With spring less than a month away, now’s a great time to take inventory of the apps on your phone and start clearing off the ones that are no longer needed. If you’re on the hunt for some replacements to help simplify daily tasks and support healthy habits, here are five of my favorites:
1. For simple breathing exercises or meditations: Oak
I’ve downloaded a lot of meditation apps over the years but continually find myself coming back to this one. Without a premium subscription option available, the selection of meditations and breathing exercises is limited but the absence of ads pushing you to upgrade keeps it refreshingly simple.
You can track your progress and customize meditations by selecting a male or female instructor, adding soothing background sounds, and setting the length of time (anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes). There’s also an option to receive daily quotes that remind you to slow down and make time for healthy practices — like meditation — that support your mental health.
2. For soothing sounds to help you fall asleep: Relax Meditation
This app allows you to select sounds from a long list that includes everything from rain and white noise to city ambiance and chanting monks. You can create and save custom mixes or listen to ones created by others. The app also offers a number of meditations designed to help you drift off to sleep.
While there are plenty of sounds to choose from in the free version, if you opt for the paid subscription, you’ll have access to 90+ meditations as well as dozens of other sleep tracks to help you relax before bed.
3. For a place to store your favorite recipes: OrganizEat
This is one of the newest additions to my list but has so far been incredibly helpful in keeping my favorite go-to recipes in one place for quick reference. You can add recipes via photos, websites, dictation, or by simply typing them in. Recipes are sortable by category, and you can easily organize and create new category folders.
The app also offers the option to create grocery lists, add meal plans, and explore trending recipes for some fresh meal ideas. Note: The free version only allows you to store a max of 20 recipes while a subscription provides cloud backup for up to 4,000.
4. For some daily inspiration: TED
Covering topics from air pollution to lessons in creativity, the TED app is a great way to access an incredible selection of content to inspire and educate. You can add videos to your watchlist, and you have the option to download and watch them offline if you’ll be traveling out of cell service range.
After downloading the app, you’ll get a chance to select the categories you’re most interested in. Not sure which video to start with? There’s a “Surprise Me” button on the homepage that will offer some good selections.
5. For event planning: Minted-The Address Book
This is a simple and easy-to-use tool to collect contact information. While I mainly use it for sending invitations and thank you cards, you can also add reminders for birthdays, anniversaries, or other annual recurring events. Addresses can be imported from your phone, entered manually, or you can send a request to your contacts via email or text with a link to enter their information directly into your address book.
Although I’ve downloaded dozens of apps over the years, these five are ones I continue to go back to again and again.
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