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Mental health Monday: 3 apps that keep me sane

Hello again! I thought today I’d give you a run down of how I use apps to keep me from flipping my lid on a day to day basis. Some of these I use every day, others I only use occasionally but I like knowing they are there if I need them.

First up:

Simple Habit

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Simple Habit is a meditation app. I love this app because I like to think of it as meditation for normal folks. There’s not a lot of woo-woo going on here (maybe a teensy bit, but that’s all). The meditations are short – anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes depending on how much time you want to spend, and although you can sign up for a paid account, there is plenty of free content to keep you occupied for quite a while. Why meditate? Here ya go:

Benefits of Meditation

And like Simple Habit says, “it’s a daily vacation for your mind.” I don’t know about you, but I need all the vacation time I can get. Available for Android and iOS.

Next up, You Need A Budget (YNAB)

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Late last year I decided that I was finally ready to take control of my money and stop living in a scarcity mentality. Oddly enough, getting a budget has increased my peace of mind exponentially. But this budget app is different than any stale, boring, old-fogey budget – this budget has a sense of humor and a laid back style that makes it attractive to someone like me. There are 4 rules to YNAB: 1) Give every dollar a job, 2) Embrace your true expenses, 3) Roll with the punches, and 4) Age your money. I’m still learning to work with all the steps but this has been so helpful to me. It actually helped me set up a category for my daughter’s cheer fees, so that when it came time to pay the $300 fee, I had the money ready to go and could write the check with no anxiety. That’s a major win for me! YNAB offers a 34 day free trial, live online classes, and personal support. I’ve been really happy with them so far. I might do a post just for this sometime in the future. Available for Android and iOS.

Lastly, how about a game?

hue

This is a puzzle game in which you have to rearrange colored squares into their proper hue-order. It’s actually much more relaxing than it sounds, but it can be somewhat challenging. What I love most is the dopamine hit I get when I finally solve a puzzle and feel like super smart person. I’m not a huge game player, but sometimes I just need something simple to focus on when I have some downtime, or when I’m stuck in a gym watching volleyball for 10 hours, or when I’m waiting to board a flight. In a world of multitasking, sometimes it just feels good to focus on one single thing.

 

What apps do you find are essential for your sanity? Have you used any of the apps I mentioned? I’m always on the lookout for fun apps, so share in the comments some of your favorites!

 

 

Challenge of the Day – Day 21

So my last post (not the Day 20 challenge, the other one) was a little harsh. I harshed on myself (1990 called, they want their catch phrase back) and now that I’ve had a little time to think about it, I actually HAVE learned a few things in these past 365 days, and because I loves me some bullet points, I shall put all my thoughts into bullet-point order:

• I eat less. It’s true – I have learned to be satisfied with less food. I rarely eat to the point of being overstuffed anymore (notice I didn’t say “never”).

• I can recognize when I am feeling snacky and when I am truly hungry. A lot of times I can stop myself when I am being snacky and I can analyze what is really going on (usually it has to do with being bored or wanting to postpone some lovely activity like laundry or mopping).

• I know the value of regular exercise, and it has little to do with losing weight. For me, exercise calms my mind, gives me energy, and boosts my self esteem. When I don’t exercise regularly, my mood darkens and I feel zapped (as evidenced by my last post). Sometimes I forget just much it affects me and I slack off, but I’m working on reminding myself of how much my mind and body really does (really do? what is the correct grammar here?) need it.

• I have discovered that what I really love most about the diet pills is more for what it does for my head than what it does for my body. It quiets the “crazy food thoughts”. I don’t think about food ALL. THE. TIME. when I’m on the pills, but I don’t think that taking the pills forever would be a very smart thing either, so I have to figure out a way to quiet those thoughts without chemical stimulation.

I’m sure I’ve learned more, but it’s that last bullet point that is going to be the focus of my challenge for today. Every hour until 4pm today, I am going to take one minute and meditate (after 4pm, I’ll be at home and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to a quiet spot!). I am going to close my eyes and pray that no one walks into my office to disturb my 60 seconds of stillness. I have been feeling like a lot of thoughts are tumbling around in my brain like clothes in a dryer, and so I need to do something to calm them down. I hope this works – I’ll let you know.

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