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Do Self-Care Apps Really Benefit Your Mental Health?

Do Self-Care Apps Really Benefit Your Mental Health?

Róisín Lynch

Self-care is becoming a popular topic across social media and we are so here for it! It is so important to take time for yourself and prioritise your needs over what others need of you. Take care of yourself so that you can be the best version of you.

Self-care is more than just face masks and cups of tea however, there are a number of different ways to practice self-care. One of those ways is self-care apps. There really is an app for everything! There are a whole host of them available on both the iphone app store and google store on android. While practicing self-care might feel good in the moment, many people aren’t fully aware of just how beneficial self-care is for your mental health, even days and hours after the moment.

Self-care apps are a bit of an underdog in the world of self-care but we hope that it is only a matter of time before people realise their true benefits! If you are looking for a new way to practice a bit of self-care why not give a self-care app a try. Get ready to feel nice and refreshed…

What are self-care apps?

It’s weird to think of our smart phones benefitting us mentally but it is the reality of the life we live now a days. Our whole lives are on our phones. Self-care apps range from meditation apps, apps that act as journals to reflect on your day and express gratitude. There are a large number of them out there, each a little different. Here are our  favourites.

How do apps help our mental health?

Self-care is all about taking time to do things for you to help you relax from the pressures of daily life. It is a way of checking in with yourself to understand how it is you are truly feeling and encourages you to put yourself first in a world where we are constantly working and doing things for other people. Surely you would want to put your phone down when practicing self-care right? Self-care apps are actually a great way of allowing you to pause for a minute and make self-care really accessible, regardless of where you are.

Whether it is listing three things you are grateful for before you go to bed, practicing mediation or setting reminders to do things that benefit your over-all wellbeing, self-care apps pose a lot of positive benefits for your mental health.

Which mental health apps are actually good?

Meditation is a great form of self-care and it couldn’t be easier with the help of headspace. Headspace is a mindfulness app that you can easily use in your day to day life. The guided meditations aim to help you develop tools to focus, breathe, and stay calm, helping you to create balance in your life.

Whether you are looking to reduce stress or get better sleep, using headspace is sure to benefit! A quick and easy way to incorporate self-care in to your daily life.

Life in the 21st century is pretty busy, but the calm app is a great way to unwind and give yourself a few minutes just for you. The app offers hundreds of meditations on topics such as anxiety, sleep, forgiveness, stress, gratitude, among others.

A great way of improving your mental health is expressing gratitude. Life can be pretty busy and stressful at times but realising all the things, big and small, you have to be grateful for is a great way of lifting your mood and relaxing your mind. Three good things is a journal style app where you write down three good things that happened that day and how they made you feel. A very quick and easy form of self-care that helps you realise the good in everyday and allows you to end your day on a high.

We often get so caught up in life that we forget to take care of ourselves. Aloe bud is an app designed to help you make sure you are taking care of yourself the way you should on a daily basis. The app sends you little nudges throughout the day to remind you to drink water, eat, contact a friends among other things.

This app aims to make you feel good for even the smallest wins rather than creating feelings of guilt.

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Now this is a list I can get on board with! The aim of the app is to get you to procrastinate bad habits and things you don’t want to accomplish in that day. It allows you to create a list of things you won’t do in that day such as order pizza or spend more than an hour on Instagram. It helps you create better daily habits by helping you clear out the bad habits that might be impacting your mental health negatively and slowing down your progression.

If you struggle with sleep, download shleep. The app helps you fall asleep faster and feel more rested when you wake up. You rate your sleep using a questionnaire and teaches you how to sleep better using learning modules.

Daylio is a self-care bullet journal with goals. It can be used as mood diary and happiness tracker but it is incredibly versatile. You can use it according to what it is you are looking to track, be it fitness, gratitude, food, mental health.

Made up of wellness and therapy sessions, daily motivation, guided sleep sessions, and coaching. Simple habit is self-care in your pocket! All the practices are short so very easy to fit in to your busy day and make it easier to make a little bit more time for you!

Have you used self-care apps before?

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