8 FIVE OF THE BEST WELLNESS APPS
Everybody wants more happiness in their life. This app points you in the direction of thoughts and feelings that will boost your mood, using short games that are fun to play. It will suggest a track for you to follow – whether reducing negative thoughts, improving friendships or one of the many other options. An easy way to put a smile on your face. Free to download, subscription £3.75 a month if you sign up to a year (happify.com).
No need to book trendy classes or have the latest gear. This yoga app brings the classes to you, with more than 100 tutorials available (from beginner to pro) and the largest online database of poses to master. There’s an online community to help you stay involved and even a selection of music that will put you in a relaxed state of mind. Free to download, subscription £3.20 a month if you sign up to a year (dailyyoga.com).
Think you don’t need to be taught how to breathe? You might be wrong. This app shares the secrets to the calming health benefits of diaphragmatic breathing (or belly breathing), which can help to relax you during times of increased stress. This is not one of the fancier apps available, but it’s clear and has a more scientific approach for those who might not think meditation is for them. Free to download (t2health.dcoe.mil).
A massage is the ultimate relaxing indulgence, and now it’s easier than ever to treat yourself. Simply download the app, insert your address, pick a date and the type of massage you would like (deep tissue, Thai, relaxing…) and a professional therapist will come to your house. Don’t worry, they bring their own massage table and other essentials. With prices starting from £65 for 60 minutes, it’s affordable and easy (urbanmassage.com).
This app aims to introduce time-strapped people to meditation, with a free, bite-sized seven- day plan. Subscribe to receive extra content and you will find tutorials that focus on modern- day issues. What sets this app apart is that it also focuses on that other concern of the stressed: sleep. Its bedtime stories will help you drift off peacefully – well, it worked when you were a kid. Free to download, subscription from £3.89 a month if you sign up to a year (calm.com).