With more than 80 percent of Americans dependent on cell phones, it’s no surprise that for many, it’s the first — and last — thing they interact with each day.
While many argue cell phones are killing face-to-face social interactions and connections, there’s no denying the many upsides of owning a smartphone. They’re a powerful learning tool — allowing you to access a plethora of knowledge at the click of a button — and are instrumental in the event of an emergency; they allow you to communicate with family and friends from around the world and are exceptional organizational tools.
The countless applications available for download on smartphones can also provide a vast supply of resources at the touch of your fingers. From affordable access to mental health care to tips for getting in shape — if you’re looking to make self-care a priority in 2019, here are eight apps you should download ASAP that can help to improve aspects of your overall well-being.
8 Apps That Will Help You Make Self-Care A Priority In 2019
Mental & Emotional Wellness Apps
Thankfully, the ludicrous stigma surrounding mental health is slowly subsiding, and more people are seeking out treatment. Unfortunately, lack of (or poor) insurance coverage and the exorbitant cost of health care has left many unable to get the treatment they so desperately need. Enter BetterHelp, the low-cost therapy and counseling app that connects users with a licensed therapist to help with issues like depression, anxiety, addiction, and grief. Plans start at $40 per week, and if that’s too costly, those that qualify can apply for financial aid. Headspace and Calm (Apple’s 2017 ” App of the Year”) are also terrific apps for supporting mental and emotional wellness by focusing on meditation and relaxation techniques for a happy mind, body, and spirit.
Intellectual Wellness App
Challenging your mind with new activities is incredibly important for allowing your brain to function well — especially as you grow older. Lumosity is a brain training app that helps improve overall cognitive performance, including improved memory and increased focus. With more than 95 million members, a basic membership for Lumosity is free, while a premium subscription starts at around $80 per year.
Environmental Wellness Apps
The environment is one of the least obvious (and most neglected) factors of personal wellness. In order to help keep yourself healthy, it’s important to keep Mother Earth healthy! Help save the planet with free “green” apps like RecycleNation, which maps out recycling facilities nearby, and GoodGuide, which indicates a product’s environmental footprint simply by scanning its barcode.
Occupational Wellness App
Working a mundane 9-to-5 job can be made even more frustrating when you’re living paycheck to paycheck. Make 2019 the year you start — or update! — your LinkedIn account! The free app provides countless networking opportunities and just may help you land your dream job. (Your bank account will thank you later.)
Physical Wellness Apps
Getting — and staying! — fit, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and visiting the doctor on a regular basis are all important components of your overall physical well-being. Thankfully, there are numerous women’s healthcare apps that make getting treatment *way* easier. One such app is Maven Clinic, an affordable virtual clinic that provides women’s and family healthcare services, such as therapists, pediatricians, OB-GYNs, and nutritionists with appointments starting at just $18! You can also take a gander at these top fitness and nutritional apps!
Do you use an amazing wellness app that should be on our radar?
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