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Smart serenity: Apps to help you relax on your next trip – or right now

While travelling is exciting and fun, it can also be extremely stressful. Here are three apps to help you relax and de-stress, whether you're on a trip or at home in COVID-19 quarantine.

Mindfulness, wellness and relaxation apps

If you're anything like us, you too are trapped inside, counting down the days until travel becomes a possibility again. In the meantime there are plenty of ways to prepare for future trips, while also improving your day-to-day life right now.

Travel can be incredibly stressful – but so can the end of the world. Here are our favourite apps for relaxation, de-stressing and improving mindfulness, whether you've had a long day at work, are on a trip with a jam-packed itinerary or are sitting at home contemplating the collapse of society as we know it.

The Mindfulness App

Start with this app's five-day introduction to guided meditation and mindfulness. Once you're hooked on this holistic practice, spring for the upgrade. With the premium version, you can comb through their wide collection of guided and silent mediations. Time lengths vary from as short as three minutes to as long as 30 minutes. Meditation reminders keep you on track, while stats mark your progress. You'll also have access to courses on improving your focus, calmness, relationships and more.

themindfulnessapp.com

Fabulous

Whether you splurge on this app or not, their Instagram account is a must-follow for anyone seeking to create or maintain healthy habits. They post tips, inspiration, challenges and checklists to help you achieve your wellness goals.

An all-rounder for lifestyle improvement, the Fabulous app takes things to the next level. Like having a life coach in your pocket, daily reminders and schedules will encourage you to form new routines and better habits. Fabulous can help you discover ways to drink more water, sleep better, be more productive and focus better.

thefabulous.co

Calm

This app is all about relaxation. From soothing sounds to guided meditations, all of its features will help you unwind and chill out. With a new Daily Calm released every day you'll never get bored. Designed to help you fall into a more restful, deeper sleep, their Sleep Stories are read by different people, including celebrities like Mathew McConaughey. You'll also have access to Calm's Masterclasses, which cover topics like how to transform feelings of emptiness and disconnect.

calm.com

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