The hustle and bustle of the holidays can often leave little time to recuperate before returning to your daily routine to start a new year. Along with resolutions like getting in better shape and starting new hobbies, many people hope to focus on better self care.
Check out these apps to help you put your mental and physical health first in 2019.
1. Aloe Bud
Aloe Bud (download for iOS) is an easy way to make sure you're taking care of yourself every day. The app sends gentle nudges throughout the day, reminding you to drink water, eat, reach out to friends and more. Instead of guilting the user if they aren't doing well, Aloe Bud encourages users to celebrate even the small victories.
The Shleep app (download for iOS or Android) is a helpful app if you're hoping to fall asleep faster and feel more rested when you wake up. Shleep rates how well you're sleeping with a questionnaire and teaches you how to sleep better through learning modules. Depending on your sleeping habits, Shleep will prioritize certain modules over others.
The ToDon't app (download for iOS or Chrome) might sound like the opposite of how you want 2019 to be, but hear me out. The app works on getting you to procrastinate bad habits or what you don't want to accomplish that day. ToDon't could potentially help you avoid bad choices, like checking social media less or not letting laundry pile up.
If you're hoping to cut back on drinking or be sober in 2019, it's important to find a like-minded community. Loosid (download for iOS) is a digital sober community, providing support to members and celebrating the choice of sobriety. The app links up users with friend groups, dating options and sober events.
Quitting smoking is one of the most challenging habits to break. SmokeFree (download for Android) can help you quit cold-turkey or cut back slowly. The app offers users motivational phrases, tips, time elapsed without cigarettes and a chart of money saved. In addition, users can set incentives for themselves, like with the cash saved from not buying cigarettes they'll get a new smartphone.
Whether you live with anxiety or just have a very busy day, Calm (download for iOS or Android) can help you find a few moments in the day to feel peaceful. The app offers hundreds of meditations on topics like anxiety, stress, sleeping, forgiveness, gratitude and more. The sessions range from three to 25 minutes long. The app has a seven day free trial and then costs either $60 per year or a one-time $300 payment.
Playing games is the way a lot of people distract themselves or wind down from a long day. Lumosity (download for iOS or Android) lets you play games, learn and improve your mind all at once. The app includes puzzles, memory games, logic problems, meditation techniques and more. As you play, you can track your progress while learning your strengths, weaknesses, and cognitive patterns.
The Anxietyhelper app (download for iOS) teaches you about anxiety and panic attacks so you can better understand what's happening in your body. You'll learn signs and symptoms, coping methods and treatment options. If you're actively having an attack, there's a panic alert function to notify a trusted person to help guide you through the episode.
Keeping a journal is one of the best ways to see how much you've changed and accomplished over time. Getting your thoughts and feelings on paper is also therapeutic. There are dozens of journal apps available, so it's all about finding one that best suits your needs. The Day One app (download for iOS or Android) just had a big update in August. You can also use the stock notes app on your smartphone.
10. Stretch Timer
You don't have to commit to a vast amount of exercise to make a change in your life. Developing a habit of stretching at least once a day can make a big difference. It's also doable for most people with physical limitations or injuries. The Stretch Timer app (download for iOS or Android) is an easy way to keep track of repetitions and time while listening to calm music.
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