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3 Ways You Could Use Your Phone to Improve Your Life

We pretty much have our smartphones glued to our hands, but how often do we feel like we could do something more productive with them? We use them to make calls, send texts, check social media, but we’re barely scratching the surface of what our smartphones can do for us while they thrum in our pockets. Unlock the true potential of your phone with these three ways in which we can make the most of our smartphones.

Gaming

Gaming has been proven to help relieve stress, offering escapism while also improving hand-eye coordination and our ability to think strategically. Whether trying to complete levels on Candy Crush or building the perfect scenario in Minecraft, you are using parts of the brain responsible for problem-solving, which helps flex them, especially if they would be seldom used otherwise. For instance, Pokemon Go gets you out of the house and interacting with your environment, which inspires exercise and exploration of your local area – especially those landmarks that you take for granted (Pikachu is bound to be hiding somewhere in Leeds Castle). Meanwhile, the Mr Green android app offers an escape from those dull moments at home, with a range of sportsbook and slot games, each providing something different depending on skill level. The app navigation is extremely intuitive and even offers live mobile games that feature the latest strategic live gaming technology to further sharpen your grey matter.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness may be the latest buzzword, but that doesn’t mean we should discount it as a passing fancy. Indeed, mindfulness refers to the health of our mind as a Fitbit might look into the health of our body. There are countless smartphone resources to help with mindfulness. The Mindfulness App and Headspace have gained traction and offer opportunities throughout the day to practice self-care. Insight Timer allows you to follow routines that will soothe your mind, while Buddhify takes the objectives that the spirituality preaches and puts them into practice with activities and things to remember. By downloading some mindfulness apps, you’ll be able to use your phone to improve your health.

Skills

The computational power in your phone is stronger than the computer that put a man on the moon back in 1969. You have the wealth of every single piece of acquired knowledge so far at the flick of a button. Think of something you’ve always wanted to do – such as try new recipes with a cookbook app or learn to sew properly with tutorials and advice on stitching. You can even learn a language as Babbel and Duolingo provide dozens of lessons on a range of languages that you can learn in bitesize chunks. And this can be done to pep up your commute or any downtime you’d otherwise spend scrolling through social media. Part of learning a new skill is finding the time to learn it and, by using your phone, you make the most of spare time and limit distractions – the biggest one tends to be your phone anyway.

Whether you use your phone to escape into a world of online gaming, to learn a new skill or to simply give your mind a rest, you really do have the power in your hand.

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