It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, working too hard and committing to too much. When you finally take a step back and think about what you can do to improve your life, you realize it’s not as simple as one big change or the one secret to happiness. Instead, it’s the small things—being grateful, giving yourself a moment to breathe, and taking time to organize the chaos.
We’ve put together a list of a few simple apps that can make your life a little bit better.
Studies have shown mindfulness—the act of being intentionally conscious and aware—to be good for both your mental and physical health. With Headspace, you’ll get 10 sessions of 10-minute meditation to help you learn to practice mindfulness. After that, you can subscribe for a variety of other meditation series, to make mindfulness a part of your daily life
Centering your mind can help, but if your life is out of order, it won’t be long before you’re sucked back into it. With Todoist you can calm the chaos, turning emails into tasks that you can add to projects, set deadlines for, or assign to others.
Too much noise keeping you from getting work done? Noisli can help. This app provides a mix of background noises designed to produce productivity or help you relax. Use a preset option or create your own using familiar sounds—rain, thunder, rivers, wind and more. Plus, the color-changing background gives you the benefits of chromotherapy.
Your brain naturally looks for the negatives in life, but by focusing on the positives, you can actually rewire the way you think. Practicing gratitude is an easy way to do this. Gratitude Journal has you write down 5 good things from your day, every day, with reminders in place to help you make it a habit. Speaking of which…
They say it takes 21 days to build a habit. With Habit List, you can actually plan out those days to turn your goals into a part of your everyday life. Not only does the app track your progress, it shows you trends over time to keep you motivated.
Yes, there really is an app designed to help you put your phone down, because at the end of the day, sometimes that’s what you need. Forest helps you focus on your work, a conversation, a good book—whatever it is your phone is distracting you from—for 30 minutes. You start by planting a virtual tree. Over the next 30 minutes, it will grow. If you leave the app, you kill the tree. Harsh, but whatever works.