Everybody has a different way of practicing self-care. For some, grabbing a treat from Glee Donuts & Burgers and having a picnic in Harry Dotson Park is just what they need to help clear their head and find some peace. Others may practice self-care by visiting with family and friends. Whatever your method, consider boosting your mental fitness by incorporating these four mobile apps into your self-care regimen:
1. Center yourself with Headspace.
Life can get pretty harried. When we get overwhelmed, it’s easy to zone out and scroll through social media. Rather than view one more meme, why not take three minutes to clear your mind and calm your spirit? Headspace is the premier mental health and meditation app on the market. They feature guided meditations that start at just one minute. Users can choose a focus depending on their needs at the moment. From waking up and winding down, to calming anxiety, Headspace is sure to have something for every need. Give it a try for free.
2. Practice great yoga anywhere with Down Dog.
Yoga is a wonderful way to align your physical and mental fitness. According to Harvard Health, the scientific study of yoga has shown that “mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent.” Down Dog offers both free content as well as in-app purchases. Users of all skill levels will enjoy their customizable yoga practices with guided videos and a variety of calming background audio tracks. From simple chair yoga you can perform at your desk to full-on workouts, Down Dog has you covered.
3. Balance what you eat and do with myfitnesspal.
As noted above, your mental and physical health are inseparably tied together. This includes both your physical activity as well and the food that you consume. If you’re looking for a great place to keep track of both fitness and nutrition in one place, then check out myfitnesspal. This app gives you an easy way to track the nutrients you consume and to make sure your diet is in balance. It also includes excellent features to help you keep on track with your exercise routines.
4. Share with others using OLIO.
Humans are social creatures. As HelpGuide puts it, “Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person.” OLIO is an app with a mission that can help you do just that. It allows users to connect with the community around them to share food and other household items with neighbors for free. Items that may be taking up space in your pantry could be a tremendous blessing to others in need. Don’t let unwanted food go to waste. Instead, share it with somebody that can put it to good use!
Your mental fitness is important; prioritize it! If you’re struggling to find ways to focus on improving your mental health, give one of these four apps a try. Whether you’re meditating with Headspace, practicing yoga with Down Dog, working on your diet/exercise with myfitnesspal, or sharing with your neighbors via OLIO, you’re sure to see improvement in your overall sense of well-being and happiness.