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Rest is a break reminder app for Mac and Windows that keeps you productive and healthy throughout the day.
It does so by helping you remember to take a break every now and then, optionally suggesting great mini exercises that you can do right there in your office chair.
If you do any kind of work on your computer for more than a couple of hours a day, you need Rest. Learn more below.
If you're working while sitting (nearly any job with a computer), you're likely experiencing back pain, headaches, eye-strain, wrist pain or any number of related problems. It's all tied to this: you're sitting all day, with minimal breaks, doing repetitive movements (using the mouse, typing on a keyboard). That's bad, and can lead to serious problems.
Give it a try. Take regular breaks, do some quick exercises (Rest has illustrations and exercises for 13 different simple exercises you can do right in front of your computer), grab some coffee, go for a walk. People that have tried Rest love it! (read the reviews below!)
Requires OS X 10.8+
Smart defaults, intuitive & beautiful indicators and a powerful but simple configuration options will make Rest useful yet invisible.
✓ 12 Built-in sounds
✓ Exercise suggestions
✓ Screen-saver like images
✓ Configurable work & break intervals
✓ Everything is optional!
Whether you choose to use the Pomodoro technique, or use it as a break reminder — eye-strain, RSI headaches & burnout will go down, while your productivity will go up!
Hand-picked sounds for the musically inclined among you. Easily turn them off if you’re in an open office.
Sitting all day with no physical activity is detrimental to our health. Try these short suggestions to improve your health. Available with full-screen notifications only.
Don’t feel like exercising? That’s okay too, because Rest can show you beautiful, awe-inspiring scenery - if you’re stuck in an office, it’s a good way to feel closer to mother nature. Available with full-screen notifications only.
By default, Rest will wait for you to step away from the computer before it counts your break and it’s smart enough to wait for you to come back before starting your work cycle.
In the past year there has been, on average, a new update every month, for free! See the changelog
Rest Beacon for iOS is a free companion to Rest on your desktop. Use it to quickly set reminders when stepping away from the computer. Find out more
What happens if you want to take a 5, 10 minute break outside, enjoying your patio, backyard or socializing at the office watercooler? With other break reminders, you'd have to manually setup alarms or remember not to waste too much time.
Rest Beacon, a helper app for Rest on your desktop, offers handy functionality for quickly setting a reminder to come back to work. That way, you take your much needed breaks, and still get things done.
Available for iOS 7 or greater (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch); and Android 4 or greater.
Oh, and once you've bought Rest for your desktop, the iOS helper app is completely free.
Requires OS X 10.8+
This app does what your brain does not or will not. It very simply reminds you to take a break from the computer. We each know that taking such breaks is important, but yet we ignore the obvious. Rest is a pleasant and effective means of acheiving this much needed end. Highly recommended.App Store review by tipsyshoes
Best of its kind. I was looking for a really nice app that combined good design with highly customizable setting and I found it in Rest. I’m really pleased with the product and I think it is worth the price. I highly recommend it for people who likes good design and needs a highly customizable product.App Store review by gaastonsr
This app is really a great addition to my day. I tend to work in long stretches of time with lots of focus, and this helps me take a more balanced approach by breaking that up into smaller time segments with short breaks. The sound, visuals, and exercises during the breaks help re-establish mindfulness and a centered state of mind - for me almost immediately, especially if I’m doing one of the exercises. I’m centered and much more productive when I resume work. One idea for improvement would be the ability to overlay the exercises on top of the images. Beautiful! Thanks for the great app!App Store review by Dc67890
I've tried many apps that help me manage my focus. Most of them work for a time, but they require far more interaction than Rest does. Rest sits queitly and unobtrusively in my menu bad and does it's thing without much interaction from me at all. It's the perfect solution for me. The ingenuity shown with the name and icon is a special touch too - just like with a musical rest, it reminds me to pause every so often. The best feature? That it actually takes note of when I am idle and stops it's countdown until I start using my computer again. Bravo!App Store review by fyrfli
Requires OS X 10.8+