And How I’m Able to Keep It Together (Sort Of…)
I have many people ask me on a daily basis: “How do you do it?” And that it they’re referring to is live my life without having a complete and utter meltdown (which, FYI, I have one once a week). But seriously though, working close to full-time, getting a Master’s degree and devoting time to my website, all while still maintaining a healthy love-life, family-life, social-life and ensuring my health is in order is not an easy task. I’m nowhere near perfect when it comes to juggling everything, but I have found a way that makes it all a little more… bearable.
When I think about the content I have on my phone, of course I have the typical social media apps because yes, it’s part of who I am. However, these are not the apps that I can’t live without. The apps that I can’t live without are the ones that, in many ways, make me feel like I can do it. I want to share with you all that 5 apps I can’t live without and give you some tips on how to make the most of each of your experiences:
I should have kept this one for last, but this is by far my favorite app on my phone and I have it on my home screen because I made a point to keep only the important apps on my main screen. The Fabulous App is essentially an app that gets you into a routine of forming healthy habits and sticking to them. You can set routines for the morning, afternoon, and evening. There are also “challenges” that you can do that can be added to your daily routine and you can opt to have alarms alert you when it’s time to accomplish your routines.
I’ll be honest, I’ve had perfect days and days where I might succeed at one habit out of the 14 I have assigned to myself, and that’s perfectly okay. What I love about this app is that it allows me to see what seriously works for me and what I want to be a habit in my life. There was a point where I put “drink tea” as part of my afternoon routine but that didn’t work for me because I was never around to make tea. However, once I put it as part of my morning routine, things changed. Eventually, that “drink tea” turned into “drink coffee or tea” because I appreciate a good cup of coffee in the morning and tea may not always be in the cards for me. Another habit I knew I wanted to enforce: “Call my parents.” I don’t always do this but I try to call them often because my relationship with my family is very important and I intend for that to always be a part of my daily routine.
This app allows me to check off every time I complete a habit and it’s incredibly satisfying to see all that I’ve accomplished for the day because it also shows me I’m living the life I want to live. I even have a habit to spend some time to work on content for my website because, believe me, I needed a little reminder to take a break from all the hectic things in my life and focus on the one thing that I want to give attention to.
Sorry boys, this one isn’t for you. Ladies, this app is amazing because it allows me to track my period, log in symptoms, mood, and physical activity, among other things. What’s even better is that the more often you insert these different factors, the better predictions the app will develop as far as when you’re ovulating and when you’re going to start your period. Of course, for my ladies that are on the irregular side, this may not necessarily be the best app for those type of predictions, but it can help you keep track of different symptoms so in case something pops up, you can reference back to it.
Additionally, every time you insert information into the app, it usually updates with “insights,” or short readings going into depth about whatever information you inserted. For example, I put that I was experiencing some mood swings during that time of the month and there was a short reading on how common mood swings are during that time of month. Not that I needed reassurance but it’s nice knowing that feeling all over the place is something that I’m not alone in.
While I haven’t been using this app for a long time, the past month with it has been eye-opening. The Sleep Cycle app tracks your sleep during the night and provides statistics on the morning about your overall quality of sleep. It registers how long you were in the bed, the different levels of when you were in deep sleep, sleep, or awake, and the activity you engaged in during the day (that influences your sleep at night). A lot of features can be unlocked with the premium setting, but I don’t find that it is necessary for me right now, although, I found out that this app records you snoring but that is a locked feature (unfortunately). Furthermore, in order for this app to do its job, you set an alarm for when you would like to wake up, you go to sleep, and the app sets up a 30-minute time frame to start the process of waking you up in the morning.
What I love the most about this app is that the alarm is the most comforting sound to wake up to because it’s very subtle, which I’ve learned is more beneficial to the waking up process over some loud (and quite frankly, scary) noise that jolts us awake in the morning. The alarm on this app allows you to ease out of your sleep and I’ve found that doing this method gets me out of bed when I’m supposed to without making me feel irritable (or like my heart is going to jump out of my chest). I recommend this app for anyone who is having some trouble getting into a proper sleep schedule or for anyone who would like to see some insight on their quality of sleep. Of course, keep in mind, this is an app so it may not be 100% accurate but it has helped in more ways than one.
In the process of trying to lose weight, I realized I was being neglectful on what I was putting into my mouth and I wanted to be more mindful about that because, as we’ve learned, our diet does affect our weight more than working out alone does. I never had a care before about what I ate, but once my weight (and my health) finally because a problem, I realized I needed to care about what I put in.
Lifesum is essentially my food diary: I keep track of what I eat, the amount of water I drink, and my physical activity for the day (which is synced from my Apple Watch to determine the calories I’m burning throughout the day). What I like about this app is that it also gives me insights, based on the information I provided them about my weight loss goal, on the amount of carbs, fat, and protein I should be intaking in order to maintain a proper diet. The premium version of this app provides meal recipes, multiple diet plans, body composition tracking, and more but I know that in order to be effective, I need to take this slow and start with simply focusing on what I eat. From there, I can move forward at a rate that’s appropriate for me.
I hope these apps can bring some positivity and even some fun into your daily life, especially if this is something that you feel you could benefit from. While all these apps have been beneficial to my daily routine, I would like to give a friendly reminder that these aren’t a necessity and if keeping track of all these apps would stress you out, then don’t do it. These are apps I find that I enjoy, and quite honestly, I don’t find myself checking my phone multiple times a day. I input information twice, maybe three times, a day on each app which takes me no more than 10 minutes to complete and for me, that works.
If you would like to see some more information in a later post, such as the routines I have listed on my Fabulous app, or even a look at what some of my Lifesum, Sleep Cycle, or Flo charts have, let me know and I would be happy to share.
Until next time… XOXO.