|Posted on August 2, 2018 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
The term "Self Care" has become more popular than ever lately, but what does it actually mean? Some people may think of it as pampering oneself, because self care seems to have been glorifed all over social media as this glamorous routine of bubble baths and facials. While your self care routine can include these things (mine defintely includes nightly bubble baths!), it's not the true meaning of self care. The meaning is very true to the name, self care is taking care of yourself. Your ENTIRE self. This means your physical being, your spiritual being, and mental being. Inside and out. Having a self care plan is crucial and necessary in order for us to live our lives to our full potential. It's crucial for thriving to the best of our abilities.
Many people do not realize that a self care routine can be right at their fingertips, in their phones! While I want to stress that self care outside of technology is ideal, making use of self care apps can be a healthier alternative to let's say... social media? I decided to make a healthy switch lately of deleting some of the social media apps I often use and replacing them with some apps that are dedicated to self care. This keeps me grounded and on track with my self care routine. I give myself some self care love every single day in one form or another. As much as I'd love to workout every night, sometimes it just doesn't happen. Sometimes I just want to lay in bed after a long day, and there it where my self care apps come in handy. So what are some good apps that are dedicated to giving yourself.. care? I made a list of my favorite 5 below.
The "Calm" app is the #1 meditation app. It helps the user to master the art of meditation and to simply be calm. Users of the app have reported seeing a decrease in anxiety, depression and an increase in overall happiness. Meditation is great for the mind and overall wellbeing. When I first started meditation I noticed a tremendous shift in my attitude and mindset. It is now apart of my daily routine. The calm app can help you if you are a beginner, or if you are a pro. There is something for everyone.
2. Better Me
The Better Me app is an app dedicated to customized do it yourself workout routines. When you first begin you will enter your stats such as your body weight, gender, and areas you would like to target. The app then creates customized challenges and workouts for you based on wha you are wanting to achieve. Workout right in the comfort of your own home whenever you don't feel like going to the gym. It's worth it!
3. Sanity & Self
Amazing app that targets self care for women. You are able to choose from many different sessions including sessions for sleep, morning motivation, meditation, fitness and so much more. I listen to different audio sessions on this app before bed and it really sets the tone for the next morning.
4. Grateful: A gratitude journal
A gratitude journal on your phone! This make it easier for you to record each day the things you are grateful for. One of the exercises I stress the most to my clients is writing down what you are grateful for every single day. Now, you can do that with this app. You can even set reminders so that you never forget to use it! The app will ask you different questions such as "What made you laugh today?" or "What made you smile today?"... You can even include pictures. It has been proven that expressing gratitude each day leads to a happier life and a healthier mind.
Yes, Youtube. I am sure you've used it before, but Youtube is one of the best apps to use for self care. Why? Well, for one it's free and you have access to all these amazing self help videos. I love using Youtube for meditation videos as well as Yoga practice videos. There are so many options to explore for whatever you are looking for. Healthy recipes, mindfulness videos, motivational speeches and so much more. Take advantage of all self care videos you possibly can!
Love & Light,