet to promote a healthy mind, while others offer exercises to relieve stress and uplift the mood.
We are trying to offer you ways to look after yourself and pay attention to the needs of your body for a healthy mind. Relaxation is the end product of many efforts that you will need to put in managing your well-being, which is first and foremost your responsibility towards yourself.
Have you tried any of these apps already? Which one was it and how did you like it? We would love to hear from you, share your experience and that will add value to many others reading this article today.
And if you have yet to try these apps mentioned here, head on over to Google Play Store or Apple Store to get these best relaxation apps today!
Ashley Rosa is a freelance writer and blogger. As writing is her passion that why she loves to write articles related to the latest trends in technology and sometimes on health-tech as well. She is crazy about chocolates. You can find her at twitter: @Ashrosa2