The Five Must Have Mobile Apps to Survive Holiday Shopping and Traveling

The Five Must Have Mobile Apps to Survive Holiday Shopping & Traveling

Stress during the holidays has become as much of a seasonal staple as gifts, gatherings, and getaways.

From navigating the frenetic retail scene, to traveling the congested holiday highways, millions of people will endure more aggravation in the next six weeks than they have all year.

In fact, the American Psychological Association says that eight out of ten Americans now expect stress during the holidays.

But if you think there’s little that can be done to mitigate or even eliminate the most familiar frustrations of this festive period, you’re wrong on at least five counts.

Thanks in no small part to the ingenious mobile app developers and entrepreneurial visionaries of our time, the smartphones at our perpetual disposal now deliver an inspiring array of apps that address five well-known pillars of holiday stress: money, travel, fitness, time management, and exhaustion.

Equipped with these apps at the start of the season, busting the holiday blues has never be easier.

BillGuard

Spending and stress go hand-in-hand during the holidays. And regrettably for those who exceed their budgets, or fail to make one in the first place, January’s credit card bill could prove an epic financial burden that lingers well into the New Year. To keep you budgets and balances in check, BillGuard is a personal finance app that connects users to their online credit card statements and helps curtail overspending, missed payments, and even potential credit card fraud.

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Waze

When it comes to traveling during the holidays, there’s no shortage of stress-inducing hiccups waiting down the road. Waze – a popular community-based traffic and navigation app – can help users sidestep the snags of holiday road trips. From avoiding inclement weather, to dodging heavy congestion, the real-time traffic and road information available through Waze can make traveling safer, faster, and certainly less nerve-racking.

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My FitnessPal

During the holidays, the calories add up even faster than expenses. So keeping tabs on your pounds as well as your pocketbook can go a long way toward slashing holiday stress. Consequently, MyFitnessPal is a particularly useful app. Not only will it encourage stress-busting physical activity, it will keep you cognizant of your dietary habits and goals during the time of year when weight gain is more commonplace than mistletoe.

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Any.do

Although the holiday shopping season seems to start earlier every year, there still aren’t enough hours in the day to manage the endless tasks that come with the territory. That is, of course, unless your time management is superior. If it isn’t, at least there are superior time management apps that can help. Case in point: Any.do. Simple but sophisticated, the app serves up critically important organizational assistance, helpful time and date reminders, and even geolocation notifications to ensure optimal usage of scarce time and a steady stream of check-marks on that persistent to-do list.

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Sleep Genius

Not only has the CDC declared sleep deprivation a national epidemic, experts say chronic exhaustion generally worsens over the holidays. This is where Sleep Genius can help. A neuroscience-based app that has quickly earned a reputation for being among the most scientifically advanced and effective sleep apps on the market, Sleep Genius delivers to the bedroom breakthrough technology backed by decades of research. Forget the ineffectual white noise apps. Sleep Genius actually serves up a solution proven to help users get to sleep faster and benefit from more quality sleep. There’s no better way to start 2014 than being well-rested and ready to tackle those New Year’s resolutions.

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