Are you feeling frazzled lately, or frequently finding yourself zoned out in a constant stream of unhealthy thought patterns? Welp, there's an app for that! Check out these seven brain-healthy apps that'll help you be on your way to a calmer, more peaceful you.
Whether you're trying to decrease your anxiety, get better at breathing through your yoga routine, or just looking to find a quiet moment to reconnect with the present, learning the art of diaphragmatic breathing will serve you well. This app takes you step-by-step from basic to advanced breathing practices, and even includes some yoga poses to pair with your breathing exercises.
Do you ever find yourself in an anxiety spiral, only to realize that you have no idea what you’re even worried about? MindMeister helps you create a visual map of your thoughts, allowing you to make your mental traffic jam into a tangible, viewable entity. You can even share with friends and help each other out of your mental ruts.
Calm.com’s lovely, minimal interface and calming scenes (users can choose from the beach at sunset, a rainforest, or a serene lake, complete with sound effects) make for a great app to settle your mind with. With the option of doing guided meditation or silent, self-directed sessions, Calm.com is great for beginners and seasoned meditators alike, Those new to meditation can enjoy a free, 7-step guide to meditation. Bonus feature- the nature sounds can serve as a sleep aid.
Another meditation app that can help improve your focus, sleep patterns and mood is Headspace. Similar to Calm.com, Headspace offers free meditation sessions, along with an introductory course on meditation. This course focuses on helping the user integrate mindfulness into their everyday life.
If you’re feeling more sleepy than meditative, or the world around you just isn’t creating the soundscape you’d prefer, White Noise might be the app for you. This app allows you to drown out the sounds around you to aid in sleep and relaxation. If you’re a frequent public-transport traveler, and the sound of That One Guy grates at the very core of your nerves, just pop your headphones in and choose from over 40 different sounds to bliss out to.
6. Marine Aquarium (iOS, $1.99)
It’s almost impossible to look at a beautiful aquarium and not feel mesmerized by the beauty and grace of the ocean’s puppies. The next best thing to a real aquarium is this app, which is exactly what it sounds like. Watch the beautiful creatures of the sea glide by, peacefully and with ease, and let your mind slow down along with them.
Here’s another app that will guide you in meditation and deep breathing. Users can choose their desired meditation time-frame, and whether you need a quick 5-minute break during the workday, or a longer 30-minute session at home, this app will help you come closer to your mental health goals.