App Review – Wellness

1. Headspace

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What: ‘Headspace’ is a meditation app that helps you concentrate on your outstanding goals and tasks through guided breathing and visualisation exercises.

How it works: Meditation is an activity that traditionally takes time. Be it engaging in an intensive yoga session or doing some deep-breathing exercises, meditation seems to be a luxury for those of us who constantly have to be on our toes – meeting clients or managing company matters. ‘Headspace’ is here to change that, by allowing you the bite-sized target of meditating for 10 minutes a day over a period of 10 days for starters. Minimalism undergirds the app’s purpose and visual layout, encouraging you to eliminate clutter in your mind and emotions, and catalysing that post-Marie Kondo minimalist revolution in psyches.

Why you should use it: ‘Headspace’’s free Take10 programme and starter sessions will ease you into the rhythm of a more controlled and well-balanced pace of life to discover a more relaxed and efficient version of yourself.



2. Happify

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What: As its moniker connotes, this app is targeted at adding that silver lining to every cloud obscuring your life at the moment.

How it works: Through categorising different life goals into ‘tracks’ that each have small quizzes, games and activities, Happify lends that energy boost you need to stay buoyant by improving your perspective about various dimensions of life.

Why you should use it:

Operating on scientific correlations between certain activities and mental wellbeing, Happify offers astonishingly effective exercises like noticing positive words in a game and avoiding negative ones – don’t underestimate this facile task, for it can unleash greater positivity for you to tackle your most pressing concerns. Subscribe to a yearly or monthly service to access the entire suite of activities during your daily work commute.



3. Gratitude Journal

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What: Swedish stationery enterprise Kikki.K is probably the company that reinvented the old-fashioned method of journaling for our modern era, as their versatile range of gratitude journals are used by business founders all over the world, such as Ariana Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global. For our updated take on a digital version of this practice, we recommend the Gratitude Journal app.

How it works: Sometimes, simple is truly best, as encapsulated by this app that inspires you to record five things you are thankful for each day. With a password feature and the capacity to embed photos in your entries, this app will be your new go-to for your memories to be emblazoned in your mind.

Why you should use it: Business involves tuning into your empathetic side, so cultivate this habit that will sustain a healthy business culture of humanitarianism amidst oncoming tides of change.


Helena Ma brings with her a wealth of experience and a truly cosmopolitan perspective, having lived and worked in Shanghai, China; Gothenburg, Sweden; and London, UK. Her stints in Europe and China has armed Helena with a potent blend of ancient Chinese wisdom and contemporary Western knowledge which she incorporates into business management and client project