Saturday, April 21, 2018

10 Great Self Care Apps


I recently started a new series here on my blog, where I'm talking all things mental health and self-care. So far, I've shared my mental health story and I also did a more informative post about seeking help for a mental health problem.  Today I thought I'd share some of the best self-care apps that I've found recently. One thing I've learnt is that even once you've been to your GP, the wait list for treatment can be an extremely difficult time.  This is the period where a good support network is absolutely crucial, but obviously, someone can't be there for you 24/7. There will be times, where you have no choice but to be completely on your own and this is when making good choices is essential. During these times, when it all gets pretty damn hard, I've found these apps to be extremely helpful and I hope some of them may help you too!



Calm Harm

Calm Harm is one of my favourite apps. Its prime focus is self-harm but also works great with anxiety too.  Whenever you feel super anxious or have the urge to harm yourself, Calm Halm has so many great distraction techniques to help you, until the urge subsides. They also have a breathing tool which instructs you inhale and exhale and I find this is great when feeling more anxious than usual.  You can choose between either a five-minute session or a 15-minute session, depending on how bad you're feeling. After every session, they ask you a few questions about how you're feeling (sad, angry etc...) and they then provide you with some really great advice that coincides with your answers. They also provide you with some important contacts, such as the Samaritans; just in case they're needed. 


Reflectly

One of the most important things to do is not bottle up all your emotions inside but sometimes, you just don't want to open up to someone and bother them with your problems. Reflectly is a great app to document all your emotions and how you feel every day. It's like a journal but instead of just one section for text, it asks you questions about your day; what you could do to improve things, how well you're taking care of yourself etc...  I usually use this before sleeping so I can get everything off my mind instead of just overthinking. 


Booster Buddy
Google Play | Apple Store

Booster Buddy gives you daily self-care quests to complete and it also provides some great well-being management tools and some positive quotes. It also reminds you when to take your medication and keeps a note of any doctors appointments you may have booked. I love this app because it has a whole section for your crisis plan; You can write yourself some positive quotes and which coping methods and techniques that you find to really work for you and when the time comes, all of that important information will be there when you need it the most. It also allows you to jot down your nearest hospital and your crisis contacts (such as a friend, a family member and the Samaritans etc..)


Stop, Breathe & Think
Google Play | Apple Store

Stop, Breathe & Think is a meditation and mindfulness app which is great for reducing stress and anxiety. The app is free but there are extra options for a more premium package. They also have an app similar for children and it's the cutest thing I've seen! It's been said to really help with their sleep and I just wish it had been a thing when I was a kid! 



What's Up? - A Mental Health App
Google Play | Apple Store

What's Up? is a really great free app that provides CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) methods to help you cope with issues such as depression, anxiety, anger and stress etc... I find this app really helpful because it has great help for unhealthy thinking patterns and teaches you how to combat them and it also has a healthy and unhealthy habit tracker so if you're trying to cut toxic people or things out of your life, this is great way to track how many days clean you are and you can always state if you've had a relapse. 



Plant Nanny 
Google Play | Apple Store 

If you're someone that struggles with basic self-care when you're feeling low, this is the app for you. You enter all your details and it will tell you how much water you should be drinking a day and then the more water you drink, your little plant will begin to grow. This is a new app to me but definitely something I'm going to start using a lot because I'm so bad at remembering to drink enough water each day.


Aloe Bud

Aloe Bud is the best self-care app that I've found and yet, it's still in its beta period. Just like Plant Nanny, if you're someone that struggles with basic self-care and little reminders would help you, then this is the app for you! The last few years I've neglected self-care a lot and I'm really trying to improve that. Theis app has lots of different options for the reminders you may need like hydrating yourself, taking a bath, eating and even when you need a break from staring at a screen. It may sound silly but these little reminders are helping me so much already! It's currently only available for beta testing on IOS (which you can sign up for) but the full app is said to be due to launch at around April time. It's currently not available on Android but depending on how popular the app becomes, it may become available later on! 


Clue

This app only applies to you if you menstruate, feel free to skip this one if it's not something you'd ever need. Clue is the best period app I've ever used and I've been through a few of them. I have pretty irregular cycles due to my mental health and it's a great way to track each cycle. The app also lets you input lots of information like how you're feeling; what you're craving; when you've been sexually active etc.. and once you've been using it a little while, it'll be able to predict your future cycles and when you're likely to ovulate. It also allows you to keep track if you've taken your contraception pill which I used to find super helpful! It's a really handy app to have and it's a great way of getting to know your body a little better too!


Best Blocker

The internet is a pretty great place but it's also kind of scary and full of triggers too. I'm always consciously making a huge effort to try and avoid my triggers at all costs and have now even installed blockers on both, my laptop and phone. "Best Blocker" has been a pretty great app for this sort of thing. Here you can enter as many URLs as you need to and they'll always be blocked from your device. If this is something that would interest you, I would also recommend this Chrome extension for laptops. This even allows you to block keywords so you can enter all of the things that really trigger you and it really reduces your chances of seeing something that will harm you. For some reason, I can't find the links for this app but there are tons of apps just like this in the app store so I'm sure you'll find something similar! 



MOON

Okay, I'm not sure if this can be classed as a self-care app but I really love it so I wanted to share it with you. This is simply just a moon app that allows you to see lunar phases and has a countdown to things such as the next full moon and the next new moon. It's a pretty simple app but it's great for a few minutes distraction when you need it and it also has a lovely little tool that lets you see what the moon was like on any particular date from the past. I'm extremely nostalgic and love seeing things like this from important dates such as the day you met your significant other or your birthday.

...And that's all 10 apps! I hope you found at least one that might help you. Thank you for reading!

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