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9 Apr

Free wellness apps to download during this lockdown

From meditation techniques to sleep pattern analysis, these wellness apps are designed to help you find your calm in the chaos

The uncertainty of the lockdown has triggered a range of anxieties. This isolated lifestyle is proving to be a challenge for some, therefore, making it imperative for everyone to take care of their health and well-being. In fact, several wellness apps have made their premium services available for free for users to stay mentally fit while homebound.


Down Dog 

Touted as one of the best yoga apps, Down Dog allows you to explore the various forms of yoga practice in the comfort of your home. Unlike other yoga apps that have pre-recorded videos, Down Dog boasts of over 60,000 configurations that will ensure your sessions are not repeated. Users can choose from 6 different yoga teachers and a voice of their preference; moreover, it’s also available in 9 languages and various English-speaking accents. To help people stay active during the outbreak, Down Dog has decided to make the app free for all its users until May 1 and for students, teachers and healthcare professionals until July 1.

Available on: iOS and Android


With over 500 themed guided meditations, Headspace deals with concerns like stress, anxiety, mindfulness and sleep. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Headspace has made several of its meditation collections free. It has also curated a collection of its premium content under the category, ‘Weathering the Storm’, which caters to those specifically stressed due to COVID-19. In fact, healthcare professionals get a free one-year subscription, while other users can download the app for free with in-app purchases.

Available on: iOS and Android



Balance is a personalised meditation app that walks you through a series of questions; based on your responses, a plan is tailored to suit your specific needs. If you’re feeling stressed, browse through the audio library as the app assembles meditation plans for you. Balance is currently offering a free one-year subscription to its users.

Available on: iOS


Sanvello is a digital self-care tool for those with ongoing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress. The app offers mood tracking, self-assessment test, coping tools, and a peer support network too. What sets Sanvello apart from other apps is that its clinically validated techniques, such as the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), is reviewed by clinical experts routinely and is studied in medical and health journals too. To help people cope with their existing mental health conditions during the pandemic, the app is offering free premium access.

Available on: iOS and Android



One of the most popular relaxation apps, Calm offers a selection of guided relaxation and breathing sessions available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 minutes. Perfect for beginners, it also includes sessions on topics such as calming anxiety, breaking habits, forgiveness, gratitude and many more for advanced users. The Sleep Stories feature is what propelled it to fame with audio clips performed by the likes of actor Matthew McConaughey, actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry, and tennis player John McEnroe. Basketball superstar LeBron James is the recent celebrity addition with his series on mental fitness.

Available on: iOS and Android

Sleep Cycle

Quality sleep is a challenge especially in a homebound situation where technology provides the perfect distraction, which in turn causes many to suffer from disrupted sleep. Sleep Cycle allows you to track your sleep pattern, and through data analysis offers suggestions to improve your sleep so that you wake up refreshed. The app’s intelligent alarm clock is designed to wake you up when you’re in the lightest sleep phase. The app is free to download with optional in-app purchases.

Available on: iOS and Android


Dark Noise

For those having a hard time dealing with the silence of the lockdown, Dark Noise is a simple app that plays ambient noise to help you sleep, focus or relax. It includes a wide-ranging library of sounds from coffee shops, office spaces, campfires, rain, thunder and white noise. Each of the 30+ high quality sounds feature a delightfully animated icon that brings the sound to life. To help people cope with the effects of the quarantine, the app has made its TestFlight beta version free to all.

Available on: iOS


While you stay connected with the outside world through technology, at the same time, leverage it for your well-being too, and stay well and healthy!

Photos: iStock 

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