Smartphones are pretty much ubiquitous now, and sometimes they honestly get a bad rap. While they shouldn’t be overused, there are many ways in which they can improve our lives. Everything in moderation, right? Seriously though, if you use them in a healthy, productive way, they can make a positive impact. To do so, you’ll want to find apps that are actually beneficial to you. That’s, of course, opposed to ones that have you mindlessly scrolling all day.
Sometimes being mindful can be somewhat challenging, but it does have serious, proven benefits. It may seem difficult to take time to meditate every day, but your mobile device can help. There are a whole host of apps out there that make it easy to reap the rewards of mindfulness. (They include reducing anxiety, staving off depression, and lowering stress, among other things.)
A few popular apps are called Simple Habit, Mindfulness, Headspace, Smiling Mind, and Calm.
Apps for Curbing Social Media Addiction
Spending too much time on social media? There are several apps than can help you unplug, so to speak. Forest is one of our favorites, but there’s also BreakFreem Flipd, AppDetox, and Moment.
Water Consumption Trackers
Make sure you stay well hydrated throughout the day with a dehydration tracker like Daily Water Tracker Reminder. Some apps even work in conjunction with a smart water bottle, like H2Opal. These apps can help you make sure you’re getting plenty of water, which is quite important for staying healthy.
If you have an iPhone, you already have a sort of built-in sleep tracker available in the Clock app. (It also integrates with the Health app, too.) This can help you keep track of how much sleep you’re getting and help you set bedtimes. If you’re an Android user or are looking for something more robust, there are still many other sleep tracking apps. There’s Sleep Cycle, Auto Sleep, and – just for you Android users – Sleep as Android. These will even measure the quality of the sleep you’re getting.
Mood Monitoring Apps
Sleep aside, there are also apps to help monitor your mood. These include apps that let you keep a diary, like Daylio, or track and set goals. For the latter, we like Moodlytics. There’s also iMoodJournal, Therapy Buddy, MindShift, MoodTrack Diary, and many others.