Apps are always changing and improving – so here are my favourite 5 for the summer of 2016 to help you optimize your wellness. Swing by in the Fall for another 5 to make taking care of yourself easy!
For the anxious and stressed:
Head Space – meditation made simple, quick and focused on areas of health that matter specifically to you. The app also includes a “guided recovery process” to help regroup from any “mini meltdown” experienced. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this app – download it!
For overall health promotion:
Waterlogged- You’re not drinking enough water? Keep hydrated this summer. To calculate your minimum water intake use the following equation.
Your weight in LBS x 2/3 = oz of water to drink per day (divide by 8 to get the number of cups)
For decreasing chemical load:
Think Dirty- allows you to check the chemical toxicity level of any cosmetics, shampoos and other products by scanning their barcode – great to double check your sunscreen choice! Chemicals load has been shown to contribute to infertility, increased wrinkles, brain fog and fatigue along with other common ailments.
For better sleep:
Long Deep Breathing – is a simple, no frills app that promotes the practice of deep breathing for better health and battling insomnia.
Using what’s essentially a breath gauge, you simply follow the visual cues for inhaling and exhaling. You can adjust the length of each breath and eventually increase the duration. According to the app, the average person breathes about 12-16 times each minute. By practicing and working that number down, you will reap the benefits and calm the mind. Good information about the benefits of breathing is also included in the app – this includes weight loss!
For the mommies-to-be:
What to Expect – an app that is a personalized daily tracker which allows parents to be to track development of their baby day-by-day and week-by-week based on their due date. This includes fruit size equivalents to add excitement even before being able to feel any kicks!
Originally posted on DrKateMcLaird.com.