The key to self-improvement doesn’t need to be a huge game-changer that turns you into a human machine. The key can be to make those little changes to your health and wellbeing.
Those tiny victories that make you feel like a good person. There are so many ways to change your health and wellbeing and for that I don’t want to preach to you about any state-of-the-art techniques or new products to change your life.
I just want to share with you three apps that I have been using that have helped me create a few new habits to feel better in myself.
A few weeks ago I wrote about 3 things that got me back into meditation and writing. My final point was a kick up the arse which led me to this app. It is a great start for self-improvement as all it asks you to do is tell your personal assistant, Youper, how you are a feeling and what makes you feel that way. It’s not necessarily an awe inspiring act to think about how you are feeling and why – it’s been a constant for thousands of years – but it has helped me to track my moods daily and learn the patterns of what makes me feel a certain way.
It’s a short conversation with an ‘artificial intelligence’ that takes less than two minutes. If you give it a try you will start to make a new habit if you stick to it and begin your journey to improving your health and wellbeing. For me, I started to feel more in tune with my thoughts after a few days.
If you have read 5 simple steps to a No-BS meditation then you will know that I love meditation. It’s a passion that I know will last my lifetime. The most challenging part of it was never sitting with my thoughts but making it a part of my every day living. This change that and I can feel the self-improvement already!
To put it simply, it gives you several guided and unguided meditations, breathing exercises and get-to-sleep techniques. Not dissimilar to the high-ranking meditation apps like Calm and Headspace. Absolutely right. What makes this app different for me is the ‘levelling’ system to give you an incentive to complete a series of sessions before making it to the next stage. Maybe its my love of RPGs that has given me a strong connection but I know it is helping with my health and wellbeing.
Since using Oak, I am yet to miss a day of meditation. In fact, I have been meditating three times a day for the past twenty five days. For that I am eternally grateful. It’s a great motivator. Try it to see your own self-improvement.
3.Couch to 5k
This is one app that I have not used myself but have seen the positive effects first hand. Firstly, with my Dad – to whom I am very proud – who went from being someone who never ran to someone who is so addicted to it now he has done several 10k runs an a WOLF Runs. Note: a Wolf Run is a muddy obstacle course in the UK that I think everyone should try!
The satisfying moment is watching my partner commit to this same idea and is already on week 2 of the app’s programme. So, just because I am not the one using an app doesn’t mean I am not improving my own health and wellbeing. Being a person of support alongside someone’s own self-improvement gives nothing but benefits for everyone involved.
There are thousands of apps out there focused on self-improvement but that was three that have helped me improve my health and wellbeing. The idea of freeing yourself of technology to live a better life is something that I disagree with to a certain degree. Developments in technology do have their negatives but when there are efforts being made to help with your self-improvement then it seems stupid not to try them.
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