Mindfulness 101 – 5 Self-Care Apps For Helping You Look After Yourself

Incredible apps to download and explore this weekend!

 

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Self-care is something that we could all use more of, but right now, it’s more important than ever. Sure, self-care comes in different shapes or sizes for everyone. It could be popping on your favourite face mask and painting your nails, or spending your Sunday in bed, rewatching your favourite show. But if you want to try something new, or maybe you’re not sure where to start when it comes to self-care, check out these apps and see how you get on. You never know, you might fall in love with a few of them!

Grateful

The Grateful app is basically a virtual gratitude journal, and it’s almost too cute. So much research has shown that being grateful for what you do have, instead of focusing on what you don’t have, leads to so many benefits for you and even for those around you. This app was made to show that practicing gratitude can be both easy and fun, and it’s literally only a swipe away to remind you of all those good things in your life when you’re feeling down. There’s both a free and a paid version, so you can check it out for free before you commit to anything. At the moment it’s only available for iOS, but there’s similar apps available like Gratitude, 365 Gratitude and plenty of others.

 

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Audible

There’s nothing better than sitting down with a cup of tea and getting stuck into a book. But if you’re finding it hard to do that right now, or you’re not particularly into reading, Audible is the way to go. You can download and listen to your favourite books, all while just relaxing, exercising, or even cleaning out your wardrobe. Check out the 30-day free trial to see how you get on, and if you like it then there’s different tiers at different prices for a monthly subscription, starting at less than a tenner a month. Ideal for hours and hours of books.\

 

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Headspace

Probably the most well-known app for practicing self-care, and for a good reason too. Meditation has so many benefits, but it can be hard to get the hang of it, so this is where Headspace comes in. Headspace makes meditation easier by teaching you the skills you need for it, to help you feel less stressed, more focused and even sleep better. Try it for just a few minutes every day, and you’ll learn to love it! You can download it for free across all app stores.

 

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Happify

The Happify app is all about focusing on improving your mental health, by overcoming negative thoughts, stress, and life’s challenges. The activities and games on the app can be used anytime, anywhere, so that small steps each day can lead to big changes. It shows you your happiness score, based on science, so you can then work on improving it each and every day.

 

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Calm

Plenty of us have been struggling with sleep even more so lately, if this sounds like you, Calm is your best bet. One of the top apps for sleep and meditation, it results in you experiencing better sleep (always welcome!), lower stress, and less anxiety. Known as the world’s happiest app, it’s been downloaded over 50 million times. That’s a lot of downloads, which is very promising.

 

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