When you have a busy schedule that revolves around family and work, you need to take every advantage you can when you find some time alone so you can relax. At work, this means coffee breaks and lunchtime.
Taking a little time each day to do something for yourself can do wonders for relieving stress and making your day seem better. This can be anything from reading a book, taking some time to work on a creative endeavour or even just a short meditation session to get your mind on the right track. And with today’s mobile technology, these things are easier than ever. Here a few apps for your Android devices that can give you the “me” time you may need.
If you love to read but can’t seem to find the time to do it, a short afternoon break can be just enough for you to read a chapter or two and get away from the world for a while.
Aldiko is one of the oldest and best Android reading apps. It supports all forms of eBooks, so you can download the books from your favourite sites, and you can even download from public libraries if you want.
If you prefer, you can also download the books directly from the app.
You can adjust the font size and background colours so you can create a tailored reading experience for yourself. It also boasts a text search so you can find that favourite sentence whenever you want to and it includes a dictionary so you don’t have to use another app for those words you don’t know.
Colouring Book for Me & Mandala
Colouring books that cater to adult artists have become hugely popular in the last few years and you can take advantage of this trend to relax with a little creativity on your breaks.
This app lets you take your artistic works with you wherever you go so you don’t need to lug around supplies. You can choose from hundreds of different colours to colour your masterpieces with. There are a bunch of different designs, like wildlife and plant life as well as abstract patterns and mandalas for you to shade and bring to life. You can learn more here.
Sometimes, you just need a few minutes to rest and reset, and meditation is a great mental exercise to help you get back to your centre so you can continue to face the day’s challenges.
Headspace offers guided meditation sessions for you directly from your mobile device, so you can use it in your office or you can take it with you to the park. There are several different lengths of sessions, so you can even sneak in a five-minute meditation when you want. The app keeps track of your progress so you can see just how well it’s working for you.
The next time you’re on break at work, try one of these apps to help you relax and refocus for the rest of the day.