As a college student, tasks and schedules can quickly add up, producing anxiety and stress with no time for self-care or improvement. However, these are important parts of our health that can be damaging to neglect.
There are ways to use technology to help you reach your goals and to become the best version of yourself. Whether you are trying to establish new healthy habits or relieve unhealthy stress in your life, these smartphone apps will help you to be more mindful and take small steps toward self-improvement.
Apps for Mindfulness
First of all, watch this TED talk where mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of not doing anything at all for 10 minutes. Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.
This talk should help you to understand what mindfulness is and the purpose that meditation and mindfulness can have in your life. Also, these two apps can help with mindfulness and prepare you for your daily meditation time.
Headspace wants to help you approach meditation in a new way, to develop a cultural shift and harness the power of mindfulness to make you more focused and more productive. And guess what? It encourages you to take just 10 minutes a day, just like the TED talk recommends.
This simple mindfulness and meditation app helps you introduce meditation into your life and develop a habit of mindfulness. Bring more clarity, joy and peace of mind into your work or home life with intentional moments of self-care.
Apps for Self-Improvement
Coach.me Habit Tracker
This app is your own personal, pocket-sized accountability partner. Want to exercise every day? or simply floss your teeth more? This app makes it easier for you to be able to stay consistent and track progress towards personal goals. It is difficult to see tangible improvement upon what you’ve never measured. This app lets you set targets and reminders for how many times you want to do your habit each week to hold yourself responsible.
An app for the pessimist in all of us to turn that frown upside down. This app coaches you to record small moments that you are grateful for throughout your day. You can share pictures, quotes and moments from your daily life that make you feel happy. These collected moments will shift your mindset, and you will begin finding the good first instead of seeing what didn’t go as planned. Use this app to develop an increasingly grateful attitude for whatever life throws your way.
All of these apps were created to help you take care of yourself in the midst of this busy world where you are pulled in many different directions. Take some time to focus on yourself and use one (or more!) of these apps to help you do that.