Top 5 apps for health and wellbeing

It’s 2018 and very rare to find someone without their head in their phone. Whether it’s during a daily commute, waiting for a friend to turn up to a coffee date, or even taking a video of our walk through the park, so many of us rely so much on our phones, that we forget to be present in the moment and just take the time to appreciate where we are and who we’re with.

However, our while some apps such as Facebook and Instagram, can make us feel deflated after seeing bodies we wish we had and holidays we wish we were on, there are some incredible apps available to download.

Time to detoxify our phones of all the apps that don’t make us feel as though we worth a million dollars and download our top 5, that will actually add value to your life and better your mood, health, wellbeing and confidence.

1.     Hey Universe –

Hey Universe is one everyone should have on their phone. We all have things that we dislike about ourselves, lack confidence in and stress or worry about. This lovely little app pops up with positive affirmations or your own personalised messages throughout the day. Hey Universe, is a great way to set yourself reminders of that goal and focus you have at the front of your mind. You can personalise your own messages and set times for when you want them to appear on your home screen. Try setting an affirmation for the time you will be doing your makeup in the morning for work. Sitting in front of your mirror and reading your affirmation aloud to yourself, breathing correctly and taking a few moments, is a great way to start the day.

2.     Clue –

One for the ladies. Clue, is a fantastic app for tracking your menstrual cycle. It has tonnes of extra data you can add, so is perfect if you’re trying to fall pregnant and therefor need to keep track of your natural fertility signs. We forget how important it is to keep track of our cycles. The regularity of our periods and other experiences such as pre – period aches and pains can be key in helping us establish if we have any hormone abnormalities. Knowing and understanding our cycles has so many benefits, such as knowing why we may be slightly more emotional or be feeling hungrier than normal. It’s incredibly important to be in tune with our bodies and knowing what they are going through.

3.     Headspace –

Headspace has grown in popularity over the past year and is still raved about by so many. Whether you’re trying to get into or into meditation, Headspace is an incredible guide to help you. Headspace ‘Take 10’ programme is free, and is one of the best apps which helps to boost your mindfulness and rise above digital distractions. Headspace consists of a series of words and animations that help to train your brain to be more mindful. This app has been praised for helping people sleep better, by simply taking ten minutes during your busy day for yourself.

4.     FoodSwitch –

FoodSwitch allows you to use your phone’s camera to scan food packages bar codes. The barcode captures tonnes of data about the food and shows your what’s hidden in what you’re eating. Going a step further, FoodSwitch, then suggests healthier alternatives of similar products to what you’re eating or about to purchase.

5.     Sworkit –

This simple, effective and tailor-made workout app has been rated number 1 by the American College of Sports Medicine.  By entering your personal data, you can select your motives and goals to make your workout count. The dashboard, features numerous exercises for strength, cardio, yoga and stretching, all demonstrated by your virtual coach. No matter your fitness level or goal, this app is completely bespoke to what you want to achieve and can also note down any medical issues or injuries to include or miss out specific exercises.