8 FIVE OF THE BEST WELL­NESS APPS

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HAPPIFY

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).

DAILY YOGA

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).

BREATHE2RELAX

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).

UR­BAN MAS­SAGE

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).

CALM

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).

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