Be More ChillšŸ˜Ž

Ah, yes. It’s that time of the year again. Midterms are coming. *cue Game of Thrones Main Title Theme*

We, college students, are always stressing the extra mile. Sometimes to the point that we just push all our important tasks to the back of our mind in hopes that it will get done itself. Unfortunately, that’s never the case and sometimes we can’t avoid studying for that midterm exam, homework assignment, or big league project without a little help.

Here are 5 apps that can minimize your stress:

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What is it?

Loffee is a one-stop application for your Lo-Fi needs, with music for focusing on music for setting the vibe on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Personally curated, Loffee is a collection of music gathered from all the avenues of the world wide web while promoting and recognizing all the talent from around the globe. So sit back, relax and let Loffee make your day a little easier, one track at a time.

Review

Lo-fi is definitely a growing sensation in the music community. Everywhere on you Youtube you can guarantee there will be a lo-fi study live stream popping up in your recommended. This app presents a solution for when you just want specific playlists for your mood. Whether it’s positive, negative, lonely, or just for studying, this app has created a universe of lo-fi playlists to choose from.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Just Rain is a soothing audiovisual rain simulator. Listen to varying degrees of rain sounds from gentle drizzle to intense downpour — controlled by a simple drag of your finger. Just Rain also features stereo audio panning and a visual rain simulation. Use it to relax, to meditate, to study, or as a sleep aid!

 

Review

Who doesn’t like a little rain white noise to cleanse your mind? This app is awesome for when it’s a clear night and you just hear the pitty-patters of the droplets outside your window. The adjustments of the rain make this app even better than it should be. Along with controlling the type of rainfall you would like, you can also add soothing music in the background for a little more noise activity.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Relax Melodies is an app that lets you select sounds and melodies that you like, combine them and adjust the volume of each sound to create a mix. Add one of our meditations specially designed for sleep, lay back, listen, and enjoy falling asleep. Itā€™s that simple and it works. Create different and new mixes every time!

You will also love falling asleep to Sleep Moves, a unique concept of guided exercises done with a pillow to bring you into blissful sleep every night. These sleep-inducing programs have been approved by health and sleep professionals, including neuropsychologists and physiotherapists.

 

Review

I would put this in the same realm as the JustRain app except it pushes more outside the “rain” atmosphere. This app provides a diverse amount of sounds for you to listen to. You can choose from campfires, cat purring, bird noises, frog croaks, etc. This app is definitly up your alley if you are into ASMR.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Ever seen an adult coloring book and just wanted your release your inner frustration (Not to mention your inner child) by coloring in a coloring book? Look nowhere else then Colorify. This app is the digital version of an adult coloring book that compacts plenty of images for you to color. Whether it’s patterns or mandalas, you are not limited on ideas in this app.

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Review

I personally don’t feel like lugging around an adult coloring book everywhere I go. This makes it so much easier to just sit down and let you blow off any steam through coloring. The app gives you a bunch of coloring paged to choose from that fulfill all of your coloring desires. From floral designs to even mandalas, this app does not fall in short in the de-stressor category.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Similar to the Loffee app, this app broadcasts a range of lo-fiĀ hip-hop to work, study or just chill in the rain/sun. All of the songs that are broadcasted through his app are available through Bandcamp & Soundcloud for listening purposes. You could call it the “lo-fi” version of Spotify if you will.

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Review

As I stated earlier, this app has similar attributions to what Loffee can do. The only main differences that I identified were that it features play out like Spotify where you can favorite your tracks and randomize the song radio. It has a lot of really chill songs and haven’t been disappointed with the music options.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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šŸŽµSlave to the RhythmšŸŽ¶

Music. We listen to it. We dance to it. We fabricate conspiracies around it. We even make memes out of it.

Rhythm games have become on the rise, challenging their player’s sense of rhythmic action. Not to mention you can also discover some new music.

Here are 5 rhythm/music apps that will make you feel groovy:

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What is it?

CytusĀ is aĀ rhythm gameĀ developed byĀ Rayark Games, an independent game developer inĀ Taiwan.Ā The main gameplay ofĀ CytusĀ features the Active Scan Line, a black line that moves up and down across the screen.Ā The player taps circular objects, referred to as Notes, as the Active Scan Line passes over them, following the music.

App Features:

  • 200 songs and 400 variations, including many from famous composers around the world
  • Ā Beautiful hand-drawn art style (as illustrated in the screenshots)
  • Easy, intuitive Active Scan Line system and 3 types of notes
  • Different display modes allow player-friendly previewing of notes
  • More than 9 difficulty levels for more fun and challenges
  • Various music genres: Pop, Jazz, Trance, Hardcore, Drum N’ Bass and many more

Review

Gosh, how much describe my utter love and affection into a game like this one? I’ve always been a fan of games like DDR and StepMania but this game is on a whole other level. This app gives you over 100+Ā  songs (including Cytus II which is an add-on to the game) to play and each level has a different gaming mechanic.

 

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

From the same team that made Cytus, Deemo is a hybrid of music rhythm game and the story of urban fantasy, with hand-drawn art, story-telling gallery and real instrumental feedback of piano key sound.

App Features:

  • 60+ Free songs in story mode
  • More than 220 songs in various music genres, many of which from famous composers
  • Simple and intuitive gameplay
  • Twitter and Facebook score sharing function

 

Review

Similar to Cytus, this game provides an interactive rhythm-narrative that guides you through a beautiful journey of instrumental emotional turmoil.Ā  It’s not only a fun rhythm game to play but you also get attached to the characters that they based this entire app around. It’s a pretty great experience that makes you want to come back for more. Don’t even get me started on the gorgeous artwork that is inhabited in there!

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


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What is it?

Geometry Dash is an arcade app that provides Prepare for a near impossible challenge in the world of rhythm. Push your skills to the limit as you jump, fly and flip your way through dangerous passages and spiky obstacles.

App Features:

ā€¢ Rhythm-based Action Platforming
ā€¢ Lots of levels with unique soundtracks
ā€¢ Build and share your own levels using the level editor
ā€¢ Unlock new icons and colors to customize your character
ā€¢ Fly rockets, flip gravity and much more
ā€¢ Use practice mode to sharpen your skills
ā€¢ Lots of achievements and rewards

Review

I have one fatal warning before playing this game. Do not play unless you’re ready to except instant failure the first few tries. This game does not hold any mercy towards anyone. It will take you at least the first 20 times before you can actually finish the first level.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

The Nightwave Plaza – a place to indulge yourself with the top aesthetic musical talents of the Vaporwave genre.Featuring a beautiful, constantly updated database of Vaporwave artists across the globe, the 24/7 radio station prides itself with its no after-track advertisements and full support page for all artists and producers trying to find an audience.

App Features:

  • 58+ different aesthetic background gifs to choose from.
  • Simplistic, nostalgic user interface
  • No advertisement breaks between tracks

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Review

If you’ve ever had the experience of Pandora radio, then this app is similar to that. This app is for those peeps who want to venture out into the new world of vaporware. It’s an infinite radio that plays music unless the majority of listeners decide to change it. This isn’t a rhythm game of sorts, which makes it the odd one of the 5, but this a pretty cool place to curate some vaporwave tunes.

Check outĀ the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Dynamix is a mobile music game that integrates arcade gaming experience into a mobile device.Ā With triple-dropping track design, you feel like playing different instruments while hitting different sides.

App Features:

  • 5 level options that suit your level
  • Rank Up to unlock more tracks, more than 20 tracks is avaliable for free version
  • Collect characters to help pass the difficult levels
  • Over 100 tracks by composers all over the world, including Taiwan, Japan, South
  • Wide range choice of music including J-Pop ,Trancecore, Chiptune, New Age and more

 

Review

This a real oldie yet goodie for those who are huge DDR fans. I couldn’t keep the app long but this is a pretty fun experience. Not only is the music bumping, but the different levels fluctuate the beat and stacks on more rhythms.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

šŸ”®Let Me Tell Your FortunešŸ”®

Grab your broomsticks, 20-foot long toilet paper, and pumpkin baskets, because Halloween is right around the corner. It’s that time of the year where you get to go all out on the pumpkin spice (and not look like a total hunger-prone pumpkin maniac) and have a reason to hang mutated-like spiders in your window without being questioned for it.

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to dive into the world of the mystic? Maybe learn about some tarot card reading? Or maybe you want to get into the magical world of numerology. Buckle up, ghouls.

Here are 5 apps that can mystify your life:

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What is it?

Mystic Mondays is a tarot for the modern mystic. The tarot can be used as an intuition tool to help you clarify your day to day questions and guide you towards better decisions for yourselves. When you go inwards, often times you already know the answers to your questions.

Fun Find: You’re can actually buy your very own holographic tarot card set on their website here!Ā 

Review

I have been using this app on the daily since I discovered it in September. It’s a quick and easy way to check what tarot card you’ve gotten for the day and even share with your friends on different social media. The app not only provides you your card of the day, it also gives you a description of the card’s representation as well. You can also log all of your cards for the day into the log journal to keep track of your fortune progress.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Golden Thread Tarot is a modern approach to an ancient tradition. The app’s belief is that tarot is not about revealing a fixed future, but giving you access to the self-knowledge you need to make better decisions and act with awareness.

App Features:

  • Your Mirror – as you save and store readings in your log, we build up data about you and your cards, making it easy for you to find patterns where they were once hidden.
  • Tarot Database – sortable and searchable database of cards, giving you details on meanings, keywords, suits, and number.
  • Guided Readings – use either digital cards or physical cards to ask and reflect on your questions.
  • Log Your Readings – save and store not only your cards but how you felt about them. Build a database of your thoughts and feelings and see yourself reflected back at you.
  • Illustrated Lessons – make learning the underlying foundation of tarot simple.

Review

I actually like this app better than the Mystic Monday app. This app has way more features to offer when it comes to tarot readings. You not only get your reading for the day, but the app also teaches you the basics/origins of tarot card reading itself.Ā  It also teaches you different ways of doing tarot reading based on your mood. It’s a pretty insightful app that really snags your attention when you first open it and I would definitely recommend.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

My Moon Phase is an app for tracking the lunar calendar. It has a sleek dark design which makes it easy to view information such as the current moon cycle, moonrise & moonset times as well as extras such as when the next full moon will be. If you’re interested in moon photography, you can also find out when the golden hours and blue hours are so you can take the most beautiful photos.

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Review

This is a pretty cool calendar app for those who are into formulating “spells” & “potions” around the lunar calendar. It’s pretty much an on the go moon phase app that notifies you of the moon cycles, distance, and even the best time for taking photos of it are. It can pretty much count as your daily calendar and weather app if you don’t want to jump back and forth between two different apps.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

The World Numerology app analyzes 18 different numerology readings created specifically for you – with instant access to your free 8-page personal reading, free daily forecast, and 3 free chart calculators.

Each report covers a specific area of your life. Learn more about your personality, talents, the way others see you, and why you choose the things you do. View approaching challenges and opportunities. Pinpoint your state of mind and emotions, and check your relationship compatibility with the people in your life.

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Review

This app reminds of a horoscope app but instead of your well-known 12 zodiac signs, it actually dissects your life path, your daily forecast, your yearly forecast, your chart calendar, your interactions with relationships, your inner reflections, and your proportional chart. It’s a pretty dope app that expands beyond the typical horoscope apps that give you the 12 sign forecasts. This app steps outside of that realm and instead observes your life path number.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

The DailyHoroscope is a free horoscope application updated on a daily basis with the best daily horoscopes. The DailyHoroscope is the most popular horoscope app on many major smartphonesā€‹. Tout being the most accurate and compelling horoscope app out there by its users.

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App Features:

ā€¢ Daily horoscope
ā€¢ Weekly horoscope
ā€¢ Monthly horoscope
ā€¢ Zodiac characteristics for each sign
ā€¢ Zodiac sign compatibility
ā€¢ Chinese horoscope for 2018 and 2017
ā€¢ Explore alternative Druid horoscope

Review

I am an absolute horoscope nutcase. I’ve researched a lot about the great unknown of horoscope and I am quite fascinated by how many people have caught on to it. This app feeds into the phenomena and gives you everything you need to know about your horoscope. Wanna know what’s going on with you in a year? This app tells you that. What about your Chinese horoscope? They’ve got it. They’ve got everything you can imagine in the horoscope realm.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

šŸ§ Work Smarter. Not Harder. šŸ’¦

How many times have you caught yourself off-task to the point that you just resort to your old fashion procrastinating ways? It’s so easy for us to distract ourselves with the technology that surrounds us, especially when it comes to having our phones.

It’s hard for some to get away from the distraction of our phone since it is so ingrained in our everyday life.

Thankfully, with the creation of productivity apps, motivation has increased over time.

Here are 5 apps that can help you stay on task:

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What is it?

If you want to temporarily put down your phone and focus on what’s more important in real life, you can plant a seed in Forest. As time goes by, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation of using your phone and leave the app, your tree will wither. The sense of achievement and responsibility will encourage you to stay away from your phone and will help you make better use of your time.

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Review

I love this app when I came across it. I enjoy gamification in mobile apps when they’re done right, and this is one of them. From the same creators that made SleepTown in my last post,Ā  this app once again enforces you to stay focus on a real-life task and keeping you off your phone. This cannot only be a self-motivation tool for staying off your phone but it can also be used for competition against your friends if you want to work together on being more productive.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Habitica is a productivity app that treats your life similar to a game and encourages you to stay motivated and organized in an RPG like style. Rewritten.

Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests! Fight monsters with friends to keep each other accountable, and use your gold on in-game rewards, like equipment, or custom rewards, like watching an episode of your favorite TV show. Flexible, social, and fun, Habitica is the perfect way to motivate yourself to accomplish anything.

Review

Game design majors/gamers are going to have a field day with this one. This habit tracker makes the mundane tasks in your life similar to that of an RPG quest. I find the idea thrilling because not only is it considered a task manager but it’s also a system that rewards you with pets, equipment, and more rewards.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Fabulous is an app takes a holistic approach to motivate you to be more productive and have higher energy. It’s more than just a habit tracker, or a way to create new rituals; it’s your own personal coach and happiness trainer.

  • Smart-targeted health advice for healthy living
  • Scientifically grounded approach to instill healthy habits and mindfulness into your daily rituals
  • Atkins & HCG diet inspired weight loss program where you can stop counting calories
  • Ā A personal 1:1 coach that will motivate you to be more productive and achieve your goals
  • Integrated fitness programs for a healthier, fitter lifestyle
  • Incremental goals that start with getting you to fall asleep faster. Youā€™ll eventually create an entire morning ritual
  • Beginners guide to exercise and a workout plan, meditation, yoga, stretching, and a lot more

Review

Fabulous is a heartwarming app that’s main focus is to incorporate better habits for yourself. It really tries to look into what habits you mainly want to work on and build a schedule plan around it. I like apps like this because it not only focuses on one habit, it creates ultimately different components for you such as meal plans, morning rituals, and weight loss regime.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

OmniFocus manages everything in your busy life. Use projects to organize tasks naturally, and then add tags to organize across projects. Easily enter tasks when youā€™re on the go, and process them when you have time. Tap the Forecast view ā€” which shows both tasks and calendar events ā€” to get a handle on your day. Use the Review perspective to keep your projects and tasks on track.

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Review

OmniFocus is a pretty big program that’s central interface in Apple products. I’m not a huge Apple user so that is the only downside I can find with this app, but with it comes everything you can think of. Errand records, email management, project enlistments, and even tagging your own tasks to help you stay organized.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Done helps you create healthy routines by helping you set goals, tracking your progress, and then motivating you with streaks/chains. Unlike so many other habit apps, Done lets you set a goal and track it multiple times a day, not just one time per day.

Done can help you both build and quit habits/activities.

After setting tangible daily, weekly or monthly goals, Done will help you track your habits and activities and tell you when you’ve met your goal. Done also keeps track of Streaks or Chains when you’ve met your goals in consecutive periods.

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Review

I love the progress report on this app. It’s has a simple user-interface that keeps you inspired by tracking your motivation streaks and visualizes your motivation trends over time. This app has really helped me stay up to date and organized with getting daily goals done, such as homework,Ā  chores, bills etc. I would recommend this to anybody who is down to kick off the bad habits in your life.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here!