My favourite eight self-care apps

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As much as sometimes I loathe how reliant I am on my smartphone, I have to admit it has a lot of benefits too {just as long as you have control of it and it doesn’t control you}. There are so many apps available now, that can help you with just about every single area of your life! I thought I’d share with you my favourites right now…

Flow – daily moments

Flow is one of my favourite magazines, and their app is just as beautiful and inspiring. In the app, they share beautiful quotes, insights and simple and handy tips. 365 cards to make you feel connected, simplify your life, live mindfully or spoil yourself. You can start any day of the year, save your favourites and share them on your social media. I love opening the app up first thing in the morning to see what that day’s card says, it’s a wonderful way to start my day.

Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness

I’ve been using this personal training app for the past 5 weeks, and I love it. It is HARD… really hard, but it’s a fantastic programme and really motivating. While I’ve been working out for the past year, I’d just been doing my own thing, so I decided it was time to start a proper workout routine, created by someone who knows what they are doing! I’m using the #BBG programme which is home-based, and needs minimal space and equipment.

Happify

This was recommended to me last year by a friend, and I’ve used it on and off since then. Happiness uses games and activities for emotional support and happiness. Each track is science-based to help train your thoughts into positive ones, and reduce stress and anxiety. The tracks range from guided meditation to writing exercises. You can also see your “skills” – Savor, Thank, Aspire, Give, and Empathize. As you do the activities, those status bars begin to fill up. The app is really user-friendly and extremely innovative for online, personal mental health support.

Headspace

A mediation app, I found this really useful this time last year when I just couldn’t switch off the anxiety. If you’ve never meditated before, Headspace will guide you through it – they even have mini sessions from 1-3 minutes if you’re busy or you can’t manage a longer meditation.

Trello

I discovered Trello last summer, and it has been a life changer! It’s an organisational app, that lets you create boards for anything you like. It synces between the app on my phone and the site on my desktop, I use it to plan out our homeschool year, to plan my blog and also to keep a general to-do list. I love that I can use it on my phone and laptop, it means I always have access to the plans I need and can add notes to them as I think of them – it also is far easier than searching for loose bit s of paper or the right page in a notebook!!

Fitbit

I love my Fitbit – it’s great seeing just how many steps I do, even on a day at home!! The app also tracks other things – I mainly use it for the sleep tracker and the water tracker. I have it set up to remind me to get ready for bed at half past ten {though I’m usually already in bed by then!}, it tracks the time you went to sleep, woke up, and also how many times you were awake or restless through the night. The water tracker is my favourite feature. I find I easily forget to drink enough pure H2O through the day – but using the tracker on here makes me more likely too {as I hate seeing days when I haven’t hit the target haha!}

Period Tracker

Period Tracker logs your dates and calculates the average of your past 3 months’ menstrual cycles to predict the start date of your next period.  It lets you track moods and symptoms too, which is great to see if they match up to different points in your cycle. You can view your current and future period dates, ovulation and fertile days, your moods and your symptoms in a  month-view calendar.  I find it invaluable to track my period info, as I am hopeless at remembering dates and when I’m due!

Kindle

Yes – I prefer actual books, but I would be lost without my kindle app! I used it so much when beastie was a baby, on those long night feeds and early mornings. He needs me to stay with him while he falls asleep, so I usually use that time as reading time, it’s also great if I want to read in bed, as we co-sleep I can’t put the light on or he’d wake up, so having a book on my phone is an easy way to be able to read. I also love that I always have a book on me – perfect for long journeys, when you’re on holiday or if you’re stuck waiting for an appointment!

What are your favourite apps?

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