Apps to aid with self-care

Sunset.One of my goals for 2017 was to concentrate more on self-care. Here are some apps I’ve used or had recommended to me to help with both physical and mental health. If you have any apps you’d recommend, please share in the comments!

Calm — I recently started trying to meditate with this free app. I can’t say too much about it yet, but so far it has helped with my anxiety. The backgrounds, complete with sound effects like a crackling fireplace, rain on leaves, waterfalls, and more, are hypnotic to watch. And the free “sleep story” I listened to yesterday, while far from the next Great American Novel, did help me relax and fall asleep faster than I usually do.

Headspace — I haven’t tried this mediation app yet, but I’ve heard good things about it. If Calm doesn’t work out for me, I plan to give Headspace a try.

Couch to 5K — Everyone I know who’s used this app has loved it. It builds up your endurance slowly, so even if you haven’t run before, by the end of the program you should be able to run a 5K.

MyFitnessPal — If you’re trying to lose or manage your weight, the free calorie counter that comes with this app is a great help. While I haven’t tried this app myself, it comes highly recommended by a few friends.

OverDrive, Hoopla, and Podbean — I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the apps I use to listen to audiobooks and podcasts, which have gotten me through so many anxiety days. When I’m so stuck in my own head even reading print books or articles is a struggle, audio can get me through.

What apps would you recommend for physical and/or mental self-care?

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