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All Of The Best Free Mental Health Mindfulness Apps To Keep You Sane While At Home Home

Updated May 19, 2020.

Hoping to stay positive and healthy while self-quarantining? You’re in luck! Particularly if you have a smartphone on hand. Fortunately, there are plenty of free workout apps available that can help you to stay active, in shape and mentally healthy from the safety of your home.

Check them out below!

Headspace

The L.A.-based app offers guided meditations for anyone dealing with sleep, anxiety, or stress. The app also offers hundreds of articles and podcasts to help with relaxation, healthy eating, and exercise. Currently, during the pandemic, the app is also providing all unemployed U.S. workers with the opportunity to receive a one-year full subscription free.

Check out the site here.

Aura

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Aura is the smart app offering three-minute guided meditation sessions and plenty of opportunities for you to level up as you progress. The mental health app also allows for daily check-ins and mood tracking to help you journal things to keep grateful for and positive about. The best part? It’s 30-second “mindful breathers” give you a great chance to reset and breathe.

Aura is Available on iOS and Android for free.

Start off with Yoga for Beginners

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Take control of your health and fitness and practice yoga with this app by using it every day. The app utilizes handcrafted workouts to get you started on your yoga journey and features a soothing voice guidance that will help clear your mind.

Available on iOS and Android.

Build up to Adidas Training by Runtastic

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Dust off your adidas x Ivy Park gear and get ready to sweat with Adidas’ fitness app. From 30 free workouts for all levels to access to four training plans, you can complete your sweat sessions by yourself or participate in collective active challenges with friends who also have the app on their phones.

Or Opt for the simple 7 Minute Workout

Free Workout App

According to the Appstore, the 7 Minute Workout app is the #1 fitness app in 127 countries. With the help of the app you can become your own personal trainer, lose weight and get fit with fast. Don’t be fooled though, it’s 7 min of quite a bit of intensity!

Available on iOS and Android; offers in-app purchases


Level up with Lotus Yoga & Workout

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If you’ve already become a master of the Yoga for Beginners app, the Lotus Yoga & Workout app is probably right up your alley. According to the Apple store, “Lotus has the LARGEST yoga library in App Store with hundreds of Yoga workouts & meditation classes and 450+ Instructed poses for all levels.”

Available on iOS and Android; offers in-app purchases.

Keep things simple with Nike Training Club

With the Nike Training Club, you can find lessons for all levels. The workout library includes body-part focused workouts targeting your abs, arms, shoulders, glutes, and legs. It also features strength, endurance, yoga, and mobility workouts.

Available on iOS and Android; offers in-app purchases.

Keep an eye on your goals with JEFIT

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Get your hands on the JEFIT app and you won’t be disappointed. Fill out a survey to figure out what level you should start at and then get to work. According to Google play, “you can track workout training routines using JEFIT gym log is easy. Programs from bodybuilding, 3 day splits, 5×5 & strength plans to home exercises & body weight lifting.”

Available on iOS.

Go for some Yoga Down Dog

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With more than 30,000 different workout configurations this app sure lives up to their tagline: “Never the same class twice.” Select your time, level, focus, voice, and music, and Down Dog creates a unique, personalized yoga practice every time!

Available on iOS and Android; free trial monthly subscription $7.99.

And don’t forget about J&J Official 7-Minute Workout

Free Workout Apps

This app from pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson provides 72 different exercises and 22 workouts that range from 7 to 32 minutes. According to the app’s site, “You can do one, two or three circuits. You can watch the clock, the trainer, or listen to and control music during your workout. You can even swap out workouts to keep things interesting. Of course, you can also stick with the original 7 Minute Workout.”

Available on iOS and Android.

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Peru’s Indigenous Are Turning To Ancestral Medicines To Fight The Coronavirus

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Peru’s Indigenous Are Turning To Ancestral Medicines To Fight The Coronavirus

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With news headlines like “How Covid-19 could destroy indigenous communities”, it’s hard to understate the affect that the Coronavirus has had on Indigenous communities across the world.

Even before the pandemic hit, native populations were already at increased risk of health complications, poor access to medical care, lack of proper education, and even premature death. The pandemic has only exacerbated these issues as government programs and NGOs who delivered aid to far flung communities have grind to a halt.

However, many communities have started taking the matter into their own hands by creating their own impromptu healthcare systems based on ancestral techniques and others have barricaded off their villages from the outside world in an effort to stem the flow of the virus.

In Peru, many Indigenous communities are turning to centuries-old medicines to fight back against the Coronavirus.

The Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on Peru – the country with the world’s highest per capita Covid-19 mortality rate. At particular risk is the nation’s large Indigenous community, who often lack proper access to education efforts and medical care. This has forced many Indigenous groups to find their own remedies.

In the Ucayali region, government rapid response teams deployed to a handful of Indigenous communities have found infection rates as high as 80% through antibody testing. Food and medicine donations have reached only a fraction of the population. Many say the only state presence they have seen is from a group responsible for collecting bodies of the dead.

At least one community, the Indigenous Shipibo from Peru’s Amazon region, have decided to rely on the wisdom of their ancestors. With hospitals far away, doctors stretch too thin and a lack of beds, many have accepted the alternative medicine.

In a report by the Associated Press, one villager, Mery Fasabi, speaks about gathering herbs, steeping them in boiling water and instructing her loved ones to breathe in the vapors. She also makes syrups of onion and ginger to help clear congested airways.

“We had knowledge about these plants, but we didn’t know if they’d really help treat COVID,” the teacher told the AP. “With the pandemic we are discovering new things.”

One of the plants the Shipibo are using is known locally as ‘matico.’ The plant has green leaves and brightly colored flowers. And although Fasabi admits that these ancestral remedies are by no means a cure, the holistic approach is proving successful. She says that “We are giving tranquility to our patients,” through words of encouragement and physical touch.

Even before the Coronavirus, Indigenous communities were at a greater risk for infectious diseases.

Indigenous peoples around the globe tend to be at higher risk from emerging infectious diseases compared to other populations. During the H1N1 pandemic in Canada in 2009, for example, aboriginal Canadians made up 16% of admissions to hospital, despite making up 3.4% of the population.

Covid-19 is no exception. In the US, one in every 2,300 indigenous Americans has died, compared to one in 3,600 white Americans.

Indigenous groups are particularly vulnerable to dying from Covid-19 because they often live days away from professional medical help. As of July 28, the disease had killed 1,108 indigenous people and there had been 27,517 recorded cases, with the majority in Brazil, according to data published by Red Eclesial Panamazonia (Repam).

Some communities are turning inward to survive COVID-19, barricading villages and growing their own food.

Despite the immense threat they face, Indigenous communities are fighting back.

“I am amazed to see the ways that indigenous peoples are stepping up to provide support where governments have not,” Tauli-Corpuz, a teacher at Mexico’s UNAM, told The Conversation. “They are providing PPE and sanitation, making their own masks, and ensuring that information on Covid-19 is available in local languages, and are distributing food and other necessities.”

They are also choosing to isolate. In Ecuador’s Siekopai nation, about 45 Indigenous elders, adults and children traveled deep into the forest to their ancestral heartland of Lagartococha to escape exposure to the Coronavirus, says the nation’s president Justino Piaguaje.

Despite their best efforts, many experts are extremely concerned for the survival of many Indigenous communities.

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They are already facing the ‘tipping point’ of ecological collapse due to increased threats of deforestation, fires, industrial extraction, agribusiness expansion and climate change,” Amazon Watch executive director Leila Salazar-Lopez told UNESCO of Amazonian Indigenous groups.

“Now, the pandemic has created one more crisis, and as each day passes, the risk of ethnocide becomes more real.”

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Split End Serums That Will Help Hair Growth And Keep Your Ends From Splitting

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Split End Serums That Will Help Hair Growth And Keep Your Ends From Splitting

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Sure, there might be more things peskier than split ends but there’s no doubt they’re a universal issue that haunts us all.

Thanks to dryness, age, heat styling, and even just existing, split ends are a real issue that people around the globe have to deal with and manage every day. As the oldest part of our hair strands, ends need a very particular type of special care. Particularly if you ever want to avoid having those splits ends work their way up the entire shaft of your hair and wreak even more havoc. While snipping off those ends are a surefire way to fix a split end problem, if you’re trying to grow your hair out there are ways to attempt to keep your ends from splitting in the first place.

We scoured the internet for top reviewed split ends. Check out what we found below!

Oribe’s Split End Seal

“My stylist gave me a sample of this to use on my thick, fine, curly, highlighted hair after a particularly strenuous bleach session. I was so impressed, I bought this when the sample ran out.

Any good stylist will tell you, it’s pretty much impossible to actually seal an end once it’s split (beyond making it appear to be sealed for a short period). But it is possible to return moisture and other nutrients to hair that is damaged or close to splitting. And this product is very good at doing that. It seals the hair to keep the good stuff in and protect against future damage from the environment. A little goes a long way if you apply it to wet hair, before applying any other styling products. Seriously, I got six uses out of the sample. It’ll take me a while to run out of the full size bottle.

This stuff really does work miracles on dry hair. The only way I’d ever be able to get rid of all my split ends would be to just shave my head. But that doesn’t mean my hair isn’t healthy. More than one stylist has pointed that out to me. That wouldn’t be the case if I didn’t use quality products like this one.” – Amazon review

Rita HazanTriple Threat Split End Remedy

“My hair deals with a lot of heat styling and hairspray so the ends get a little worse for wear. I’m growing my hair out for my wedding next year and I’m a law student, so I can’t afford to be getting regular haircuts at this point. I got a sample of this product and can’t believe what a difference it made in my hair. I can no longer see the split ends and my hairstyles pretty effortlessly now. I just ordered the full size.”- Sephora review

Moroccanoil Mending Infusion

“LOVE LOVE LOVE Moroccanoil Mending Infusion! This product works great on the ends of my hair that definitely need to be trimmed! It fuses the tips of my hair after styling so I can go longer w out a trim. It makes the ends look healthy & the smell is terrific! I use all of the Moroccanoil products & so far they are working great for me! The only negative thing I can say is that the bottle is made of thick glass which the actual quantity of the product is less than it actually appears to be. However, it takes very little product for the ends of the hair! The product still deserves 5 stars! IF for any reason these products don’t work for you, it has to be that they have been returned “as no longer needed” & possibly tampered with by a dishonest consumer. Amazon will always make things right from my experience. From reviews I’ve read in the past, I felt I needed to add this comment as I have very difficult hair, coarse, frizzy, & unmanageable unless I use an excellent product like ‘Moroccanoil products’!!”- Amazon Review

PATTERN Jojoba Oil Hair Serum

“Love it! Smells like lavender, ahhhh. I love that you can use this on your scalp and hair. It locks in the moisture from the Pattern leave-in so well for super soft and hydrated hair. I’m so happy with everything from this line. I do believe this jojoba oil is a stand out product as well. You can use it in so many ways. I will continue to purchase this and pretty much everything else from this line. Thank you, Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross, you hit the nail on the head!! Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this line.” – Sephora review

Design Essentials Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum

“My hair is natural and I usually go to a salon when I occasionally want to have it flat ironed. I decided to order Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum to do it myself and I already had the Bamboo & silk HCO leave in conditioner that I used to detangle. Wow, these 2 pair together left my hair silky and as straight as if my stylist had dRead more about review stating Love this strengthening serum!” – Site review

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