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For small business owners, making every minute of the working day as productive as possible is a top priority.

Of course, downtime is also important. Health experts have warned that taking time out to de-stress is key to maintaining positive mental health, and it can also lead to an increase in productivity.

Here are our top 5 lifestyle apps to help you make the most of your downtime:

1. Gratitude

It can be easy to get bogged down by problems in business and forget to celebrate what’s going right, which is where Gratitude comes in. The app is a journal of sorts, asking you to list five things you’re grateful for each day. The developers believe that by making you focus on the positive each day, you’ll start to see a change in the way you think in just three weeks.

2. Couch to 5k

Keeping active while running a business can be difficult, which is where Couch to 5k comes in. The app crafts a training plan for runners who are just beginning, through to experienced runners training for events. All it takes is thirty minutes three times a week to keep fit.

3. Calm

The workers of Silicon Valley swear by this meditation app. It teaches relaxation techniques to get users to take their minds off work and get them, well, calm.

4. Epicurious

Chances are that if you’re running a business you may not be thinking too much about finding and whipping up a new recipe for dinner. Epicurious is here to help, bringing almost 30,000 recipes from food magazines, celebrity chefs, and restaurants to the palm of your hand, and also allows you to create shopping lists.

5. Lumosity

Staying alert is key in business, so a bit of brain training wouldn’t go astray. Lumosity can improve your brain performance with scientific games.

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Gina Baldassarre

Gina Baldassarre

Gina is a journalist at Dynamic Business. She enjoys learning to ice skate and collecting sappy inspirational quotes.

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