Self-improvement apps: Help can come in any shape and size!
Self-improvement for most of us seems like quite a daunting task. Where do we start? How do we end? What do we do? How do we go about it? While some of us have help from or near and dear ones, most of us take on this massive mission alone. So to help us keep track of our progress and make sure we don’t deviate much from our operation path, self-improvement apps have taken over the internet sphere. Here, we take a look at some of them, and hope they make your daunting duty, a little bit easier.
- Simply Being: this meditation app can make concentration and focus much easier. All you need to do is set a time, and start. Be it 5, 10, 15 minutes or an hour, just set the time, add nature sounds or relaxing music for the background and start. Let your energies flow into your inner spirit and let the music left your soul and cleansed your mind. Available for all the phones – Windows, Android, iPhone and Blackberry!
- Lumosity: this app has a variety of brain jogging games that will give your grey matter a good workout! Get ready to exercise your mind and get your daily dose of general knowledge at the same time! This app has exercises that can improve your memory, attention span and problem-solving ability and speed.
- Lift: this app helps you set reminders or tasks you want to form a habit of. Once you’ve accomplished that task on the given day, you can check it off your list. The tasks can be as simple as “floss”. It also helps you keep track of how many consecutive days you’ve completed the task without a break and how many days overall. It also helps you connect with others on the app and give them the motivation to help them complete their tasks. Available on the web and iOS.
- Beeminder! “Reminder with a sting!”: this app available on android and iOS, lets you achieve personal goals in a pinching sort of a way. You set reminders for the goal you want to accomplish, like quit smoking, and every time you deviate from the task, you have to pay in real money! There is a fine for every deviation. With the financial incentive hanging over your head, who would make the mistake of going off track!
- Stress Check and Stress Doctor: these two apps work hand in hand and have a similar function. The stress check app checks your anxiety levels by monitoring your heart rate variation using the camera and light feature on your smartphone. Once you realise that your stress level is high, you can use the Stress Doctor app to reduce it..
- Unstuck: this app, though only available for the iPad, can really help you get out of situations where you feel “stuck”. It gives you digital coaching from the other users who first diagnose the problem or analyse the situation you’re stuck in, and then give you advice to tackle the same!
- The Worry Box: this app helps you password protect and lock away your worries in a cognitive diary on your phone. Just list down the stress you are facing, and this will help you list down the way to cope with it. If you think you already have a plan then write it down step by step and the worry box will help you finish it, if you think that it’s too much for you to handle, then select from a pre-set list given by the app to help you think about the situation differently.