As students, one of the most stressful times are during exams and let’s be real, we all develop some sort of mental breakdowns! It’s not just your mental health that takes a toll but your physical health too, and not to mention internal. With barely any time to eat and exercise, those textbooks and lecture notes just get in the way. Nevertheless, health is just too important to ignore, and even more during the examination period.
Lucky for us who live in this tech-era. Developers have created tons of apps that help student keep their well-being in check so that they’d be able to balance exam stress and let loose sometimes. Many students resort to Netflix or Spotify just to goof around a little bit in between studying times, as it is important to “goof“ around so that the brain gets the rest it needs. However, these apps we are about to list may just be your lifesavers so that you know your health condition is top-notch.
According to Mayo Clinic, stress develops emotional eating which is totally unnecessary. For example, you’re stressed so you go to the fridge and get a tub of your favourite ice-cream just to push the stress away and although that may be satisfying, it could lead to serious health problems.
MyFitnessPal is an app that helps you take a look at how many calories are you consuming on a daily basis and it also allows you to have a general idea of how much food you should take based on your height, weight, gender and also your #bodygoals! We totally understand that as students, sometimes you just don’t have the time to map out your meal plans and hit the grocery store, it is absolutely okay to munch down a Big Mac once in a while. But the next time you’re stressed, get a bowl of fruits instead of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tub.
Now we all know that this pandemic has literally changed almost half of the world’s youths and turning them into either a couch potato or a home-gym junkie. Let’s face it. You’re not doing it right with just a clean diet. Your muscles and limbs need a stretch and even walking does something to your physical health. Most students will say “I just don’t have the time to go to the gym“ but you don’t have to go to the gym to be fit. Pacer helps encourage you by tracking how many steps you’ve taken for the day, ten thousand steps per day are what most experts will recommend in order to battle the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Pacer can totally help you with achieving this, it works just like a pedometer.
Water is ultimately the most important diet of all times. In order for somebody to progress productively on a daily basis, water provides hydration, energy and oxygen to the overall internal health. It is impossible to deny the benefits that water provides you, with its plus advantage of helping you get that glass skin. Waterlogged or Water Your Body (for android users) helps you track how much water intake you’ve consumed throughout the day and also sends you alerts to drink water when you need it.
Other than a balanced diet, exercise and hydration, sleep is also important for students which tend to get neglected. Most students are struggling with their sleeping schedule as a result of midnight studying and some binge-entertainment and that affects their productivity during the day where they feel sleepy in class or just sluggish in the morning. Some say that light sleepers are more productive but when your body gets the rest it needs at night, the energy you get during the day can help you achieve so much more. Twilight is an app that helps you doze off while playing on your phone because it filters out the blue light display on your phone and that stimulates your body clock. So, if you ever feel like it’s hard to fall asleep, try Twilight!
5. Sworkit Lite
If you’re someone who is committed to start working out but don’t have the time or are confused about how to start scheduling your workouts, Sworkit Lite helps you customize your workout schedule based on your mood. It even helps you plan your workouts based on how long you want your workouts to be, what sort of workout you’re into, and what body parts are you targeting. This one app might be the app for you if you’re too busy to go to the gym.
6. Habitica / HabitRPG
As we are trying to figure out how to juggle the student life, we tend to develop habits that are unhealthy and we all know how hard it is to break off a bad habit. However, Habitica is an app/game that helps you to do just that by rewarding you coins when you check off a task from your to-do list! And if you fail to do so, you’ll lose health and coins. It’s cool, isn’t it?
Breathing is simple and we do it constantly every day but we definitely forget how to do it correctly and most times, we forget to do it at our most stressful times! Students experience a high level of stress due to exams and projects that are endless and often they feel like the world is just coming at them non-stop. When that happens, Breathe2Relax is an app that really helps you to chill out and just take some time off work to meditate. Research has proven that meditation aids stress by letting one-self take control of their mind and body to ward off any negative thoughts. If you’re a student who is having a hard time coping with exams, make sure to download this app and remember to breathe, literally.
Notes are very important for students because they are like the “guardian angels” for all students. Evernote is a note-taking app filled with nifty features to make jotting down notes easier. It is fully compatible with a computer or phone and it allows you to type sentences out, record voice memos and take pictures to make sure that you have all that you need in one app for easy access. You can also store everything in a cloud service on your device.
Calendars are essential for students to help them track important dates for exams but nobody really uses a physical calendar anymore. Any.do is a neat calendar app that lets you plan your day carefully so that you have a productive schedule. It will help you track you to-do lists as well as your study habits and reminders so that you won’t forget cardinal meetings or exams. This app is also compatible on multiple devices.
10. The Promodoro Timer
If you’re someone who has a hard time focusing on a task, this app helps you to complete your tasks with high concentration. The Promodoro Timer allows you to fully focus for a period of 25 minutes at a time, but the twist is that the app is full of interval breaks in between so that your brain won’t explode. It also helps you to customize your breaks and tasks in order for you to benefit the most out of your studying time instead of procrastinating.
Ever since the Covid-19, students are finding it difficult to study from home because of distractions and also loneliness which is rare in physical classes. They are often distracted by their phone, and Flora is here to helps students to manage their screen time by virtual gardening. Whenever you put your phone down, a seed is planted and a tree starts to grow which shows productivity so the less usage of your screen time, the better the tree grows. What’s unique about this app is that you can plant trees with your friend and grow a garden together. Not to mention, it is cute and eco-friendly!
This app is one of our favourites! It is called Atmosphere, and it is for people who enjoy natural sounds or white noise. Some can’t focus when it is too silent but they can’t listen to music because it is too loud. Nature sounds or white noise helps one to focus and relax at the same time — so if you are into that, then this is the app for you.
All the apps we just listed are merely a tool to help you improve your student lifestyle, the most important thing is that you cater the best to yourself and remember to be optimistic at all times. You can do this!
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