We’re not ragging on college life or anything (honestly, we think it’s the best), but it’s way too easy getting caught up in all the excitement and neglecting some of your own needs. One thing you do always have time for? Your phone. That’s why we rounded up some apps that’ll help you keep self care at the top of mind.
You always hear how beneficial daily meditation is, but it’s not always easy getting a firm grasp on the practice. This app makes meditation simple by offering easy-to-follow guided meditations that fit into any schedule, as well as different breathing practices and relaxing music for quick stress relief.
Another meditation app, Headspace offers no-frills guidance on mindfulness practices for sleep, focus and more. We’re big fans of the 2-3 minute mini meditations that offer a quick mental reset on your busiest days.
Download: App Store
3. Strides Habit Tracker
We all want to adopt more healthy habits into our daily lives, but sticking to these lifestyle changes is a challenge in itself. From drinking more water to getting enough sleep, this app is like a friendly sidekick that holds you accountable for these positive changes and motivates you to stay on track.
Exercise and diet are both essential parts of self care, and this app tackles both. With the largest food database of any app, you can log your food choices, count calories and nutrients, and gain insights on how to make healthier eating decisions. As for exercise? The app tracks your steps and lets you log your daily workouts.
5. Grateful: A Gratitude Journal
This app was created based off of research from Harvard Medical School that shows the link between gratitude and improved health and emotions. By posting daily journal entries in the app, you’ll practice gratitude daily and get the pick-me-up you need whenever you’re having a rough day.
Take control of your emotional well-being with this app developed by leading scientists and experts in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. Happify offers exercises and games focused on improving negative thoughts, combating stress, building self-confidence, and more.
Gym-timidation is no longer an excuse — Sworkit offers an easy solution to fitness with guided workouts for any schedule, and plans personalized just for you.
8. Relax Melodies
Sleep is so important when it comes to self care, but it’s also hard to come by a good night of rest when you’re living the college lifestyle. This app offers a multitude of relaxing sounds and meditations aimed at quieting the mind, so you can get that deep, restful sleep you need.