Whilst technology can become a crux, if used wisely it can help improve our wellbeing by providing useful information and tools. This can help us connect, work more productively, change habits and much more. Of course many of the most popular apps provided by social media platforms like Linkedin, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, WhatsApp and Pinterest can be used by individuals, teams and organisations to improve wellbeing in these ways.
Perhaps some of the following wellbeing apps are less well known to you. Most, although not all, are free and available to download on iOS and Android. There are many more available and these are just a few of the ones we’ve come across. If you think we’re missing any let us know and we’ll consider adding them to the page.
It’s also worth pointing out that we have put these wellbeing apps into categories that reflect our own CANBE model of wellbeing but many of them may contribute to wellbeing across a number of dimensions.
General wellbeing apps
- Five ways to wellbeing – Practical ways to help you feel good and stay well
- Happify – Science based happiness games and activities
- Track Your Happiness – iOS only app that is part of a scientific research project that investigates what makes life worth living
These apps will help you understand yourself better and build meaning around what’s important in your life.
- The Meaning of Life Experiment – Feel happier, healthier, discover your life purpose and much more
- Personality Trait Test – Quickly and accurately determine your personality type according to Myers Briggs theory.
Accomplishing things helps us feel good. Human nature has always been driven by progress. These apps will help you work more effectively and get things done as an individual, team or organisation.
- Trello – Helping you to get things done and stay organised. Also a great visual way for teams to collaborate on any project.
- Google Drive – Full suite of cloud-based word processing, database and presentation applications. Work on documents and files from any device.
- Microsoft Office mobile – Get popular programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint as mobile apps
- Evernote – One of the most well know productivity apps. Write, analyse and store ideas in the form of notes, notebooks, checklists and to-do lists.
- RescueTime – Good for work/life balance. Avoid bad working habits and wasting time. Analyses the apps and websites you view the most, and breaks them down into a list so that you know where your time is going.
- Dropbox – reliable cloud storage for storing and sending photos, docs, videos and other files from any device
- Toodledo – Set objectives, goals, tasks and change habits.
- Join.me – Video and audio conferencing with virtual whiteboard and screen-sharing features
Apps that help build relationships whether that be one to one or one to many. The strength of our relationships is one of the biggest contributors to our wellbeing.
- Facebook Workplace – Connect your whole organization with familiar tools, helping everyone in your business turn ideas into action. Offered FREE to non-profits!
- Slack – real-time messaging, file sharing in one-to-one and group conversations across all devices from smartphones to computers
- TinyPulse – Get to know your staff, ask them questions and analyse their feedback. Use the data to make changes and improve employee experience.
- Skype – Message, voice and video call capabilities
Building Resilience & Sustainability
Apps that will help you build more mental, physical, psychological, social, financial and environmental resilience.
- What’s Up – Mental Health app to improve lifestyle, eating, nutrition and sleep
- Kelaa – Mental Resilience Programme
- Headspace – Meditation made easy
- MyFitnessPal – One of the world’s most advanced calorie and dieting apps, with a database of over 5,000,000 foods. Monitor activity with links to Fitbit, Apple Health, Jawbone Up, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness and Strava.
- Relax Melodies – If you are having trouble relaxing into a restful sleep, then this is the app for you.
- Sleep Cycle – Wake up feeling rested, refreshed, and ready for the day ahead.
- WELL APP – An App from The International Well Building Institute providing access to the complete wellbuilding standard. Access scientific and human health research that underscores how and why buildings and environments impact our health and wellbeing.
- Expensify – Helps make business expense management easier
Apps that help build wellbeing around both ‘me’ and ‘we’. How are you enriching your life and the lives of others through your positive actions.
- Gratitude Journal – Recording what you are grateful for helps re-wire your brain.
- I Forgive You – designed to help users be at peace with life, express forgiveness, share love, declare gratitude and apologise.
- Build Confidence – guided meditation intended to clear your mind and build your self confidence.
Wellbeing apps and technology can play a part in improving wellbeing but they’re obviously not the whole solution. Improveon provides consulting, coaching and training services to help design, develop and deliver the most effective solutions to meet the needs of individuals, managers, leaders, teams, brands and organisations.
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