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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

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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

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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.

12 Make Up Tips For Darker Skin Tones To Make Sure You Get The Most Out Of Your Makeup Money

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12 Make Up Tips For Darker Skin Tones To Make Sure You Get The Most Out Of Your Makeup Money

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Whether you are just starting to experiment with makeup or have already picked up plenty of looks from your favorite tía, telenovela star or singer, here are a few tips for working with makeup with darker skin tones.

1. Don’t Skip UV Protection:

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Your skin is beautiful with or without a tan. However, it is important to use UV protection even if you are dark. When planning for a day in the sun, add a bit of sunscreen, or at least a foundation and lip balm that offer UV protection to your look. Not only will a little sunscreen protect you from dangerous skin cancer, but it will also keep your skin looking younger as you age.

2. Develop A Solid Routine:

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Dark skin has plenty of variety and reacts differently to various climates. Whether you need to moisturize on a regular basis or deal with excess oil, a good routine can help you avoid breakouts. And, of course, always remember to take your makeup off before going to bed no matter how tired you feel. Your skin will thank you.

3. Mind the Undertones:

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Your skin may have yellow, olive, or even reddish undertones. Understanding your undertones can help you select colors to either bring these out or keep them hidden.

4. Moisturizer Is Key:

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Dark skin can get ashy when it’s dry. This can be embarrassing especially if you live in a climate that you’re your skin doesn’t like because everyone will know when you need to moisturize.

5. Match Your Makeup To Your Personal Style:

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Makeup can definitely be used to express your style and your individuality. If you love bright colors, you can certainly translate that into your night time, and even daytime, look.

6. Find the Right Shades:

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Finding the shades of foundation and even eyeshadow that compliment your skin tone can be a bit of a journey. Fortunately, once you find what works, you can use that as your framework for future looks.

7. Play With Foundation:

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If you are blessed with clear skin, you may skimp on, or even skip foundation all together for certain daytime looks. On the other hand, you can also use foundation and powder to play up different parts of your face. Most experts recommend using a foundation that is two shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

8. Do Some Research:

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If you’re trying out something new, or if you’ve generally had trouble with matching makeup to your skin tone- you’re in luck; there are several YouTube and Instagram influencers who specifically work with darker skin tones and offer tutorials. You can also ask a friend for help.

9. Make The Most Out Of Your Concealer:

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While concealer is traditionally used to hide skin blemishes, it can also help make your eyes pop. Simply apply your favorite concealer under your eyes and to your eyebrows in a triangle

10. Makeup After Contact Lenses:

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This tip is universal but worth noting regardless of whether you are using contact lenses to help correct your vision or are opting for color contacts to make your eyes pop for a special occasion. Putting on your contacts last minute will inevitably lead to running makeup- and possibly even mascara smudged contact lenses.

11. Balance Your Eyes And Lips:

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Having both eye and lips pop can be overwhelming, which is why makeup artists focusing on one or the other. That doesn’t mean that your eyes can’t look stunning if you’re wearing a red or purple lipstick, but having your eyes pink at the same time, can be a bit too much at best, and may leave you looking like a clown at worst. To make sure you aren’t overdoing it, stick to accentuating either your eyes or your lips- especially if you are a beginner.

Working From Home Can Impact Your Mental Health, Here’s How To Stay Sane And Healthy

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Working From Home Can Impact Your Mental Health, Here’s How To Stay Sane And Healthy

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A recent survey shows that thirty-five percent of workers who telecommute said their mental health had deteriorated as a result of doing so amid the coronavirus lockdown. As someone who has gone from working in a social, fun-filled, compassionate office space, I can consider myself part of that 35%.

Although working from home (for those privileged enough to do so) is a necessity for our safety and that of the community – it definitely presents some unique challenges.

Yes, the benefits are many: avoiding transit problems and the stress of commuting; sidestepping office politics; adopting a flexible schedule that allows for chores and errands to be incorporated into the work day; more time with family and pets; and a break on keeping up a business wardrobe and other appearance-related expenses.

But there’s a dark side. It’s an arrangement that fosters isolation and disconnection, two conditions that feed the greedy depression monster.

Here are some excellent tips for taking care of your mental health during these unprecedented times.

Break up your workday

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Some common challenges when working from home during the pandemic is the lack of stimulation and connection to people you used to see regularly. This can become a bit confusing, so it’s great to try to break up the schedule.

One of the best tips for working from home that I’ve discovered is breaking up the work day with movement. This can be a quick burst of movement (like jumping jacks, or lifting kettle bells) or some lower impact movement like a walk. I’m also a huge fan of taking a mid-afternoon break (longer than your typical 30-minute lunch break) to go on a long walk or run errands.

Get a routine and stick to it

Routine is essential, and it’s even more important when structure is missing.

Sticking to a routine does not mean that you have to abide by the old standard 9-5 office hours, and only take downtime in the evening. It simply means that you have a system for waking up on time, getting ready, feeling confident and getting your work done in a timely manner. 

When you do this regularly enough, it will feel more natural over time, and you won’t have to think about it so much. For me, this has meant taking my dogs out on a walk to get a coffee in the morning and then coming home and getting to work – it’s like creating my own little commute.

Stay connected

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Remember to keep up with friends and family, even if that can only be done through a Zoom or FaceTime call. Text someone you care about, and when restrictions are lifted in your area, try to make plans as regularly as you feel comfortable.

Connection is key, and it can be challenging when you don’t leave your home for long stretches of time.

It’s also helpful to join platforms of people doing similar work as you and interacting with them throughout the day. Or you can join an online book club or participate in volunteer work – having this sort of obligation will go a long way in helping you show up when you don’t feel great.

Incorporate wellness activities into your day

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One of the biggest perks of working from home is that you get to do things you might not be able to if you’re in an office all day.

I’ve been doing 20 minute walks around my neighborhood while listening to music. This moves the energy in the body and allow us to to have a shift in consciousness, which is so important when you’ve been isolated in front of a computer screen.

Another way to experience new energy in the body is to pause from work, find a comfortable place to sit, and then do deep belly breaths. This involves taking one deep breath in, and then focus on the exhale. You’ll notice your shoulders will relax, and your body will feel lighter.

Learn how to detach

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It’s so important when working from home that you keep your work and personal lives and actual physical areas totally separate. For many, it may not be possible to create an actual separate office space but you can create workspaces outside of your most “lived in” spaces. That’s what matters most.

There is a risk that working hours will get longer if the boundaries between work and personal life become blurred. It is necessary to establish a rigid system in which work can be carried out in a planned manner, such as by setting working hours and the timing of contact with supervisors.

No matter what you do, remember that working from home is yet another “new normal” to get used to — and the sooner you adapt to what makes you most productive, healthy, and mentally well, the better.