Your smartphone tirelessly delivers the latest news, social media updates, email, and text messages 24/7. But as always with this wonderful technology, there’s a flip-side that also lets you enjoy peace and quiet. I’ve found some wonderful apps that are actually designed to help you step away from the daily hustle-and-bustle, and provide tools for rest and relaxation. Plus, each of the apps discussed here are free, and will work with either iPhone or Android smartphones.
I’ve started using the daily programs on Calm to help me relax anytime I need to. It offers soothing sleep stories for you to listen to before bed, as well as gentle sounds from nature, simple breathing exercises, and other ways to gently clear your mind. If you’ve had a stressful day, or struggle to turn off your brain at bedtime, this app features wonderful tools to help you unwind.
You’ll find similar tools using Happify, which includes science-based activities and games designed to boost your mood. You’ll choose a personal “happiness” track, then complete and track your progress. There are quizzes, games, and activities that guide you to more positive aspects of life, and can boost your mood and spirit.
Getting a good night’s sleep is all about good habits and optimizing your night time environment. With the Sleep Better Tracker app, you’ll be able to monitor your sleep cycles and their duration to get a better understanding of what you really need to wake up refreshed each day. It helps you analyze personal and environmental factors affecting your nightly comfort, and lets you develop a personalized alarm clock which will gently wake you at the ideal time based on what your body really needs.
Sometimes, the best way to relax is just by having fun. Colorfy builds on the popular trend of coloring books for adults, giving you a convenient way to lose yourself in a few minutes of creativity whenever you find the time. Simply choose a design and “color” as you see fit. You can even share your art on social media.
Try one (or all) of these relaxation apps to bring some well-deserved peace of mind to your busy day. Turn your smartphone into a calming friend–just by trying a few new apps!