7 apps to help you relax
Get a little peace and quiet with the help of technology. These are the apps we're using to achieve that Zen mode
Calm, available on iPhone, Android and web, free
How it works: Calm has 10 'natural environments' (consisting of sound effects and visuals) to encourage your mind to slow down. You can decide between guided meditation, a voice feature that leads you through the session step by step, or self-meditation, and sessions range between two and 30 minutes.
Sleep Cycle, available on iPhone, 99 cents (approx. RM4.20)
How it works: Sleep Cycle is an alarm clock that tracks your sleep patterns using the movements you make in bed, and wakes you up during a phase called 'light sleep', when you are likely to feel the freshest. All you need to do is put your phone on your bed (if you're not worried about radiation) and go to sleep.
Equanimity, available on iPhone, $4.99 (approx. RM21)
How it works: If you're good at keeping to a schedule, then this is the app for you. Equanimity is all about practising a daily meditation routine. The app features a meditation timer, an in-app journal, and also displays graphical tracking that updates you on your routine.
Relax Melodies, available on iPhone and Android, free
How it works: Stress is the enemy of sleep. For those nights when counting sheep or drinking a warm glass of milk aren't enough to get some shut eye, this app might help. Relax Melodies has a selection of sounds and melodies that you can combine to create a mix that will assist you in falling asleep. Relax Melodies also lets the user share their tunes with other users, and has tips and articles on sleep.
Silk, available on iPhone and web, free
How it works: While other apps help you focus on not doing anything, this software keeps your mind focused by giving it a relaxing task: creating patterns using lattices of coloured light. Built by Yuri Vishnevsky, Silk aims to be a fun way for users to unwind after a long day.
Acupressure: Heal Yourself, available on iPhone and Android, $1.99 (approx. RM8.40)
How it works: Acupressure is an art of healing oneself by yourself. If you press on the correct pressure points, you can do anything from easing tension in the body to promoting blood circulation. This app will teach you to do just that and the best part is, you don't even need the internet for the app to work! But to be safe, you might want to go to an expert for this particular type of healing.
I Can Be Anything, available on iPhone, free
How it works: This 12-app series boasts of audio sessions that can help with anxiety, fears, stress, emotional instability and more. It can even help you outgrow bad habits or get into new ones. All you need to do is download the right one, give the audio session a listen once a day for two weeks and you'll be on the way to achieving whatever it is you want.