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5 of the Best Apps to Help You to Relax and Improve Your Mental Health

Stressed or anxious? Try out these apps

We already know that our phones are the source of a lot of our stress, anxiety and even relationship troubles, but smartphones can be used for good things too. Make room on your phone for these apps that will help you to relax, recharge and take some time for yourself. You might have to delete SnapChat to make space but no-one’s using that any more, anyway.

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HelloMind


Not all hypnosis involves tricking people into embarrassing themselves in front of an audience. Hypnosis is a powerful and incredible way to train your brain into doing what you want it to do. HelloMind is here to help you kick bad habits, alleviate anxiety and work on your insecurities, all through the practice of hypnosis. Choose from a list of issues you’d like to work on, including motivation, sleep, self-esteem, weight and love, and you’ll be guided through half-hour-long meditations, some of which are free and some you will have to pay a small amount for.

Colouring Book 2017


The adult-colouring-book craze of recent years blew up as a way for us to practice being mindful while being creative and making our inner child happy. Cute! But it’s a hassle to carry around a colouring book and crayons everywhere you go (and, TBH, people are probably going to look at you weirdly if you whip them out at a restaurant). There are a ton of colouring-book apps out there and Colouring Book 2017 is one of the best free ones. Any time you feel like you need to unwind a bit, open up your virtual book and get colouring. There are so many images to choose from and a colour palette that will put your childhood Crayolas to shame.

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Pause

When we’re bored or wanting to switch off for a bit, we usually mindlessly scroll through apps like Instagram or Twitter. Although it might feel mind-numbing, you’re actually stimulating and thus exhausting your brain further. Pause is designed to engage but relax your mind. You slowly drag a pretty-looking blob of colour around your phone screen while soothing, ambient sounds play. As you ‘play’ the blob gets bigger, and if you make any sudden or rushed movements the app reminds you to stay calm and slow down.

Daily Yoga

Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise for your mind because it is focused on calming and centring yourself (whereas a workout like running seems to be focused on making you think, ‘Oh my God, I hate running’ over and over again until you finish). However, it’s not always that easy to fit getting yourself to a yoga studio into your busy day. Daily Yoga is one of the best free yoga apps you can download. It incorporates other forms of exercise like Pilates and HIIT too, and you can set yourself specific goals based on whether you want more fitness benefits or more mental benefits.

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Stop, Breathe & Think


We all know that meditation is a good idea, mainly because anyone who ever speaks about it seems to glow with inner happiness. But it’s hard to know where and how to start to dip your toes into the calming pool of meditation. Luckily there’s an app for that. Stop, Breathe & Think encourages you to do just that – stop, breathe and think. The app teaches you how to meditate, guides you along your path to inner calm and sends you little reminders to breathe during the day.

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