Relaxation, more often than not, entails trips to the beach or somewhere secluded to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city. Some of us, on the other hand, prefer sleeping in, playing games, or reading books to shed fatigue from a week of work or school. No matter how you go about it, achieving peace of mind is all up to you. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do, we’ve listed a few apps to help you get into your stride.
The sound of rain is therapeutic, but getting stuck in a downpour isn’t. Here’s a way to benefit from this wonder of nature with just your phone. Just Rain is an audiovisual rain simulator that as its name suggests, gives you just rain. Opening the app presents you with a virtual display of either a gentle trickle of rain or heavy downpour accompanied by sounds that complement the intensity of the rainfall. To control this, users simply have to drag their fingers across the screen to get their preferred rain variation. Making the virtual rain more realistic is its integrated stereo audio panning which spreads the sound. Make rain your bedtime or reading companion with this surprisingly neat app.
Sometimes, all it takes is a game to take your mind off things. Combine that with meditation and you get a mishmash that is sure to help you relax. But wouldn’t playing a game take you away from the meditation experience? Say no more. The Meditation Game offers visually appealing graphics accompanied by a selection of soothing audio tracks to help boost your mood. In the game, you are an orb moving along a vast ocean or an enchanted forest, and attract energy throughout. There are no set rules to follow, you are to just freely move around the screen, follow the texts that appear on the screen (breathing instructions and such), and let your mind wander in the simplicity of this game.
There’s something comforting about the sight of leaves falling and prancing about. Miss Wind captures this scenery and turns it into a game for your Android phone. With hand drawn-like graphics and simple controls, Miss Wind makes for an addicting yet relaxing game. In the game, you are a leaf in a peaceful grassland flying with the wind. As other leaves pass through, you are to bump into them to create a calming melody. Do note that only yellow ones will give you points. Bumping into other colored leaves is no defeat, though.
Nifty DIY Crafts
Now that you’re focused and filled with vigor, redirect this newly gained energy into making something to remember this enriching experience by. Nifty DIY Crafts has you covered. This app has thousands of content to mobilize even the most (un)artsy person into making beautiful and functional goods fashioned from even the most ordinary material. It features a simple interface that’s meant for easy browsing through various content. The app also regularly adds DIY videos so you never run out of things to make.
Also published in GADGETS MAGAZINE October 2017
Words by Mia Carisse Barrientos