Time to get Appy?

IT’S ONLY NATURAL TO FEEL A LITTLE LOW WITH THE CHANGING SEASON. IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A BOUT OF THE BLUES, THEN DON’T WORRY; HELP IS AT HAND - LITERALLY. WE’VE ROUNDED UP OUR TOP FIVE APPS TO LIFT YOUR MOOD AND HELP YOU SEE A BRIGHTER WAY THROUGH THE GLOOMIER DAYS.


CALM

The name suggests that this could be the king of mindfulness apps, but its title is justified according to app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower. This award-winning app generated close to 4 million downloads across the globe in 2020 - more than any other wellness app. Calm’s focus is mental fitness, which is why it’s a one-stop-shop for everything, from meditation and sleep to music and movement. Whether you’re new to meditation or a pro, it’s designed to keep your mental health in check, keeping anxiety and stress at bay. www.calm.com


HEADSPACE

According to TechCrunch, Headspace was the second most downloaded wellness app after Calm, not only in Great Britain, but across the globe; high praise indeed. If you’re new to meditation, this one might be for you because guided meditation, mindful workouts, and sleep techniques are perfect for beginners. More advanced meditators will appreciate the scope to take their practice to the next level with untimed sessions. www.headspace.com


GRATEFUL

This one pretty much does what it says on the tin, reminding us of the things we take for granted and encouraging us to find gratitude in every day. The key is consistency, so you’re prompted to note daily, positive experiences that make you feel grateful. You can add notes, photos, and tag entries, which are helpful when you need to look back on darker days. If you need a reminder to count your blessings then this one’s for you. apps.apple.com/us/app/grateful-agratitude-journal/id1197512462


HAPPIFY

This chirpy little app is designed to put you in the happiness driving seat by actively taking control of your own wellbeing and mental health. You’re encouraged to analyse your thoughts, emotions and behaviours to improve your quality of life. Its main aim is to build resilience by changing negative thoughts, decreasing anxiety, gaining confidence, and boosting self-esteem. It’s also goal-oriented, which makes it a rewarding app for everyday mood-boosting. www.happify.com

FEELING GOOD

If you’re someone who needs an app that’s backed up by science, then Feeling Good offers positive mental training audio programmes based on scientific research. Whether you need to lift your mood, recover from stress, build resilience or develop positive feelings, this app is highly acclaimed for boosting mental health. It’s backed by the NHS and incorporates Olympic sports psychology, which is quite a ringing endorsement for its potential to positively benefit wellbeing. www.nhs.uk/apps-library/ feeling-good-positive-mindset/