People who have attended our clear head events often ask us what apps we recommend. Here are our top five, covering different aspects of productivity and well being. We’ve included some old favourites like Headspace and some brand new ones to keep things interesting. Let us know what you think of them.
Headspace. A simple and easy to understand introduction to mindfulness. Created by an ex-Buddhist monk who has made it his mission to make mindfulness accessible, enabling better sleep, less worry, and improved listening and focus.
7 minute workout. Never have enough time to go to the gym or commit to a regular exercise class? This brilliant little app enables you to do exercise in the comfort of your own home in 7 minute bursts. The “Get Started” option contains a full body workout with straight-forward exercises and this builds for people with different levels of fitness and experience. I’ve been doing the work outs with my two daughters. Fun for everyone, just before dinner time.
You-app. Endorsed by Jamie Oliver, this micro-behavioural change app supports you to make lots of tiny little changes to create a happier and healthier life. It’s very interactive, with the opportunity to be part of an on-line community, and includes lots of good stuff on being present, neuroscience, exercise and nutrition.
Mindly. A great way of capturing and organising ideas when on the go. If you’re someone who finds it useful to mind-map, and likes to have somewhere to quickly save ideas, you will love this clever app.
F.lux. An interesting, scientifically-supported, app that subtly changes the blue light emitted by mobiles, laptops and tablets into a soft orange shade that’s not as disruptive to your sleep. Exposure to short wave-length blue light interferes with your ability to fall asleep, as well as with the quality of your sleep once you do nod off. This is because you are confusing your brain, by exposing it in the evening to what it thinks is morning sunlight and this halts the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and de-rails the whole sleep process. Better still, avoid those devices altogether when it’s close to bedtime.
We’d love to hear your recommendations for any other similar apps that support clear head thinking. One day we’ll be writing our own. Until then we hope you enjoy these…
By Fiona Gilkes and Kate Franklin