There are so many Apps out there at the moment. I thought I’d share some of my favourites that I have come across or use myself. There’s a range here in the hope that I can inspire a wide variety of people on different stages of their health journeys.
Mindfulness can have such a positive effect on mental well-being (see my blog on Stress & Mindfulness)
Calm is my favourite mindfulness app.
From beginners to those more familiar with mindfulness, Calm has something to offer. The 7 days of Calm is a great introduction to mindfulness meditation. When you need less guidance Calm Light or timed meditation is available. Calm breathe simply tunes you in to your breath.
There’s not only mindful meditation, but sleep stories for adults, to send you off on a deep sleep for the night and a newer element called Calm Body for stretches throughout the day. Calm masterclasses provide podcast like discussions by experts in happiness, wellness and mindful eating, to name a few.
Anyone interested in giving mindfulness meditation a go I thoroughly recommend Calm.
Research shows that the blue light emitted from technological devices can distort our circadian rhythms leading to disturbed sleeping patterns. This is because it causes melatonin, the hormone which regulates our internal sleep-wake cycles, to be suppressed.
Twilight reduces the amount of blue light emitted from your devices either after sunset or at a time you determine. The red filter intensity adapts according to the time of day, so your screen is in tune with your circadian rhythms.
Twilight is a great step to reducing your exposure to blue light and getting more in tune with the circadian rhythms we are governed by. Sleep is a vital component to health and wellbeing. To go one step further, try slowly increasing your tech free time before bed.
One of the reasons I like the my pill app allows you to use tailored pill use, not just the traditional 21/7. You can set up a 24/4 or 21/4 regime with ease (please consult with your doctor before changing to such a pill taking schedule if using the traditional 21/7 method).
The pill app can also be used with vaginal rings or patches.
You can set a daily reminder so your risk of forgetting a pill is minimised, especially with the snooze function to keep reminding you until you take your pill!
Its history tracking function enables you to add notes to track any symptoms, flow or events that could effect contraception efficiency, such a vomiting or diarrhoea.
Another popular aspect of the app is the prediction calender. Once you put your regime you can see clearly several months in advance, knowing when your period/withdrawal bleed is due.
There’s a community to enable you to share concerns or experiences.
This is one is great if you’re a bit forgetful with your pill or want to understand your body better and plan things around your cycle.
Alternative: Clue is also very good. This allows you to track your cycle and a lot of what this encompass – energy, exercise, cravings, flow, discharge. It can also help to open up discussions about women’s health when you connect with friends or partners on the app.
One You Drink Free Days by Public Health England
I don’t actually drink that much alcohol, maybe the odd G&T or cocktail every so often, or a Baileys after a cold forest walk settled by a fire in a pub. I can go a month without drinking or have a couple of drinks one weekend if celebrating with family.
I know this isn’t the story for everyone though. One You Drink Free Days is a free app developed for Public Health England.
It helps you keep track of and better understand you drinking habits.
I think it’s particularly good for those who have a habit of pouring themselves a glass of wine or beer in the evening and, before you realise, haven’t had an alcohol free day in the week.
You can set yourself a pledge to take a certain amount of alcohol free days in a week to improve the chances of doing so.
Features of the app include:
1. Track your units
2. Calculates the amount of calories you are drinking in alcohol. These ‘hidden’ calories can quickly add up and this helps put it into perspective for you.
3. Get reminders and celebrate milestones.
Overall I think it’s a useful app for anyone wanting to understand or reduce their alcohol intake.
I hope this has helped or introduced you to new Apps you think might be useful for you. Let me know if you’d like me to do another blog on health apps.