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Are you guilty of doomscrolling? Relax with the top 15 health apps

Over the last seven days, there’s been a 90% increase in Google searches for ‘doomscrolling’ and with lockdown 3.0 in full swing, consuming so much news can be seriously detrimental for our mental health.

A new study from Uswitch has revealed the best health apps to keep you focused, and save you from that social media wormhole.

Taking a seed list of 15 of the world’s most downloaded health apps, the team at Uswitch have scored each app on four criteria which includes App Store rating, Google search volume, value for money, and how much data they hold on users.

From mindfulness to sleep, here are links to the top health apps that will help you relax during lockdown:

Flo

Calm 

My Fitness Pal

Strava

Nike Run Club

Headspace

Fitbit

Sleep Cycle

Fitness Coach

Clue

Lifesum

Nike Training Club

Wakeout!

All Trails

Sleep Booster

As a popular app for mindfulness, Calm ranked number two on the list. With thousands of guided meditation tasks to choose from or stories that will help you sleep, Calm has proven to be a great app for relaxation that will help us weather the storm and allow us sleep a little better.

Proving popular with those that want to prioritise their sleep, Sleep Cycle ranked at number eight. Users have cited that the app is great for improving your sleep schedule by allowing you to set bedtime routines, add in alarms and monitor your sleep patterns.

Mike Delaney, Clinical Director at Delamere Health, has also commented on the importance health apps can play for our mental health: 

The pandemic has brought our mortality into sharp focus as people realise that they are not indestructible. It is quite frightening to face the fact that many thousands of people have lost their lives through no fault of their own and from an invisible virus that can be anywhere at any time and it has certainly made us all question our own health.

“There are some very effective apps out there which can have a huge impact on mental health, however, they should be ethical and not continually selling things, gathering valuable information about the user or harness addictive processes which can lead to dependence. An effective app can be a great tool for processing feelings and remaining calm in situations which cause anxiety.”

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Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke is a three times award-winning journalist who has worked for UK national/regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

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