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5 Apps to Give You Inner Peace

Self-help. Often a difficult topic, but one that should be a priority for your mental well being - and your work.

Mental health and personal well being are often overlooked as virtually 'non-issues'. Unfortunately they are often crucial to a person's attitude and motivation, as well as their enthusiasm and progress at work.

Statistics from Mental Health Foundation reveal:

  • 1 in 6.8 people are experience mental health problems in the workplace (14.7%).
  • Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%).
  • Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.
  • Better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year.

If that's not enough evidence as to why it's important to focus on your mental well being take a look at this amazing response from a boss about an employee's request to have a few mental health days that recently went viral.

"I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this. Every time you do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health – I can’t believe this is not standard practice at all organisations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can bring our whole selves to work."

Ben Congleton, CEO, Olark Live Chat, in response to an employees request for mental health days

Daily Yoga

Via: App Store / Google Play. Cost: Free to download (with additional costs for extra plans and classes).

Voted for by our Inbound Marketing Assistant, Rachael, this app is great or early morning stretches to get you prepared for the day ahead. 

Rachael has paid for the 'pro' version of the app meaning she has unlocked all of the classes and finds it incredibly useful to get her in the right frame of mind for the day. 

 

iDream

Via: App Store / Google Play. Cost:  Free to download (with additional costs in-app).

I find this app incredibly useful - if not embarrassing - for recording my dreams (if not incredibly embarrassing). It's amazing how much you remember when you first wake up and though I often go back and have to correct a lot of early morning typos, the stories I have collected are amazing! 

 

Elevate

Via: App Store / Google Play. Cost:  Free to download (with additional costs in-app).

Elevate is loved by a number of the team for its ease and slick design. Allowing us to train our brain - like the Brain Training games on Nintendo DS - and improve our scores daily is great for mental well being.

 

Sleep Talk Recorder

Via: App Store / Google Play. Cost: Free to download.

Funny or useful, depending on your use of this app (and what you record) this app allows you to hear what really goes on at night. You can change the sensitivity to suit the noise levels in your room (creaky beds aren't worth listening to) and find out just what you (or your partner) are muttering in your sleep.

(Image Source: Master of Phone)

 

Audible

Via: App Store / Google Play. Cost:  Free to download (requires subscription via Amazon, plus additional costs for audiobooks).

A long-time favourite of Director, Rachel, this app is perfect for book lovers, with a huge collection of audiobooks. All it requires is an Amazon subscription and you can get some great audiobook deals. Whether it's for drifting off at night or while doing the housework there's something for everyone...

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