Downloading and trying different health apps is one of my favourite things to do. When I see there’s a new health app on the App Store I shriek with joy and download it almost instantly. The only problem is most of them suck! I am quite picky when it comes to apps. If it isn’t user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing and useful, it gets a “no” from me and is quickly removed and forgotten.
I have a folder on my phone which stores my favourite health apps that I use on the daily to keep my body (and mind) in tip-top shape:
Headspace: Guided Meditation
Headspace is one of my favourite apps. I came across it a year or two ago but I never really got into it. I recently rediscovered this app and since then I’ve made a point of doing a short guided meditation every day to help me connect with my mind and body. The app allows you to choose between three to twenty minute sessions on a variety of topics like health, happiness, work and much, much more! It’s super easy to use at any time during the day.
Calm is an app my mother recommended during a very stressful time in my life. I struggled with sleep which affected my personal- and professional life. My mom had downloaded the app and after her first session demanded that I download it too. I did what my mother told and did not regret it one bit.
Calm is another meditation and mindfulness app that lets you choose what you’d like to achieve from a selection of goals ranging from improving your focus to increasing your happiness.
I love their soothing bedtime stories and fall asleep much easier when listening to it.
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is an oldie but a goodie. I discovered this app while on a quest to become a gym-junkie. I was following the “If It Fits Your Macros” diet at that time and My Fitness Pal really helped me keep track of how much and what I was eating (and how many macronutrients I was consuming). Even though I don’t follow that style of eating anymore, I still use the app to get a general overview of my eating habits.
I’ve tried many calorie-counting apps and this one remains my favourite.
Tracking your monthly flow can be a hassle but Clue makes it super easy! It also reminds me to take my birth control every day which is super handy since I tend to forget. I like its simplicity and the fact that it gives you interesting information regarding your cycle. It’s the ultimate menstrual encyclopedia… period.
Another fun thing about this app is that you can invite your friends to connect with your calendar and share your cycles #friendgoals.
This is one of my favourite apps! I found this app while looking for something that would help me get back into journaling but with a fun and refreshing twist. Reflectly, it exactly that!
Every day, you add a story and reflect on the day you’ve had, starting with rating your day. The app then prompts you to answer a few questions based on how you’ve rated the day. You can add photos to a story, which is great when something special happens. The app also has audio reflections on things like dreams, love, health, productivity and more.
It’s a really cute app and the best part is you can go through all the stories you’ve made in the past and really get a sense of our life in general (with stats too). I like to mark days that were really meaningful as favourites so I can go through them when I’m having a bad day. I like looking back at the answers I gave a year ago to questions like “What made you smile” and “what were the three best things that happened today”. In the moment while answering the questions it might feel a little bit insignificant, but looking back at it makes me feel happy and nostalgic.
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