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App-tastic: apps can help
App-tastic: apps can help

By Liz C

Take the stress right out of mindfulness and meditation with our update on the apps you need to download now

Sleep Cycle:

Getting enough sleep has never been trendier. This app monitors your night-time habits from your bedside table and uses its findings to gently nudge you awake at the least disruptive time possible.

The morning after, it'll present your sleep patterns to you in easy-to-understand graphs and detailed notes.


Run out of reasons to be cheerful? This self-improvement programme believes positivity is a skill you can control and learn. Users can brain-train their way to a more fulfilling life by scoring points on a checklist of games that draw on psychology, mindfulness and CBT techniques, designed to boost mood on a long-term basis.


Looking for a beginner's guide to meditation? Calm has a range of guided mindfulness programmes designed to help with a whole checklist of mental health issues: from managing workplace stress to improving disrupted sleep. The meditations are created with different lifestyles in mind, so you'll be able to fit the practice into your day.

Relaxtopia: iTunes

If you don't have the patience for meditation but you want some calming sounds to zone out to while answering emails, there's an app for that. Think of Relaxtopia as the Spotify of ambient noises, with a library of soothing sounds inspired by nature. Next time you've got a deadline looming, type away to the sounds of Zen gardens, rain and thunder.

10 Percent Happier:

Bestselling author Dan Harris's no-nonsense meditation app gives simple daily practices delivered straight to your device, led by some of the most respected mindfulness gurus in the game, like Joseph Goldstein and George Mumford. The video lessons will teach you the essentials in simple, layman's terms.

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