Use these apps to keep your sanity this holiday season.
Ah, the holidays. Such a wonderful time of year. Such a stressful time of year.
What’s the most effective way to keep your sanity during the holidays? Well, you just have to make sure you eat right, exercise and get lots of sleep while scheduling parties, traveling to loved ones’ homes and buying presents … feeling stressed, yet? Do what we do at Cellular Sales, and manage it all with apps.
Read on to discover 14 apps for keeping it together during the holidays.
Combat your stress.
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution to be happier and less stressed with happify. Be more mindful of your thoughts and feelings, and take steps toward overall happiness with daily exercises and games on the app.
Meditate for inner peace … or, at least, a little less seasonal anxiety.
Calming music, guided stretching sessions, daily meditation sessions and narrated sleep stories to help you drift off peacefully. (Fun tip: Matthew McConoughey narrates one of the stories. This app might be worth a download just to hear his voice exploring the mysteries of the universe.)
This simple app is great for beginners. Take a few minutes, no matter where you are, to take a deep breath and let your worries go.
See the humor in the situation.
Get a dose of silly whenever you want. It’s a great way to diffuse the tension in the checkout line.
Here’s a Pinterest search for holiday humor. Feel free to waste an hour or so.
Get better sleep.
This app does more than wake you up on time. It analyzes your sleep cycles and wakes you up in your lightest sleep phase, so you feel more rested when your eyes open.
Remember to exercise.
Social connection is key to keeping up your exercise routine. These apps, as listed on Active.com, will help you feel supported and motivated. Yes, even through the season of holiday sweets and treats!
Strava keeps track when you run, cycle, swim or hike.
It pairs with your wearable fitness tracker and lets you connect with exercising friends for support.
This app does just what the name implies:
gives you an easy-to-follow plan for going from your couch to running a 5K in 8 weeks.
Be ready to strike a pose anytime, anywhere with this convenient yoga app.
Fun tip: it’s a great way to exercise during holiday travels!
It’s a calorie-counter, exercise tracker and community of support, all in one.
With a little help, you don’t have to derail your health over the holidays.
This app goes beyond tracking how much you eat, to measuring the quality of your food intake.
Plan your trip.
Waze is a great way to make sure your commute won’t have surprises. Crowd-sourced, real-time data tells you if there’s a crash up ahead, or road closures for construction. The app will even re-route you with shortcuts provided by other drivers—very useful, if you’re out of town for the holidays.
Manage your gift list.
Santa’s Bag for iOS
With features like gift planning, shopping day countdown, budgeting and group or gift splitting, this app will keep the organization in your holiday cheer.
Have a big family? Secret Santa groups at work? Check out Giftster. Make your own wish lists and check out gift requests from anyone you’ve connected with.
Christmas Gift List for Android
Simple, easy checklist for gifting. Fun tip: the app automatically archives this year’s gift list, so you won’t keep giving the same socks to Uncle Bill every holiday. Unless you just want to.