The Best Wellbeing Apps 2020
Given the stressful nature of the news cycle and the world at large at the moment, it’s not surprising that, for many of us, managing our personal wellness has become an essential part of our day-to-day lives.
When it comes to resources for wellness, your phone can be your best friend. The popularity and ubiquitousness of both the Andriod and iOS mean that there is a vast range of apps out there to be used.
A brief glance at the Google App Store or the Apple Store will give you access to everything from mobile ports of AAA games like the hugely popular Fornite Mobile, to some of the most popular poker apps such as Knockout Poker, and indie releases from startup studios. Wellness apps are just part of that enormous range of choices, and there are some excellent apps out there.
So, if you’re struggling with stress or anxiety and need a little digital help in centering yourself, here is our pick of the best wellbeing apps for 2020.
Headspace is probably the most well-known wellness app, and there is a reason for its popularity. The app itself is a well-designed and straightforward entryway to meditation, mindfulness, and easy to use daily relaxation techniques that help hundreds of thousands of people deal with stress every day.
The app itself operates on a “Freemium” model, allowing users access to essential utilities such as guided meditation and daily mindfulness targets, with premium features available for paying users.
If meditation is the way you deal with stress, the Meditopia is an excellent app to add to your collection. The app itself has over 1000+ guided meditations, split into different categories, that help you deal with the emotional roadblocks of a stressful life.
If you’re an Apple fan, you’ll be happy to know that you can listen to all of the content on Meditopia through your Apple Watch.
My Possible Self
According to the World Health Organization, depression and other mental illnesses are among the leading causes of disability. One step in helping manage mental illness is being able to track and recognize symptoms and triggers, and that where My Possible Self comes in.
The app uses a ‘moments’ system to track you day-to-day feelings and allow you to recognize, and avoid or manage, patterns and triggers that degrade your wellbeing.
Sleep is an integral part of a huge range of important activities, from maintaining brain health to losing weight. The Sleep Cycle helps you track how well you sleep through the night, allowing you to pinpoint the things that interrupt or degrade your sleep and when your sleep patterns suggest you should be going to bed and getting up.
While it might not have the most appealing name, Streaks is a motivational app that lets users “form good habits” by allowing them to track tasks that they think will be beneficial to their lives.
The app itself lets you track up to twelve tasks and shows you the benefits of your persistence with charts showing your progress towards preset goals.
Yoga Studio: Mind & Body
Yoga has significant links to relaxation and reduced stress and Yoga Studio: Mind & Body is a great way to integrate yoga into your day-to-day routine.
The yoga sessions on this app are split into difficulties, running from beginner to experienced, and there are also special classes for pregnant women and those suffering from back pain.
If you’re an office worker, there are also specific classes designed for you to be able to do at your desk.
Given that there are clear links between exercise, reduced stress, and better mental health, this list wouldn’t be complete without at least one exercise app. There are plenty of apps out there that will help you track your actual exercise, but Classpass helps actually get you to the gym by letting you know about the best fitness classes in your area.
The app does require a subscription, but the benefit of that is that you can search for a particular class, or type of class, book a space, then just go to the class. There's no need to join the gym it’s being hosted in!