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Apps 100% guaranteed to improve your relaxation

To celebrate World Relaxation Day, we have rounded up some of the best apps to help you chill out. Whether you are feeling stressed due to Covid, or you just fancy a little self-care, we’ve got you covered.

From coursework deadlines, to multiple iced coffees, if your day to day life is keeping you up at night, then it’s probably time to introduce a relaxation routine.

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Apps for relaxation

Scrolling on your phone can often feel like it has the opposite effect of relaxation. However, if you take a step back from Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok and instead channel your screen time into apps designed to benefit your mental health, then a phone can be a godsend.

We’ve gone to the app store and found the top 5 best rated apps, guaranteed to help you sleep better, deal with your anxiety and just chill out.

What apps are best for relaxation?

  1. Calm
  2. 10% Happier
  3. Headspace
  4. Sleep Cycle
  5. MYLIFE

Calm

Ever wanted to try meditation but didn’t know how to get into it? Calm is basically the beginners guide you were looking for. Choose from hundreds of guided meditation sessions, ranging from 3 minutes to 25 minutes, depending on how much time you want to dedicate from your day.

10% Happier

This app, also known as Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, does exactly what it says on the tin. It is created specifically for those people who think they are too fidgety to embrace the art of mindfulness and meditation. By taking baby steps you can work on making yourself a little more relaxed and joyful every day.

Headspace

No list is complete without the Headspace app. Possibly one of the most popular relaxation apps out there, it was founded by a Buddhist monk and touches on teachings and meditation methods he has learned over the years. The basic free version offers support from those suffering a panic attack, those wanting to meditate and those looking to mindfulness advice.

Sleep Cycle

If you hate the sound of your alarm as much as we do, Sleep Cycle will be a godsend. A huge part of your mood throughout the day is based on how well you slept the night before. Simply set your “wake up phase” (that’s a period of 60 before your alarm) and the app will detect when you are at your lightest sleep during that time and wake you up. It prevents a nasty awakening and allows you to come round more naturally. No more getting up at the wrong side of the bed.

MyLife

MyLife is a meditation and mindfulness app focussed on helping you find your quiet place. It allows you to track your emotions and recommends short guided meditations and mindfulness activities, based on how you feel that day. Whether you’re anxious, sleepless, hopeful, angry, or anything in between, they got your back.

Clothes for relaxing

In order to get into the right headspace for relaxation, it is key to be comfortable. Try slipping into your favourite pair of joggers or yoga pants for your relaxation session.