Health and wellness apps to keep you happy, healthy and in a better state of mind
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Newsflash: Our smartphones and range of other devices are good for other purposes, besides mindlessly scrolling through our Instagram timelines or swiping right on yet another douchebag. In fact, your trusty tech can even boost your health and well-being, if you let it — via a host of multi-purpose apps aimed to do just that. There are those that help with healing, those that help with your monthly cycle, and basically functions that wouldn't take a jab at your mental health and self-esteem. A download button might just keep the doctors away...
Daily reminder to drink water
Download: Plant Nanny
Here's the thing, you're a plant in this narrative. If you're anything like us, neglecting to drink enough water seems all too familiar especially when it's coupled with caffeinated beverages. Needless to say, it's difficult to stay hydrated but with the Plant Nanny App in your life, that all might change. Don't be fooled by the peculiar sounding name — this app calculates how much water you should drink according to your weight and activity level. Marrying the organic plant growing process with hydration, the cumbersome activity of drinking water has transformed into an interactive game of sorts. It's as simple as this: Meet your daily water quota and your plant may live to see another day. If not, it will die. Paired with cute animations that will serve as a fun reminder to keep yourself and the virtual plant hydrated throughout the day.
Track your period
Download: Clue App
It's that time of the month again and there's nothing worse than being unprepared. So, why not enlist the help of a programmed application that aims to track and analyse your menstrual cycle for you? Better yet, learn about how your period affects you by logging in your symptoms and other lifestyle factors such as sleep or sexual activity. With Clue's clean interface, inclusivity and accuracy, this app serves as not only a period tracker, but also an educator in the bedroom. Yes, that's right — Clue's health insights has even helped multiple women conceive, while educating them on the ins and outs of their body. In 2020, we're here for all of that.
Assess your sleep quality
Download: Sleep Cycle App
Insomnia got the best of you? Feeling groggy after a short, interrupted sleep session? You might need Sleep Cycle to configure this. Relying on movement and sound analysis to identify sleep states, this app will monitor signals from your body to wake you softly when you are at your lightest sleep stage — so say goodbye to grumpy mornings. Dare we say it, with this app you may never have to take naps to make up for the lack of sleep — that's assuming Netflix doesn't get to you first.
In the fast paced world we live in, it's important to take a breather once in a while and declutter your mind from all its stress inducing thoughts. If you weren't aware, it has been medically proven — that by practicing meditation as few as ten minutes a day, leads to reduced stress and anxiety and strengthens cardiovascular health and relaxation levels. Where better to start on your mindfulness journey than the raved-about Headspace app? Even celebs like Jessica Alba, Jared Leto, Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson — just to name a few — are avid users. Led by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, Headspace teaches its millions of users the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with focal points ranging from sleep to stress. It also offers a free trial featuring ten sessions for ten minutes each with video infographics to illustrate it further.