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6 apps to stay Zen

Our favourite apps to help you stay calm and happy

During these uncertain and unprecedented times, everyone’s finding different ways to cope, whether it’s baking, keeping active or making sure to stay connected with loved ones. 

Feeling anxious is normal for us all, so read on for our top 6 ways to achieve extra Zen in your life.  Our favourite apps will help you feel relaxed and focused. 


Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds

With many of us tackling changes in routine and anxieties, we're finding it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds promises to change all that by letting you create your own unique blend of noises to fall asleep to, with bedtime stories, nature sounds and the app’s very own SleepMoves: a series of body-mind exercises crafted with sleep professionals.

Relax Melodies comes highly rated, with top reviews from The Guardian and Business Insider, and a whopping 50 million downloads to date.

Free to use.

Download on Android.
Download on iOS.

Smiling Mind 

Designed to tackle calmness in every area of your life, Smiling Mind aims to improve your level of Zen across relationships and work, as well as helping you get great sleep.

The app offers hundreds of 5-15 minute meditations; enough to keep you engaged without overwhelming you with choice. 

Free to use.

Download on Android.
Download on iOS

Calm

Ranked the number one app for sleep and mediation, Calm offers a raft of features to get you feeling Zen again. As well as daily guided sessions, the app offers exclusive music tracks designed to (you guessed it) calm you. However, our favourite feature by far is Sleep Stories: bedtime stories for adults, read by the likes of the soothingly-voiced Stephen Fry and Matthew McConaughey.

Free 7-day trial, then £28.99 per year.

Download on Android.
Download on iOS

Headspace

Have you ever travelled to Asia, ditched Uni and decided to become a Buddhist monk? Us neither, but that’s exactly what the founder of Headspace did, and he now boasts over 60 million users worldwide. The app is perfect for those who are new to meditation and mindfulness, with guided sessions broken down into easy-to-follow, bite-sized chunks of just a few minutes.

£9.99 per month or £44.99 per year.

Download on Android.
Download on iOS.


Reflectly

If the idea of mediation seems altogether too LA for you, Reflectly is the app for you. Describing itself a journal for happiness, the app aims to deal with negative thoughts and make your own positivity louder. There are no guided mantras, Reflectly simply asks you how your day was, and asks you to think about why it was good, which is then noted as part of your journal. Users say it helps them reflect on the positives in life and feel more gratitude.

Free 7 day trial, then £41.99 per year.

Download on Android.
Download on iOS


Portal

Since all we’re currently seeing these days is our own four walls, it’s easy to find yourself daydreaming about far-flung corners of the world and starting to think about where you want to go when this is all over. For now, Portal can transport you to the world’s most soothing destinations: with visuals and sounds from stunning beaches, mountaintops and forests, all with the aim of leaving you blissfully Zen and focused.

£3.99 to download.

Download on iOS only