Ever looked through your bag in a state of panic because you can’t find your phone? You haven’t had it in your hands for 5 minutes and that is way too long because if Beyoncé releases a new album and you don’t know that digital dropped, the world might just end. I’ve had many moments like this so it’s safe to say that our phones are our lifeline and connection to the rest of the world.

With that being said, I do enjoy time away from social apps. Being within reach and always aware of current affairs is not always good for your mental state. You need time to switch off and align your chakras, beloved. Especially at key times like on your daily commute to work, on your lunch break or right before bedtime.

You need to disconnect a bit and these are my top 5 apps that relax me on my way to work and before bedtime.

  1. Pinterest

Don’t judge, but yes. I have Pinterest boards for days. I love getting lost in décor, makeup looks, and exotic vacation destinations. Pinterest is an amazing app where you can create vision boards and manifestations because you visualized it and put it out in the universe. Alternatively, it’s an amazing visual archive with invaluable information. From new recipes to DIY projects, inspirational quotes or style advice, Pinterest is a rabbit hole of ideas.

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  1. Twitter

I know what I said about social apps, but hear me out. In as much as Twitter has become our primary breaking news app, it can also be a sanctuary for positive and wholesome content. The key is to have a burner account where you curate who and what you follow. If you’re into music, follow music accounts or fashion and even tech accounts, you can make your timeline a place of solace and fun.

Twitter can also be a safe space to share struggles with people who are going through or went through the same things. Following the right people allows you to build a virtual village of support and camaraderie.  

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  1. Medium

This is a good one. You curate your content topically and it feeds you articles that are related to your chosen topics. It’s ad-free and the user experience is unmatched. You get daily recommended articles that you can sink your teeth into after a long day at work or on your commute. If you enjoy easily-digestible articles that are well-written, try Medium out.

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  1. Headspace

Headspace is one of the best meditation and sleep apps. It provides guided meditation sessions where you choose the length and the purpose of your meditation. For instance, you can start your day with a five-minute breathing exercise that clears your head and gets you ready for your day and to wind down after a long day, you’ll opt for a longer meditation session with rain sounds. From beginners to advanced meditation levels the app makes mediation very accessible and part of your daily routine.

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  1. Co–Star

This app is top two and ain’t number two. This is hands-down my favourite app on my phone. It’s an astrology app that uses your natal chart to deliver personalized astrological readings. You’ll enjoy the personalized push notifications that the app delivers daily. It provides a comedic break to my day most of the time and sometimes gives me topics that require me to think deeper and look inward. If you’re into self-improvement and self-actualization, CoStar is a good point of departure.

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Now that you know what I get up to on my phone let me know, aside from functional or utility apps, what are your favourite apps on your device and why? Let us know in the comment section.