We all know what a huge distraction our smart phones can be. I confess I have wasted countless hours of my life scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. (OK, maybe it’s not a complete waste — I consider the meme below to be an excellent use of my time. You know what they say, laughter is the best medicine!)
I’m betting for most people reading this, checking your phone is one of the first things you do after you wake up — am I right? I’m definitely guilty of it.
Breaking the phone habit is extremely hard to do. So what if we used our phone to our advantage instead?
There are so many awesome apps out there that can actually become an integral part of your daily self care practice. Here are my top 3 smartphone apps for self development.
Smartphone app #1: Stop, Breathe & Think
This is the first meditation app I ever used. There are so many things I love about it!
Before you start to meditate, you do a “check-in” to rate how you’re feeling both physically and mentally. You can choose up to five feelings, and then the app makes a suggestion for a guided meditation based on this information. There are free meditations for stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, forgiveness, even pregnancy! The meditations are generally between 3 and 7 minutes long, making it easy to fit them into your busy day.
There is also the option to do a simple timed meditation with no guidance. The benefit of this is that the app tracks how often and for how long you’ve meditated, and it even motivates you by awarding you with “stickers” for your progress.
After your meditation, you have the option to check in again and see how the meditation has impacted your mood.
Smartphone app #2: Jiyo
The person responsible for this app is spiritual guru Deepak Chopra. This is usually the first app I open in the morning.
Jiyo includes guided meditations, health tips, short yoga sequences, healthy recipes, and even poetry to reflect on. Selections are organized into “Bits”, and Jiyo suggests different Bits for you to enjoy every day. Regardless of which Bit you choose, it’s a calming way to start your day off, and it only takes a couple of minutes!
I highly recommend Deepak’s readings of Sufi mystic Rumi’s poems to start or end your day. His voice is super relaxing to listen to, and Rumi’s poetry is always beautiful and thought provoking.
Smartphone app #3: #Truthbomb
After I check Jiyo, I load up my daily #truthbomb. The #Truthbomb app was developed by inspirational speaker and bestselling author Danielle Laporte. Each day, the app gives you a short, snappy motivational quote (all of them written by Danielle). Some of my personal favourites are, “love is always the right thing to do”, “let yourself be shattered”, and “transformation begins with the radical acceptance of what is”. I love this app because it starts off my day by giving me something to reflect on, and helping me remember what’s really important.
Using these three apps makes me feel a lot better about my smartphone addiction. I know I’m doing something good for my emotional and spiritual health!
What apps do you use on a regular basis to further your personal or spiritual development? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!