Spread the Health

Rest & Relax With These Apps

This semester, we’re featuring phone apps that are designed with your health in mind. Earlier we told you about the fabulous mobile food tools, Fooducate and Lose It!

This post features apps that can help you make the most of your time to yourself – that is – rest and relaxation time.  Stress is a major concern for everyone at some point in the semester – these apps can make it easier to unwind.

Simply Being:  Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Presence

Available on:  iPhone, Android, the web
Cost:  $0.99
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Why We Love Simply Being:

  • Meditation can be challenging, but this app makes it easier by leading you through a voice-guided exercise
  • It’s customizable:  you can choose the length of time (from 5 to 20 minutes) and the background noise (music or nature sounds)
  • No smart phone? No problem!  The creators of this app, Meditation Oasis, have an entire website with meditation resources, including a blog and a podcast
  • Meditation not your thing? Meditation Oasis has created several apps with different goals in mind, such as ‘At Ease—Anxiety and Worry Relief’ or ‘Breathe & Relax’

Proactive Sleep Alarm Clock

Available on:  iPhone, Android
Cost:  $0.99

Why We Promote Proactive Sleep Alarm Clock:

  • You can get personalized advice through a patent-pending algorithm that helps you optimize your sleep
  • It has multiple functions:  you can generate white noise, keep a sleep diary, and tease out factors that could be affecting your sleep
  • No one likes being jolted awake!  This alarm has a gradual wake time that helps you ease into the day.

And when roommates interfere with sound sleep, try these apps that generate ambient noise:

White Noise
Available on: iPhone, Android
Cost:  $0.99, iPhone/Android)

Available on: iPhone
Cost:  $0.99

SPREAD THE HEALTH:  It’s all in the palm of your hands: let these mobile tools guide you through meditation and deep breathing to relax you and give you better zzzzzz’s.

Giveaway banner_cropped copyDownload these apps for free!
Enter our giveaway and you could win a $5 iTunes gift card!

There are THREE ways to enter the giveaway: (1) Share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter and tag/mention us (2) Leave a comment below telling us how these apps would be helpful (3) Tweet at us or comment on our Facebook page answering the same question.

The more you do, the more times your name will be entered. We will pick one winner on March 8, 2013 using Random.org. This giveaway is open to Boston University students only. Good luck!


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