March 1, 2022News
The last year years have been stressful. After all, none of us expected to live through a pandemic. It’s easy to feel anxious, unsettled, and overwhelmed. With the uncertain world that we live in, self-care and wellness have never been more important. These trends are a lifestyle approach that we’re seeing across the industry. Whether it’s our skincare, eating habits, or the podcasts we’re listening to, we’re all trying to find ways to incorporate peace and tranquillity into our day.
It’s no surprise that some of the most popular apps of 2022 were ones that promoted wellness and encouraged users to bring a sense of calm into their day. Downloading one of these apps can help you bring structure to your daily wellness routine and give you easy ways to practice self-care.
We’re sharing five calming apps that we’ve downloaded for 2022 to kickstart our wellness journey. These apps are the perfect toxic for getting you through the final weeks of winter and back in control of your mental health.
If you’re new to the world of wellness and guided meditation, ‘Calm’ is the perfect place to start. This app is one you’ve likely come across on social media – especially with celebrities like Harry Styles involved. The app is packed full of treasures to help you to de-stress and relax throughout the day. It contains relaxing music tracks and mindful meditations.
What ‘Calm’ is most commonly used for is its popular ‘Sleep Stories’. You can think of them as adult bedtime stories read by some of the most recognisable celebrity voices. When you download the app, you can choose to focus on improving your sleep quality, reducing stress or anxiety, improving your focus, or improving yourself.
As the name suggests, Pause is an app that’s all about creating moments of calm in your day. This app is straightforward and easy to use – encouraging you to place your finger on the screen and gently moving it around in a guided meditation that makes you feel instantly calmer. As a daily mindfulness app, Pause can help you boost your focus, energy, and clarity.
This calming app is one that you can use on your daily commute or for moments when you start to feel overwhelmed or stressed out. It’s our go-to for days when we need to disconnect and calm our mind. Pause has won dozens of awards, including being named ‘pick of the week’ by Starbucks and ‘best of the app store’ by Apple.
Mindicine is an app that focuses on using sound frequencies to stimulate the five different types of brain waves. While this might sound very scientific, it’s all about engaging certain parts of your brain to allow you to focus and relax. The alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and theta brain waves can be used to help lower your anxiety, boost your focus, improve sleep, and even tackle your lack of creativity.
What we love about this app is that it allows you to create custom session lengths – giving you the freedom to listen to this guided meditation for a time that works for you. You can set the session to any time from 5 minutes (perfect for an instant de-stress) or 8 hours (ideal for a sleep session). Best of all, the app is free!
We’re all familiar with the idea of birds chirping and whale music being relaxing – but have you thought of giving thunder a try? Noisli is a calming app that uses the sounds of nature to help calm and focus our minds. It’s backed up by research from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School that suggests nature sounds – including thunder – can help to physically alter our mental states.
Noisli works by creating a custom blend of nature sounds to address specific goals – whether you want to relax and de-stress or focus on a project. This app provides the perfect background noise to “keep you sane, improve your focus, and boost your productivity”.
Are you looking for a calming app that is more interactive? We’ve got you! Why not try out ‘Happy Not Perfect’? This app was developed by a team of professionals, including a psychotherapist and neuroscientist.
What makes this app unique is that it creates a daily routine for every user that is curated to their situation and mood. Its purpose is to help you relax, release stress, and create moments of peace in your day. You’ll discover breathing exercises and mini games to give your mind a mental workout.
Which of these calming apps will you be download? Tell us about your wellness routine below!
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