While it’s all fun and games seeing endless memes about packed gyms during the first week of the year, building good habits early into the new year can go a long way in helping you achieve your new year's resolutions.
There are obviously many different perspectives about what people define ‘self-care’ to be. The key thing to remember is that it’s a process that involves investing time in your overall wellbeing.
Whether it’s daily meditation, reducing your mobile screen time, tracking fitness goals, or implementing a better sleeping routine, self-care is whatever makes you feel at peace and helps you become a better version of your current self.
While you could indeed argue that disconnecting from our phones has become one of the more important aspects of self-care, our beloved mobile devices also provide practical ways to monitor and achieve the goals we set for ourselves at the start of a new year.
To help inspire your self-care journey in 2021, we've rounded up our favourite self-care apps for iOS and Android.
Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
Led by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, Headspace offers guided meditation and is a great option for meditation novices looking to establish a new self-care routine.
Besides offering simple how-to instructions, each meditation teaches breathing and body-awareness exercises. The premise is to take at least ten minutes a day to listen in and clear your mind.
From meditations that assist with stress and anxiety to concentration-boosting exercises, Headspace has a huge range of guided exercises and since 2012 has continued to set the bar in terms of high-quality meditation apps.
Aloe Bud is an easy to use app which is all about providing you with meaningful reminders throughout the day. The app gently brings awareness to self-care activities, using encouraging push notifications.
Whether it’s a notification to drink more water, a reminder to check in with your mates, or get some fresh air, the app is driven from reminders you set yourself and offers a refreshing change from the usual notifications we often receive on our phones.
- Available on iOS