Written by Natasha Wren • Published 24th June 2020 • 3 minute read

In a world dominated by coronavirus, lockdown and a perpetually draining news cycle, our usual approach to self-care in the form of yin-yoga classes, a trip to the sauna and biweekly therapy sessions have been disrupted so our mission towards long-term wellness feels further from reach.

While turning to your smartphone to restore your sense of calm during this challenging time seems an odd approach, a number of innovative apps are available to provide a holistic wellness overhaul. Self-care is unique to us all but here are four platforms to plug into to supercharge yourself wherever you are.

Aura

A one-stop shop for science-backed, mindfulness exercises that range from daily meditation to life coaching, bedtime stories and soothing music. Its daily mood tracker is particularly beneficial, enabling you to gauge a better sense of your emotions through reviewing patterns and triggers. Through the use of AI, Aura personalizes exercises based on your mood in order to ensure you are best set up to carry out some much needed introspection to prepare you for the rest of your day.

 

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Shine

A lot of us are missing compliments from our peers and colleagues, meaning we’ve got to give ourselves an added confidence boost. Shine is one such app that can bolster your mornings with a ‘Daily Shine’ motivational message combined with a mindfulness meditation focused on improving your mental health. The app approaches self-care by being your cheerleader, asking you questions daily to make sure you’re integrating positive reinforcements in to your busy day. Its online community is an added bonus, allowing others to share with you their personal methods for self-care and open, safe discussions around mental health.

Reflectly

Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus all shared one habit to propel their mental functioning: journaling. Journaling helps clarify the mind, providing important time to engage with oneself and keep track of thoughts over time. Reflectly is a perfect solution for many of us who don’t leave enough time for pen and paper introspection, instead providing an easy to use journal to access using any smartphone. Asking easy and productive questions, the app helps to create opportunities to reflect on the ups and downs of each day while offering useful counters to any negative thoughts you should be experiencing.

Thrive

Thrive’s NHS-approved digital mental health solution uses clinically effective tools to track your mood and teaches you methods to take control of stress, anxiety and mental health related conditions. Thrive works well as a day-to-day lifestyle app to help you live a happier, more stress-free life, whilst also having the capability to support and intervene if it detects risks of certain conditions. Thrive runs a series of webinars covering topics such as stress, anxiety, coping with remote working, dealing with life-changes and isolation to help thousands of employees during these unsettling times.

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