LIFESTYLE

These Wellness And Mindfulness Apps For iPhone And Apple Watch Can Keep You Happy And Healthy

02/25/2016 05:28 pm 17:28:33 | Updated 25 February 2016

Technology has, rather unfairly, become the villain of staying stress-free. Well no longer.

If used properly your iPhone or Apple Watch can become forces for change, actively encouraging you to do the things that ultimately will make you happier and calmer.

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These apps come in every shape and size and can accommodate even the most severe stress-skeptic among us.

Whether it's finding an app that does something as simple as remind you to drink enough water to an app that can become your personal yoga instructor, there's something for everyone.

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These are the apps won't try and turn you into a gym addict, or a health freak, instead they just want to make you happier overall.

It should come as no surprise then that many of these apps can be found on the iPhone or Apple Watch. Tim Cook said that 'Sitting is the new cancer' and in many ways our connection to our technology is as much to blame as we are.

Rejecting the idea that apps are bad for you then is this collection of simple, but effective tools which can help you accomplish little changes we guarantee will make a difference.

Wellness And Mindfulness Apps

  • 1 3 Minute Mindfulness
  • It might sound silly but something as simple as breathing can make all the difference when works starts to get on top of you. You can use three different short breathing techniques both on your iPhone or through the Apple Watch app with gentle cues telling you when to inhale and exhale. It's not rocket science, but sometimes not-rocket-science is just what you need.
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  • 2 Lark
  • Lark is for those of us that might need that gentle nudge along the road. Created by Harvard and Stanford health experts this AI-style app actually has a conversation with you about your fitness/health goals and objectives. The Apple Watch app lets you send pre-determined responses so you can still chat on the go. It'll even pipe up with a little bit of encouragement if you're feeling stuck in a rut.
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  • 3 Pause
  • Pause is simplicity at its best. You simply set a time, connect some headphones and then follow the instructions. This audiovisual app asks you to follow your finger around the screen. Think of this as mental yoga and you'll get the idea!
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  • 4 Pocket Yoga
  • Pocket Yoga is just that, it's quite literally every yoga technique you can think of crammed into your Apple Watch. This isn't just an encyclopaedia though, it's your teacher as well. Monitoring your heart rate via Apple Watch the app will take you through pre-loaded sessions and even show you the techniques as you're doing them.
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  • 5 Streak
  • Ever wanted to start a habit but found that in the end it just fizzes out? Streak is here to help, you simply set the routine you'd like to lead and Streak will start getting you on the right track. Start sticking to them and you'll create 'streaks' which will eventually become second nature. The Apple Watch app gently buzzes with reminders and encouragement to keep you motivated as well.
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  • 6 Waterminder
  • Being in an office can breed two rather disturbing habits: Sitting still for too long and not drinking enough water. Well thankfully your Apple Watch already has a reminder to get you standing and now Waterminder works to get you drinking enough fluids. Using your Apple Health data Waterminder simply gets you to log everytime you have a drink, helping visualise the amount you should be drinking and how far away you are from your recommended amount.
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