Find Your ‘Appy’ Place – Six Apps and Books for Wellness –

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We’re giving you a peek into meditation apps, digital health platforms, and even a crystal healing selection for this year’s wellness roundup. With the ongoing pandemic, threat of monkeypox and meningitis outbreaks, mass shootings and ominous politicians attempting to take away our rights, it’s important to take a holistic approach and find time for self-care. Rather than just looking at books we took a closer look at popular apps like Calm, Headspace, Noom and HealthTap and two great coffee table books to change your outlook and mindset in these complicated times. Relax, take a deep breath, and arm yourselves with resources that will send you off on a balanced note the rest of the summer.
$69.99/annually or $399.99 for life
Calm, the leading mental wellness brand, is known as the top app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. The app offers hundreds of hours of original audio content including sleep stories, soundscapes, meditations, music, and more. The app recently hosted the “Calmest Day of Pride” on June 15 providing the LGBTQIA+ community with an alternative way to celebrate Pride. Lower your stress level by kickstarting your morning with meditations and anxiety boosters like their Morning Coffee playlist, Mindful Walking meditation, Daily Jay wisdom by Jay Shetty, or shake things up with the Daily Move by Mel Mah. Each audio track is relatively short and manageable so you can “choose your own adventure” with the many offerings of this extraordinary app. Don’t just start your day with Calm. The New York Times recently referred to Calm as “The App That Tucks Me In at Night.” Popular sleep stories include Tom Hiddleston reading Winnie The Pooh, Harry Styles’ “Dream With Me”, and Matthew McConaughey’s “Wonder.” With over 100 million downloads and a 4.8-star rating from the Apple App Store Calm is definitely here to stay.
By Sadie Kadlec
Published by DK
Interested in crystals but don’t know where to begin? Kadlec’s remarkable book, which doubles as our favorite new coffee table book, is a lavishly illustrated encyclopedia of over 200 crystals. In addition to the formal directory which provides clear information regarding how to use them and what they can add to your life, Crystals provides details regarding how to choose and care for your crystals. Beyonce might charge her crystals in a full moon, but Kadlec offers a variety of additional ways that might serve you and your unique collection. Kadlec, a spiritual muse and mentor, founded Mineral Muse, a crystal-centric empowering offering “as a way to encourage people to cultivate a more sincere relationship with the earth and themselves.” Interested in learning more? Book a session with the author virtually or in person in NYC. Offerings include Mind Alchemy, Mineral Alchemy, and Reiki.
In her foreword, the author says, “Each of us has our own unique connection to the energies that surround us, and crystals are one of those many energetic forces that we gravitate toward for support, inspiration, and connection. What we may feel, or come to understand, through our relationship with the crystals will always be filtered through our experiences, so it only represents a slice of awareness.” Some unique crystals we discovered through the book include fuchsite, orange selenite, cuprite, shattuckite, rainbow moonstone, blue tiger’s eye, and pegmatite. What’s in your creativity grid? Pick up the book to discover more.
$69.99 annual
You might have caught John Legend’s sexy Headspace ad during the 2022 Super Bowl in which he states, “I’m Going to Let You Sleep With Me,” which announced the new Headspace Sleepcast, narrated by Legend.
Headspace was created with one mission in mind: to improve the health and happiness of the world. Through science-backed meditation and mindfulness tools, Headspace helps you create life-changing habits to support your mental health and find a healthier, happier you. Over 70 million members tune in for high quality meditations by gurus like Andy Puddicombe, Dora Kamau, Eve Lewis, Kessonga Giscombe, and Samantha Snowden. Headspace is part of Headspace Health, the world’s most accessible, comprehensive provider of mental health and well-being care. Headspace Health also consists of Headspace for Work and Ginger, who partner with over 2,500 companies and health plans to provide access to meditation, mindfulness, coaching, therapy, and psychiatry to their members and employees. Are you a chronic worrier? Learn how to move forward with less stress in their 10-day meditation course. Try Headspace for two weeks, then it’s $69.99 annually. As John Legend notes in his commercial, “Sweet dreams, lovers.”
$45 every 3 months
HealthTap believes everyone deserves easy, affordable primary care. This app is designed to connect people with medical professionals for online doctor visits, with or without insurance. Noted as one of the leading mobile programs, HealthTap offers both primary care and 24/7 urgent care with board-certified telemedicine doctors. Online doctors in their medical group are U.S.-based and ready to meet and address your needs. Membership, at just $0.49/day includes your personal doctor backed by a whole network of care. Members can choose their own doctor and schedule an appointment for just $39 (or copay) per visit or $59 (or copay) for a more urgent visit within minutes.
“Not only is primary care a key to improving public health, but it also represents a significant business opportunity for HealthTap,” said Sean Mehra, HealthTap co-founder and chief executive officer. “With more than 82 million Americans lacking a primary care doctor, we have a very large population in need of our robust telemedicine service.” As a bonus, subscribers can also text with their primary care doctor at any time for no additional charge.
How to do Hard Things:
Actual Real-life Advice on Friends, Love, Career, Well-being, Mindset, and More
By Veronica Dearly
Published by DK
Illustrator Veronica Dearly combines her insight, humor, and creativity in this adorable visual journey into the parts of life that leave us lost for words. With a nod to the Wheel of Life coaching tool, Dearly digs into fitness, career, love, spirituality, family, money, fun, friends, and even preparing for change. In her book she notes, “Life is hard. It’s also pretty magical, it’s full of ups, downs, loop-the-loops, and then, like a roller coaster, it’s suddenly over and you have to get off. And that’s life. What a ride.”
The book is, at times, laugh out loud funny, gripping, emotional, and poignant. I found it chock full of inspiration and helpful reminders. Just when things get real there is an adorable illustration like a cute worm saying, “Oh Crap.” Feel free to sharpen your #2 pencil because there are worksheets, tables, scales, and places to reflect and take notes. It’s so rare to find a book so full of wisdom that you can actively engage with. It’s a great gift for that friend who might be stuck, going through something difficult, or just in need of a little inspiration. Pick up a copy for yourself and someone you love. 
Noom Mood: $149/4-month
Noom Weight: $199/12-month
No two Noom journeys are the same. Noom is a consumer-first digital health platform that empowers its users to achieve holistic health outcomes through behavior change. Noom was founded in 2008 with a mission to help people everywhere lead healthier lives. Fueled by a powerful combination of technology, psychology, and human coaching, Noom is backed by more than a decade of user research and product development. Today, Noom’s platform includes two core programs: Noom Weight for weight management and Noom Mood for stress management. Noom’s programs feature daily lessons designed to fit into anyone’s schedules. They offer one-on-one coaching in order to keep you feeling encouraged and supported. Users can interact and engage with their coach as often as they like.
Noom Mood is a program dedicated to helping people develop and implement healthy habits to manage daily stress and anxious thoughts. Noom Mood guides you, step by step, to mental wellness so you can live a happier life. Need to lose those extra pounds you put on in the pandemic?
Noom Weight is a weight management program that helps you build and maintain new habits that result in healthy weight loss. Noom Weight coaches help users better understand their relationship with food, how to be more mindful of their habits, and give them the knowledge and support they need for positive health outcomes.
Any health, wellness, medical or cosmetic claims contained in this feature should be verified with the product provider and your health care professional.
Last modified: August 19, 2022
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