3 Free Apps to Help Your Headspace

Image by Elle Hughes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am a mindless social media scroller. I waste a large portion of my time on social media for no good reason, in my last post you can see how I curved my Instagram experience into a more useful tool. Now, I am going to show you some more apps that can be beneficial for you, your headspace and your time.

1. Pinterest- Mood Boards

Pinterest has always been one of my favourite social media apps. It was my go to app for inspiration for school projects, simple recipes or outfit ideas. Lately, I find myself getting overwhelmed by Pinterest and scrolling without intent. 

Recently, I came across this great idea called:

Mood Boards 

Everyone interprets them differently; my interpretation is that it is a board (physical or in this case virtual) in which you save,

  •  Pictures
  • Destinations
  • Colours
  • Sayings

Basically whatever speaks to YOU

You can create as many mood boards as you want! 

For example, I have a mood board for my house décor and mood board(s) for my fashion inspiration. I have pictures of paint colours, wood finishing’s, tiles and windows- all of which I would like to have in my house one day. I also have mood board based on colour or just general aesthetic! As you can see below

Images from my Pinterest

Creating mood boards are slightly different than your average Pinterest board because they tend to follow a more focused theme, whether that is through context or colour. I find that when I am creating a new fashion inspiration board such as one inspired by 90’s fashion specifically satin pink, I find that I am calm and relaxed while trying to search images that fit the aesthetic I am looking for. 

This helps with my headspace as it gives me a little get away from reality and lets me scroll with intent. I also set time limits for myself so that I don’t waste all day on Pinterest or finish a whole new mood board in one day- because where’s the fun in that?! 

2. Meditation/Yoga apps

One of the great things about social media is that it gives us an abundance of options for whatever it is we may be looking for (literally). Another tool that I use to help my headspace, is using a yoga and/or meditation app. 

The one that I use in particular is called Yoga for Beginners.

Image from App Store

 It is a free app that you can download from the app store or google play store. It has 16 different routines that you can choose from that vary from beginner to advanced. The app is very advanced for being free. It gives you a preview of every move that is going to be used, attached with videos if you would like to see how to do it correctly, then you press the play button and a very calming voice with soothing background music starts and walks you through the exercises. It is very meditative and a good little reminder to take care of yourself throughout the day. I even use some of the exercises when I am on break at work and need to detoxify my mind.

Although this may not be “social media” it is a great tool to use to breakaway from excessive use of social media and to get into a better headspace. This is a great option for people that

  • Don’t have the extra cash to go to yoga classes
  • Are unsure on where to start with yoga/meditation
  • Want something accessible at any time of the day

If you would like to know more about the benefits of yoga you can read this article to learn more! “Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life” (Nevens, 2019)

3.Colouring Apps

Image by ASHISH SHARMA

 If you aren’t so much into actually meditating another way that you can achieve relaxation is through colouring apps. “Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work” (Beaumont, 2019) More on the benefits of adult colouring can be found here

Happy Colour is the app that I use, it is a great app that can help with your stress levels, concentration and headspace. This free app is basically just a virtual paint-by-number. 

Image from the App Store

If I find myself at home after work scrolling through Instagram or Twitter and becoming discouraged or if my time management app kicks in (whoops) that’s when I go to the happy colour app. I recommend setting limits for yourself on this app as well as it seems to make time go by quickly. You could use 

  • Time management app
  • Set a goal, “I am going to finish this picture by 4”
  • Buddy system! This one is my favourite, whenever I am stressed and use my Happy Colour app but know that it is almost time to start dinner I hand it over to Mom or any other willing participants so that they can finish the picture for me!

Sharing is caring after all!

Another thing to keep in mind when using this app is that it is for relaxation not to add more frustration to your life! When you find yourself becoming overwhelmed by an image or colour scheme- stop. Take a break and pick it up at a later time! 

There are plenty of colouring apps out there, this just happens to be my favourite. For a more detailed list look here

Well, there you have it! My top 3 free apps that can help with your headspace and get you into a better mindset about your day or even life! Do you have similar apps like this on your phone? Do you find that they help? Let me know in the comments!!

Twitter:

Help your headspace with these 3 free apps available for IOS and Android! #mentalhealth #headspace #colour  http://bit.ly/appscar

Facebook:

If you’re looking to improve your headspace but don’t know where to start- here are 3 free apps that you can download to start! Available for IOS and Android!  http://bit.ly/appscar

References

Beaumont. (2019). Health Benefits of Colouring for Adults. Retrieved from Beaumont: https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/blogs/health-benefits-of-coloring-for-adults

Nevens, N. (2019). The Benefits of Yoga. Retrieved from American Osteopathic Association: https://osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/benefits-of-yoga/

4 thoughts on “3 Free Apps to Help Your Headspace

  1. Thank you for the information on these free apps. I have used different apps such as headspace and insight timer, but I have not thought to use a coloring one to help relax. Thank you I will need to try these out, after all …..they are free. 🙂

  2. wow I love your idea about mood boards! I’ve been using pinterest a lot more recently, and totally get what you mean about feeling overwhelmed. I recently started a board called “Creative” and “Inspiration” where I just pin things that get my creative juices flowing or things I’d like to use as inspiration for my own creations.

    I never thought to download an app for yoga.. I usually just put on a youtube video and follow along that way, but an app is a great idea to be able to do it anytime of day!

    I also love the idea of a colouring app! I noticed one of my friends using one recently and I was so intrigued. I do sometimes colour in a physical colouring book, but again, being able to do it anytime on your phone during a stressful situation would be so handy.

    Thanks for all of the tips!

  3. Thanks for your sharing! I really like the conception of Pinterest that you can find a lot of relation pics one by one, and gives a lot of inspiration. I think the biggest advantage we gain from New Media Age is that we can find lots useful free tools on smart phone, just like the yoga apps or apps helps you keep-fit.

  4. Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve never thought to look into a colouring app but it’s definitely on my list now. I’ve been using Pinterest mood boards for years and it’s such a good way to use social media more intentionally. I made a board titled just “happy” and that’s my go-to place when I need a pick me up – everything from cute animal pictures to funny memes to inspirational quotes live here.

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