These Apps Will Increase Your Happiness and Productivity
We’re all about simple, easy hacks that will boost mood, increase happiness, and improve our health (who isn't). And we’re already huge fans of these five simple hacks to boost your mood in an instant and we already practice how to get happy in five minutes or less. So, to celebrate World Mental Health Day today, we’ve rounded up the best wellbeing apps that will help put a smile on your dial. From meditation and exercise workouts to music therapy, these apps were created to help you be the happiest and healthiest version of yourself you can possibly be. And not only for today, for everyday. Scroll on and turn your smartphone into a health guru.
MoodMission is an iPhone app designed to help users overcome low moods and anxiety by discovering new and better ways of coping. Users tell MoodMission how they're feeling and then the app gives a tailored list of five simple, quick, effective, evidence-based “Missions" to improve the users mood. Completing “Missions" can help prevent everyday mood disturbances from developing into mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety disorders.
This Apple Design Award 2016 winner provides short, achievable exercises users can fit into their lives every week. Zova’s philosophy, fitness to feel great, is based on research showing regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve mental health. Exercise has been found to reduce symptoms of stress, depression, low self-esteem and helps you sleep better. Zova encourages users to be more active, even if it’s just for 10 minutes, by providing daily exercise recommendations ranging from walking to targeted workouts.
The new Breathe app for Apple Watch OS 3 guides you through a series of deep breaths that can help you better manage everyday stress or just experience a few calming moments. Start at any time and let the mesmerising animation and gentle taps help you focus. See your heart rate when you’re done, and use the Time to Breathe reminders to fit a session into each day.
With beautiful Tibetan singing bowls and a dynamic worldwide community, Insight Timer is a fun and connected way to support your meditation practice. If you're new to meditation you'll find more than 2,000 free guided meditations and a supportive community to get started. If you're an experienced meditator you'll feel right at home with our beautiful Tibetan singing bowls and guided meditations by experienced teachers that you know and respect.
Breath of Light is a meditative and beautiful puzzle game with a hypnotic soundtrack. Inspired by modern minimalism combined with a range of meditative art styles, players find their zen by guiding energy rocks around the mystic garden, setting them in place and watching the energy settle into its new flow.
Based on the ancient principles of Tai Chi and mindfulness practice, PAUSE brings the act of focused attention to your iPhone. By slowly and continuously moving your fingertip across the screen, PAUSE triggers the body’s ‘rest and digest’ response, quickly helping you regain focus and release stress within minutes.
To learn more about how technology can benefit and improve your wellbeing, Apple are holding a free event in Sydney lead by psychologist and CEO of Smiling Mind, Dr Addie Wootten. See event details below.
Event: Wellbeing and Technology with Streaks and Smiling Mind
Details: Technology may be making life busier, but it can also help us live more balanced lives. There are devices and apps to help you focus your thoughts, manage your time, breathe deeper and form good habits. Come and hear from Dr Addie Wootten, psychologist and CEO of Smiling Mind — an app-based meditation program — and Quentin Zervaas, Co-Founder of the Streaks habit-tracking app. They’ll be joined by psychologist Dr Paula Robinson in a discussion about the intersection of wellbeing and technology.
When: Thursday, 27 October at 6:00 pm (Apple Sydney)