5 Apps to Help You Stay Sane During the Coronavirus

If you’re like most people, the arrival of coronavirus (COVID-19) has already impacted daily habits. Maybe it’s taking hand-washing to a whole new level, turning into a news addict, or simply upending your regularly scheduled routines. If, as a result of all of these sudden changes, you’ve felt an uptick in your anxiety, we recommend giving the following apps a try. They may just help you stay level-headed and more prepared for whatever comes next.

Headspace

This app is designed to help you improve your health through meditation and mindfulness. While guided meditations are its focus, users can also access articles and videos. Andy Puddicombe’s English accent and unhurried delivery help guide even the most beginner meditation practitioners to drop down into a calmer space. Headspace has millions of users all over the world and is currently offering

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Heed the call of the wild | Health Beat

Any amount of time outside is valuable to health and wellness, but few things can top authentic wildlife encounters and scenic views. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Access to nature is growing harder for urban folks to find, with relatively wild places few and far between.

Now, researchers with the University of Washington, in Seattle, have found that not all forms of nature equally benefit human well-being.

Wildness is especially important for both physical and mental health, the new study finds.

“It was clear from our results that different kinds of nature can have different effects on people,” said lead author Elizabeth Lev, a graduate student in the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. “The wilder areas in an urban park seem to be affording more benefits to people—and their most meaningful interactions depended on those relatively wild features.”

The research team focused on Discovery Park, a 500-acre park that

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