With the rise of new technologies our lives are more hectic than ever before, and we barely have time to stop and take stock of what's going on around us. So it's not usual for us to sometimes lose sight of what really matters - like looking after health, for example.
Isn't it ironic, then, that some of the very things that steal so much of our time each day (yep, we're talking apps) can be just the things we need to help us keep on top of our good health and wellbeing.
The following is a selection of Android apps that'll help you look after your body and mind, even when you're short of time.
MediSafe Meds & Pill Reminder wants to make sure you don't forget to take your medication when you need to. Keep track of what you need to take and when, align data with medical information, and send progress reports to your doctor or nurse.
Getting going is easy: simply add your meds, and the time and frequency of your doses to get a handy notification. But this is more than just a simple reminder app. It also tracks other measurements, such as blood pressure, weight, blood-glucose levels, keep a personal health diary, note down health appointments, and offers helpful advice and support.
Drinking enough water is so very important, yet few of us seem to be able to manage this seemingly easy feat. There's not need to feel ashamed - just get kitted up.
With Aqualert: Water Reminder you can set your intake requirements, then throughout the day, you'll receive notifications reminding you to drink your water. With adjustable daily goals and handy graphics, expect to get some real use out of this app.
Set your cup size, track your progress with graphs and charts, and tap your way to a more hydrated body.
It's been around a fair while, yet still lingers firmly at the top of the download charts. Ipnos Software's Relax Melodies lets you easily customize tracks meant for relaxation by layering ambient loops over one another, helping you stay calmer throughout the day, sleep better, and just feel generally more upbeat.
Mix together customized tracks from up to 46 different ambient sounds, ranging from the classic rainfall to soothing medieval flutes. You can layer up to 10 sounds and select the relative volume of each and set a timer when you're going to sleep for auto turn-off. The app also includes two binaural beats that can also be layered into your mix if you'd like to try brainwave entertainment.
Migraine Buddy is a personal tracking tool to help those who suffer from severe migraines. It functions a simple bit effective symptoms diary, helping you detect triggers for you to avoid and hopefully reduce the number of painful episodes.
How does it work? Simply note down each and every one of your symptoms, with as much detail as possible, by answering a quick and easy questionnaire, covering everything from how much it hurts, to what you did that you think may have caused it, and where the pain started.
The more you use it, the more useful it will become in helping you detect triggers and avoid those nasty migraines.
Food Intolerances is one of the most comprehensive and scientifically backed tools for helping sufferers of food allergies and intolerance to identify foods which may be a trigger. This rich offline database includes over 700 foods, rated for things like histamine, fructose, sorbitol, lactose, salicylate, gluten, milk protein and egg content.
It's easy to navigate and, quite frankly, invaluable for sufferers of food intolerance. You can input your allergies (and your level of sensitivity), and you'll learn about foods that could potentially be a trigger, even if the don't necessarily contain a primary ingredient you are allergic to.
Each food has a link to Wikipedia, and you can add your own notes, as well as compile a shopping list.
Eye Test - Eye Exam is an interesting app to help you evaluate your eyesight and general eye health. The app provides a series of eye tests which you can complete in a couple of minutes, helping you make a rough diagnosis of your eye health.
The tests are short and simple to carry out, and the app itself is very easy on the eye. It's not a replacement for a visit to the optometrists, of course. But it's a good way of keeping your optical health at the forefront of your mind.
If you've got a hearing problem, the best solution is to consult with your doctor - but if you find yourself in a pinch, uSound (Hearing Assistant) can make for a great backup. Take the fast in-app hearing test to determine your personal hearing levels in each ear, then use the various modes with headphones to filter ambient noise so that it better matches your hearing needs. Choose from Conversation, Noisy, and Home.
It's just a great tool to have at hand if you have hearing problems, just in case you need an extra boost to stay connected to the aural world around you. It'll help you follow the details of a quiet conversation as well as navigate noisy city streets.