I don't think it would come as any shock that we're huge fans of pen and paper over here. It's raw, intimate, and deliberate. We want success to be as simple as possible, and a physical journal makes a great accountability partner.
However, that doesn't mean that we've ditched our phones for tin-cans or started living off the grid. Ultimately, the more tools that are working together towards your success, the better, and there are several apps that can help you live a bit healthier day by day.
What makes a good app?
The health industry is chaotic, to say the least. We're constantly bombarded with new diets, superfoods, workouts, etc..., and the app store is no different.
When it comes to health and wellness, our mission is simple: Simplify, simplify, simplify. That means removing anything that adds to the noise, and only adding apps that improve your daily life.
That being said, here are a few of our favorites:
For an extremely accessible introduction to meditation, try Headspace
Headspace is a guided meditation app that can teach even skeptics the benefits of taking a few minutes to be mindful every day. It bills itself as a personal trainer for the mind and offers general guided meditations plus ones that are specifically for things like sleep, work performance, grief, creativity, and relationships.
Try a 10-day trial for free for iOS and Android.
If your late night electronic usage is interfering with your sleep, try F.lux
Computer displays produce bright blue light which can strain your eyes late at night and interfere with your sleeping cycle. Screen Shader is designed to tint your screen a “cozy” orange color to reduce eye-strain, eye fatigue, and restore day/night balance, while also providing a wide variety of settings for everyone's different tastes.
Get it here. Also consider using Night Shift on iOs and Night Mode for Android.
If your phone is a source of distractions, check out Freedom
Freedom is the app and website blocker for Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS. Use it to block distractions so you can get your work done and spend your time more mindfully. Block your biggest time-wasting apps, and set a schedule for productivity.
Get it free for iOs and Android.
To add some movement into your day, consider Posture Minder
If you're anything like me, you spend a large portion of your day working from your computer, and unfortunately, this can be detrimental to our health over long periods of time. Posture Minder adds encouraging reminders to stretch, fix your posture throughout the day, and get some steps in every few hours. The scheduling is completely up to you.
Get in on Google Chrome.
Need an adorable reminder to Hydrate? Check out Plant Nanny
This adorable little app uses a cartoon plant to encourage you to drink water throughout the day. Set your water intake goal for the day, and then help your little plant grow by drinking.
Get it for free for iOs and Android.
Discovering beneficial apps can be just as helpful as deleting those that aren't. And honestly, one of the best things I've done for my mental health lately was a digital purge. Cleaning out my phone's closet, so to speak.
This started with removing any apps that I hadn't used in the last 6 months and finished with me deleting all my social media apps.
As I said, I'm not ready to go off the grid yet. I still have an Instagram. I still browse Pinterest. I just do those things from my computer now. It's cut down on the time I've spent on social media, and helped me to be more mindful throughout my day.
These improvements aren't anything major, but they're the type of small steps that we like to focus on. Over time, these small improvements lead to some pretty incredible results.
So what about you? Is your phone helping to create a healthier you, or is it more of a distraction?