Stressed out? From tips on mindfulness and mediation to soothing sounds that help with sleep, here are seven apps to help you lead a zen lifestyle.
1. Headspace, (Free, iOS and Android)
If you're new to the mindfulness scene, Headspace is a great place to start. It's 10 minute guided meditation sessions are made for beginners and best of all, they are free. Track your progress on your personalized page and use the 'buddy system' to share your peaceful experiences with friends. Emma Watson is said to be a fan.
2. Relax Melodies, (free, iOS and Android)
If stress is keeping you awake at night, the soothing sounds provided by this app could be just what you need to drift off. Choose from different white noises and binaural beats to create your perfect relaxing mix. Guided mediations on time management, self esteem and creativity are also available.
Karmic offers daily reminders to be mindful of both yourself and others around you. Take on the challenge of doing a good deed and grow your 'Karmic Aura' by earning points from each one you complete. You'll get extra feel-good points if you use the meditation tool, too.
4. Omvana, (free, iOS and Android)
From breathing techniques to sleep tips, Omvana is home to a collection of over 500 meditation tracks. As well as guided mediations, subscribers can also tune in to inspirational poetry, music and speeches. The overall goal? To combat stress, increase productivity and encourage positivity.
5. ThinkUp, (free, iOS)
If you're prone to thinking negatively, a change in mindset could lead the way to a happier life. This app encourages you to make that change through positive affirmations. Choose from a list of over 300 professionally-edited affirmations or if you'd rather listen to your own voice, make a recording of your life goals. Set notifications to be reminded of these when you need to hear them most.
6. LifeCharge, (free, iOS)
If meditation isn't for you, simply making a note of the good and bad things that happen throughout your day might be a more beneficial option. LifeCharge lets you "see your life at a glance" by logging the positive and negative events you encounter and charting them on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It's a great reminder of happy moments you may have forgotten and encourages reflection on achievements.
7. Happify, (free, iOS and android)
How happy are you? If the answer is "not very," listen up. The people at Happify report 86% of users are happier within two months of using the app, which improves emotional wellbeing through inspiring tracks, games and quizzes. As well as stress relief, this app provides guidance on career success, self-confidence and the power of positive thinking. Perhaps the most satisfying function is monitoring your "happiness score." Watch it rise and be prepared to feel uplifted (and a little smug).