Wellness: 22 Apps You’ll Love Pt. I

What’s In Your Phone?

Even before I started my recovery journey in 2016, I have been something of an app ‘collector.’  From meditation apps, nutritional apps, to the surprisingly great apps the Veterans Administration has created–no, you don’t have to be a Veteran to use them, there is no shortage of apps on my phone.

In this 2 part series, I’m going to introduce you to 22 of the best apps, in alphabetical order, that I have found.  Some of the apps are free, others require either a one-time purchase or a monthly subscription.  When it comes to investing in yourself, don’t be cheap! 

Many of the apps are well worth the money.  Whether you are struggling with mental health issues, in the throes of recovery, want to be more present, or just want to better your life, these apps can help in a variety of ways. Especially if you are like me:  introverted to a fault, likes to do things his own way and on his own terms.

24 Hours Free – features all 366 daily meditations from the classic best-selling meditation book for people in recovery from addiction, this app is an ideal companion for helping you keep the stress and anxiety at bay. I have used this app for the section of my blog, titled A.A. Today. Twenty-Four Hours a Day makes it easy to focus on your recovery wherever you are. Practicing the Twelve Steps has never been more accessible.

365 Gratitude – is a science-based gratitude journal that makes self-care fun! Receive a new personal gratitude prompt every day with stories that teach life-changing lessons to deal with difficult emotions, cultivate positivity, self-love and more. Experience lower stress, less anxiety and enhanced well-being with daily exercises, guided meditations and science-based courses. And you are never alone – lean into the expertise of their community with 500,000+ self-care enthusiasts to learn new ways to cultivate optimism.

Calm – An app for meditation and sleep. Join the millions experiencing lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users.

CBT Companion – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be extremely effective in dealing with a host of personal issues, such as Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, OCD, PTSD, to name a few. You can learn and practice CBT skills using video lessons. The lessons and exercises have fun illustrations, making it a bit more enjoyable learning. You can track your progress, with intuitive summaries to gain insights. This app also has over 500 meditations.

Daylio – is a very versatile app, and you can turn it in whatever you need to track. This is one of my favorite apps, as you can do so much with it. Your fitness goal pal. Your mental health coach. Your food log. Your gratitude diary. Mood tracker. Exercise, meditate, eat, and be grateful. Take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. Good self-care is a key to improved mood and reduced anxiety.

Loseit – I got in the best shape of my life using this nutritional powerhouse. It’s is a calorie counter & food diary diet app that helps you stick to your diet and achieve weight loss that fits! Simply download the app, set your goals and track your diet, food and exercises to lose weight. Easily track macro, carb and calorie intake. It has an incredible library of foods, or You can simply scan food labels for easy entry, it has tons of restaurant dietary information. I hate the word diet, but this really does help you gain control of what you eat. Try it for a day, you’ll be shocked how many calories you are really ingesting.

Meditation & Relaxation Music – I’ve had this app on my phone for at least 15-20 years. This app lets you click on various calming and relaxing sounds to create your own tracks. From gongs, to songbirds, to the ocean, I’ve used it hundreds of times to meditate and to fall asleep to. Take a break in your day to relax and breathe. With the meditation timer and reminder, you can time your session and ensure that the music you created stops on its own.

Mindfulness Coach – With audio exercises, a self-guided training program, and resources to support practice, this app helps you to practice mindfulness. The app provides a gradual, self-guided training program designed to help you understand and adopt a simple mindfulness practice. It has a great library of information, goal-setting and tracking, customizable reminders, and access to other support and crisis resources. Best of all, it’s free and doesn’t require add-on purchases.

Moodpath – Do you struggle with some of your thoughts and emotions? Are you looking for ways to improve your emotional well-being? Well, Moodpath is your personalized mental health companion and supports you in phases of stress, depression, and anxiety. Take a break from negative thoughts and overwhelming emotions. You can also receive helpful and supportive insights to understand patterns and triggers. I used Moodpath as a mood tracker and a journal. It helped me to keep close watch over my thought and emotions; we know how things can suddenly go very sideways, right?

My Spiritual Toolkit – is a simple set of tools that make it convenient and easy for you and other members of AA / Alcoholics Anonymous work steps 10 and 11 on a daily basis to keep you from relapsing back into active alcoholism. It’s got a sobriety calendar that you can share, a daily quote from AA literature, a spot check inventory, nightly inventory and a journal to keep you in perpetual growth within Steps 10 and 11.

Got an app that you swear by? Share it with me by commenting on this post, and I will be sure to add it to my next post on 22 Apps I Know You’ll Love Pt. 2

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