The hashtag #selflove has over 37.8 million posts on Instagram. Clearly, self-love is a topic that has never been more relevant. So, if Valentine’s Day was the moment to think about loving others, why not dedicate some time to loving yourself?
Self-love has lots of facets, from physical and mental health through to productivity and relaxation. And there are lots of ways to improve these areas: reading books, spending time in nature, and being with your friends are all proven to be effective.
But tech can also be an important piece of the puzzle.
So, we’ve put together a handy guide to 5 great apps that will help you love yourself, covering wellbeing and relaxation, fitness, productivity and habits, brain performance, and mental health. It’s all the tech you’ll need to take better care of yourself.
Self-love app 1: Wellbeing and relaxation
One of the most important parts of self-love is being able to take a step back from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Sleep, meditation and rest are important for recharging our batteries and staying in balance. And our pick for an app to help you with this is YoursApp. It’s a digital personal assistant that covers sleep, meditation, yoga, physiotherapy and more.
YoursApp has two particularly smart tricks up its sleeve.
Firstly, it is highly personalized. It curates an individual program for you based on your personal needs and habits.
And secondly, it offers very high quality content, thanks to its in-house team of composers and writers. So when you need to unwind or get off to sleep, you can tune in to specially composed music or stories written exactly for that purpose. Plus, the app has a wide community of guest contributors, including psychologists, authors, yoga teachers, and physiotherapists, and there’s even a sprinkle of celebrity stardust too.
Self-love app 2: Fitness
8fit is an absolute marvel of a fitness app, offering you hyper-personalised support across a really wide range of areas.
When you first launch the app, you’ll be asked a ton of questions to determine your body fat percentage and optimal exercise routine. Then can choose from a plethora of guided workout plans and challenges, and take part in live classes. After each session you answer questions, which helps 8fit to continually refine your routine, and the app keeps track of your diet, weight, and even meditation habits.
But arguably 8bit’s crown jewel is the meals tab. It allows for a truly staggering amount of personalization: your type of diet (paleo to vegan and everything in between), your food preferences, the number of meals per day, the level of variety you want, and more. Plus, the app boasts +800 recipes.
Few (if any) other fitness apps available today even come close to this level of dietary customization.
Self-love app 3: Productivity and habits
Our pick for improving your productivity and habits is Habitica. It’s a totally unique solution that has us geeking out big time. And we think you will be too.
In essence, Habitica is a fun RPG (role-playing game) that will egg you on to maintain your chosen habits. It tracks your habits, daily goals and to-do lists. Every time you successfully complete one of these, your stats in the game level up. This enables you to upgrade your avatar, buy better gear, unlock new features (like pets and magic skills), and collect rewards.
But if you fail to practice a habit, your character will take damage and lose some of their abilities and health points.
And the real genius of Habitica kicks in when you team up with other players. Suddenly, a blow to one means a blow to all. Surely you don’t want others to fail a mission or lose a boss fight just because you didn’t keep up with your habits!
Habitica’s colorful layout, engaging concept, and stellar co-op function make picking up new habits and sticking to them a breeze.
Self-love app 4: Brain performance
Boosting your brain performance is another great way to start feeling better about yourself. Those of you “in the know” regarding brain performance won’t be surprised to see Lumosity as our pick. It remains the undisputed heavyweight champion as far as brain training goes! It has been around for 14 years now and boasts over 100 million happy users.
So what makes it so popular?
After selecting the skill(s) you’d like to work on – speed, memory, attention, flexibility, language, math, or problem-solving – and completing an introductory 10-minute test, you’ll be given 3 mini-games each day. There are currently 50+ different games, and each daily session takes around 5 minutes to complete.
Designed by real neuroscientists, Lumosity aims to improve players’ Brain Performance Index (BPI) through regular training and customized progress tracking.
Self love app 5: Mental health
However well you are doing at improving your fitness or boosting your brain function, you can still go through tough patches. Instead of treating these as something to hide or struggle through, it’s important to seek help.
And an app is a great way to do this. They’re convenient, flexible and affordable. Crucially, they are also easier to get started with.
For many, the thought of going in person to meet a therapist is a big hurdle. According to Psychotherapist Sal Raichbach, “only a small percentage of people actively seek professional help for their mental health problems.” Apps make the process effortless, and they offer anonymity too. So, while many psychotherapists still advocate face-to-face sessions, using an app can be a great way to get started.Which app should you choose? Our pick is Talkspace. Firstly, it offers the highest accreditation levels of any therapy app out there. Secondly, it has a lot of flexibility in terms of how you connect with your therapist (video calls, phone, messages) and the type of therapy on offer (therapy, psychiatry, couples therapy and teen therapy).
Whether it’s coping with global pandemics or simply managing the stresses and strains of modern living, there has never been more need for self-love. Fortunately, as this article has shown, there are some fantastic apps out there to support you in caring for yourself and taking your personal growth to infinity and beyond!