Winter is here, you have already abandoned your good resolutions for 2017 and your next holiday seems a long way away…So, you are feeling really stressed out and tired, you are short of confidence, you are struggling to motivate yourself to head into work and you just want to spend your weekends wrapped up under your duvet. The Collective has selected 8 apps to bring some positive thinking into your life. Eight “anti-blues” apps to relax, recharge your batteries, sleep better and get a positive outlook!
A minimalist, simple and beautifully designed app, Smylife is based on an exercise thought up by Dr. Philippe Rodet to reduce daily stress levels. It involves writing down ‒ like in a logbook ‒ your emotions and experiences, both positive and negative, during the day. The app also invites you to evaluate your wellbeing or stress levels and relive your favorite moments before going to sleep.
Happify helps you build the foundations for sustainable happiness thanks to science. Its approach is slightly peculiar, but if 86% of people feel happier after using it for just two months (according to the site), it would be a shame not to try it. After registering, you are invited to choose from several track options (such as “cope better with stress”, “build confidence in yourself” or “conquer negative thoughts”), with programs created by scientists who are experts in happiness, based on a series of activities, games, quizzes, etc.
The Zenfie app enables you to learn mindfulness meditation, which promotes relaxation, better stress management, a zen attitude and improved concentration. You have access to ten free meditation sessions, lasting around ten minutes each, over 10 days, following which you can continue with the program by signing up for a subscription or buying specific modules (“letting go”, “learning how to sleep well again”, “improving your interpersonal relationships”, etc.).
Relax don’t do it: Binaural – Pure Binaural Beats
Designed by an independent developer, Binaural is based on binaural beats, auditory artefacts perceived by the brain, which are believed to have an impact on relaxation, concentration, health or sleep. The app is very easy to use: you simply choose a wave frequency, which you want to relax, meditate or fall asleep to, then launch the timer and select a visual theme. Binaural even reproduces the sound of rain.
>> Download the app from the App Store (Free)
Gardens are a refuge, a haven of peace. As people with green fingers will tell you, gardening stimulates, recharges your batteries, brings peace of mind and offers a deep sense of balance. The creators behind Inner Garden have really understood this and transposed this experience onto your mobile. You will be able to create and maintain your dream virtual garden ‒ from zen to classic French-style and tropical gardens ‒ and liven it up with in-app purchases. The more well-stocked your garden, the more chance you will have of seeing rare animals or flowers appear. Real happy therapy!
>> Download the app from Google Play (Free)
Our devices, and their permanent connections, can sometimes be a source of stress. But these same devices can also help us to manage our time better. We have proof with Offtime, the essential “digital detox” app, bringing you a bit of respite in a hyperconnected world. With an overview of your activity on your smartphone, Offtime enables you to create profiles in order to block calls, text messages, notifications and even access to applications, while still allowing certain contacts to get in touch with you. The app works like a filter for the timeframe you choose, enabling you to concentrate on your work and have a good time with the people you love, with total peace of mind. When you reconnect, you get a full list of everything that has happened while you have been offline.
Yoga.com is one of the world’s most popular yoga apps. Easy-to-use, modern and very well-designed, it is renowned for its particularly clear instructions. With 45 predefined programs, the app offers over 300 poses and breathing exercises, tailored to your level and needs, accompanied by detailed descriptions, HD videos, 3D images indicating the muscles you are working on, as well as audio-guides so you can perfect your poses without having to keep your eyes glued to your mobile. Those who master the language of Shakespeare will also be able to test out Yoga Studio and Daily Yoga, another two very good apps.