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Published Monday Jan 13, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Add These 7 Self-Care Apps to Your 2020 Wellness Routine

Yoga
Fitness
Meditation
Personal Growth

While our busy schedules don’t always allow for that daily yoga class we really need, we can’t forget to make our wellness a priority. Turns out, there’s an app for pretty much everything these days – meditation, mindfulness, and self-care, oh my. 

Whether it’s looking up healthy dinner recipes or streaming the perfect playlist for your morning run, our phones play a big part in our daily wellness. Here are some of our favorite apps to help you stay on track and lead a happier, healthier life. 

FOR A PICK-ME-UP

Shine 

Looking for some extra inspiration? Shine is the self-care app for you. With daily motivational texts that hype up your morning and a vast selection of self-improvement audio, it can help you to de-stress, lower anxiety, and feel good overall. (I have the app and these texts put a smile on my face before my dreaded daily commute). The app even has the Shine Challenge, a seven-day audio series that gets you deeper into a selected self-care topic. While the Daily Shine texts are free, a subscription to Mindful Moments costs $9.99/month. 

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FOR A PICK-ME-UP

Shine 

Looking for some extra inspiration? Shine is the self-care app for you. With daily motivational texts that hype up your morning and a vast selection of self-improvement audio, it can help you to de-stress, lower anxiety, and feel good overall. (I have the app and these texts put a smile on my face before my dreaded daily commute). The app even has the Shine Challenge, a seven-day audio series that gets you deeper into a selected self-care topic. While the Daily Shine texts are free, a subscription to Mindful Moments costs $9.99/month. 

FOR YOUR SAVASANA

MINDBODY 

It can be challenging to find time for ourselves on a busy schedule, but our MINDBODY app makes it easy to book what you love. Whether you’re in your neighborhood or traveling for work, book a fitness class or treat yourself to a manicure or massage in seconds. You deserve it, and now it’s simple to explore your self-care. 

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FOR YOUR SAVASANA

MINDBODY 

It can be challenging to find time for ourselves on a busy schedule, but our MINDBODY app makes it easy to book what you love. Whether you’re in your neighborhood or traveling for work, book a fitness class or treat yourself to a manicure or massage in seconds. You deserve it, and now it’s simple to explore your self-care. 

FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mend 

If you’re looking to heal your heart, Mend is an app that makes sure all those newly-single souls aren’t alone. With a self-care program, the app gives you day-by-day guidance while providing progress tracking, in-app journaling, and audio trainings from mental health and wellness experts. It may not be your favorite pint of Halo Top, but Mend gives you the emotional support you need to move on, mentally. 

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FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mend 

If you’re looking to heal your heart, Mend is an app that makes sure all those newly-single souls aren’t alone. With a self-care program, the app gives you day-by-day guidance while providing progress tracking, in-app journaling, and audio trainings from mental health and wellness experts. It may not be your favorite pint of Halo Top, but Mend gives you the emotional support you need to move on, mentally. 

FOR YOUR DAILY ZEN

Headspace

Meditation and mindfulness made simple, Headspace is all about taking ten minutes out of your day to tune in and clear your mind. You can listen to general guided meditations or follow along to more specific ones dealing with topics like sleep or relationships. The app itself is free, but if you want more than a quick calm session, you can subscribe for $12.99/month. I mean, if it’s good enough for Emma Watson, it’s good enough for us

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FOR YOUR DAILY ZEN

Headspace

Meditation and mindfulness made simple, Headspace is all about taking ten minutes out of your day to tune in and clear your mind. You can listen to general guided meditations or follow along to more specific ones dealing with topics like sleep or relationships. The app itself is free, but if you want more than a quick calm session, you can subscribe for $12.99/month. I mean, if it’s good enough for Emma Watson, it’s good enough for us

FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Talkspace

While most people can benefit from therapy, it’s not always accessible to everyone. For those who need a more affordable option, Talkspace is a text-based therapy app for your phone, tablet, or computer. First, it matches you with a licensed therapist, then lets you send them messages – text, voice, photo, or video– at any time throughout the day or night. Unlimited chat therapy starts at $32/week. 

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FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Talkspace

While most people can benefit from therapy, it’s not always accessible to everyone. For those who need a more affordable option, Talkspace is a text-based therapy app for your phone, tablet, or computer. First, it matches you with a licensed therapist, then lets you send them messages – text, voice, photo, or video– at any time throughout the day or night. Unlimited chat therapy starts at $32/week. 

FOR YOUR MEAL PREP

Mealime 

Made for on-the-go eaters, Mealime serves up quick, healthy meals, all under 30 minutes. It builds grocery lists from your recipe selections, which helps you to keep track of your shopping list and make sure no ingredient is left behind. Bonus: you can also add your own personal preferences like if you don’t eat meat, or you really hate mushrooms. 

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FOR YOUR MEAL PREP

Mealime 

Made for on-the-go eaters, Mealime serves up quick, healthy meals, all under 30 minutes. It builds grocery lists from your recipe selections, which helps you to keep track of your shopping list and make sure no ingredient is left behind. Bonus: you can also add your own personal preferences like if you don’t eat meat, or you really hate mushrooms. 

FOR YOUR COMMUTE

SCRIBD 

After a long day at work, that 5pm traffic is exhausting. Distract your mind—and learn something new—with SCRIBD. Search through hundreds of audiobooks, snapshots (handy little summaries of books and audiobooks before you listen), magazines, and even sheet music, if you’re feelin’ musical. If you need some inspiration on which books to tune into, here’s our November picks!

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FOR YOUR COMMUTE

SCRIBD 

After a long day at work, that 5pm traffic is exhausting. Distract your mind—and learn something new—with SCRIBD. Search through hundreds of audiobooks, snapshots (handy little summaries of books and audiobooks before you listen), magazines, and even sheet music, if you’re feelin’ musical. If you need some inspiration on which books to tune into, here’s our November picks!

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
The Latest
Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.