Take care of yourself with the help of your phone

With 2019 drawing to a close, 2020 is just around the corner, and it's time to think about those new year resolutions. Many of us resolve to improve our health and wellbeing at the start of each year - and while smartphones sometimes get a bad wrap when it comes to health, they can actually be one of the best tools to help achieve it.

If you're looking to take more time for yourself and prioritise self-care in the new year, check out these five wellness apps.

Happify

If you're someone who struggles with depression, anxiety, or you just generally want to have a better sense of control and understanding of your emotions - Happify can help you achieve that.

Based around psychological research and cognitive behavioural therapy, Happify aims to improve your mental wellbeing through a series of games, tools and activities you can fit into your busy schedule. You can get it on both the App Store and the Play Store.

Headspace

Headspace is a fantastic meditation app with a range of short courses to help you achieve goals such as sleeping better and easier or reducing stress quickly throughout the day. Don't worry if you've never meditated before - Headspace has a free beginners course for you to try out.

Headspace used to cost money to access any of it, but they now have a number of free meditations to get you started.

Download Headspace for iOS or Android to take advantage of meditation courses and mindfulness teachings to deal with stress, productivity, exercise, anxiety and focus.

MyFitnessPal

Wellness isn't all about mental health - it's also about looking after your body. Whether you're looking to lose or gain weight, or simply want to make better food choices, MyFitnessPal has everything you need to get to grips with your diet.

Track calories and nutrients super easily by scanning the barcodes or simply searching the foods that you eat, and add them to your daily food diary. A short quiz when you download the app finds a suitable goal for your calorie and nutrient intake - but you can also customise this yourself.

Download MyFitnessPal on iOS or Android.

Down Dog

Down Dog fuses both mental and physical health together with over 30,000 yoga teachings. Yoga is commonly regarded as one of the best exercises for reducing stress, but can also really help with physical ailments.

Down Dog has plenty of yoga routines to choose from, and you can completely customise all of your courses to target 12 different areas of practice. You can also choose from seven different instructors - so you won't get an annoying voice messing with your zen.

It's available for both iPhone and Android.

MindShift

Targeted specifically at anxiety, MindShift is an amazing tool that uses CBT methods to track and reduce anxiety symptoms quickly, and for the long term. If you're someone who wants to tackle panic, worry or phobias, MindShift provides an array of healthy habits and coping mechanisms to use when you're feeling a little overwhelmed.

Download it for iOS or Android.

While these apps will help you be a little kinder to yourself in the new year, our team will help you find the perfect phone to do it on, and of course keep you up to date with all of the latest mobile tech news.

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