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The best wellbeing apps for your smartphone

Yoga

It seems like life is getting more hectic by the day, so it can be a real struggle to find time to look after yourself. For people who are always on the go, what better way to take a moment for your own wellbeing than to download an app for it? There is a huge range of health and wellbeing apps out there promising to transform your life these days, but we’ve chosen five of the best that have the potential to improve your mental and physical health.

Happify

Happify

Download: Android, iOS

The Happify app is a fantastic tool to help you cleanse your mind of negativity and encourage a more positive outlook. Using evidence-based interventions from positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy, the app claims 86% of users feel happier in only 2 months. While it’s a little pricey with its lowest subscription at around £4 per month, it offers powerful scientifically-proven techniques for better emotional health.

Balanced

Balanced

Download: iOS

If you’re struggling to find the motivation to keep going with all those healthy habits you’ve been trying to get into, the Balanced app can really help you. The app is designed to put you in full control of your habits, helping you stay motivated to exercise, meditate, or even write your novel. With positive feedback and a very easy to use interface, this app can easily help you pack more into your day.

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle

Download: Android, iOS

Waking up groggy and confused can put a dampener on your whole day. Designed to wake you up naturally, the Sleep Cycle alarm clock app analyses your sleep patterns and then wakes you up at the optimum time to help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. The app dynamically listens for the sounds of movement while you’re sleeping and then calculates whether you’re in a light or deep sleep phase. Promising to gently draw you out of sleep when you’re ready, within a thirty-minute window of your chosen wake up time, this app can be a real life-changer.

Yoga Studio

Yoga Studio

Download: Android, iOS

How many times have you promised yourself you’d exercise in the morning before work? With the Yoga Studio app you can easily start your day with a customised yoga class from only 10 minutes to a full hour. With readymade classes for strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance, or even a combination of all four, the app offers a huge selection to suit you whether you’re a beginner or lifelong yogi. With easily personalised classes this app is a great choice to get you back into the yoga life.

Calm

Calm

Download: Android, iOS

If you’ve always wanted to try meditation the Calm app is a fantastic choice. With a huge range of guided mindfulness meditations including Calming Anxiety, Managing Stress, and Deep Sleep, it’s easy to find something to suit your needs. It’s a solid app for both beginners and experienced users containing micro-meditations of only 3 minutes right through to fully guided 25-minute meditations and open-ended meditations.