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A Good Start to the Day is Leaving Your Stress Behind

There are apps available to help you have a bright outlook

I also write a very brief overview of what I want to do today. I have more recently been meditating and Calm is a useful app for this, especially as there are short meditations of every variety to choose from.
- Mary MacRory, life coach and author

There’s almost nothing worse than starting your day stressed out — from worrying about what you have to get done that day to trying to figure out what you’re going to make for dinner that evening.

While stress can sometimes be unavoidable, there are apps that can help relieve some of that stress.

Meditation can Give You a Level Head

In fact, some experts suggest meditation in the morning can help minimize stress and start the day with a level head.

Life coach and author Mary MacRory said she starts every day thinking about five things that she’s grateful to get things in perspective.

“I also write a very brief overview of what I want to do today,” said MacRory. “I have more recently been meditating and Calm is a useful app for this, especially as there are short meditations of every variety to choose from.”

With the Calm app, users can choose from a wide array of meditation sessions, from 5 to 35 minutes. Users also can choose what they want to focus on. Calm helps users track moods and emotions.

“The way you start your day is the way it will keep going,” said Milana Perepyolkina, author of two wellbeing books. When we are stressed, we are in our heads. When we meditate, we focus on our breathing and move into our bodies.”

Perepyolkina said she spends several minutes meditating to allow her to start the day right.

“It is much harder these days to release stress,” she said. “We are in an information overload mode most of the day and even at night. Our minds were not built for that amount of information bombarding from every corner. This is why it's extremely important to consciously release stress. Any app that allows you to take a break, breathe deeply, and disconnect from the hectic world for a few minutes will help in stress relief.”

Yoga is Becoming a Good Option

Now if you’re looking to start your day with a nice yoga session, Down Dog is an app that can help. With the app, you can have a soothing yoga session in the comfort of your own home. You can tailor your yoga session with over 30,000 configurations.

About 7.5% of U.S. adults have tried yoga at least once, and 4% have practiced yoga in the past year, according to a report by Harvard Medical School The report also said there is growing evidence that yoga practice is a “relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health.”

Hey, What’s for Dinner?

So another way to prepare for the day is to worry about one less thing — what’s for dinner?

For instance, Yummly is an app that can help you take dinner planning off your busy plate. Yummly offers personalized dinner plans based on meal preference, allergies, and dietary restrictions based on 2 million recipes. It can also add ingredients you need for dinner to your grocery list. The app also features voice command so you can swipe through cooking instructions without touching your device.

Filtered recipe search is one of the app’s most popular features, said Ruth Rangan, head of content at Yummly. “You can specify not just ingredients that you don't want to eat, but also dietary needs (for instance, if you're vegan, we'll only show you vegan recipes). You can even specify your favorite cuisines, so we'll show you more recipes you do like and none that don't meet your requirements.”

Rangan said Yummly got its start because one of its founders loved to cook but hated mustard and wanted to create something that would only show him recipes without mustard.

“We're also taking the stress out of people's days with our new meal planning tools,” she said “You can find the perfect recipes and add them to a meal plan — Yummly automatically generates a shopping list for you with all the ingredients. From there, you can buy all the ingredients online or use the shopping list in the store to get everything you need!”

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