I’d never really been ‘in to’ apps. I mean, is that something you can even be in to? Who knows, but I do know the last few months I have started using some really frequently. So I thought I’d share my most used apps with you.
The Most Useful Apps
I am notoriously terrible at remembering to drink. Some days I could go until 1pm and not have had a single drop of liquid pass my lips! That seems ridiculous when I actually say it. But it’s true. The mornings can be super chaotic in our household. Trying to get both boys ready, sort the dog oh, and try to remember to get myself into some sort of presentable state for the school run/work. Breakfast and water come bottom of the to do list.
I’ve long had issues with my skin and energy levels and if there’s one thing people always tell me I could do to try and help improve both of these things, it’s to drink more, well, any in my case, water.
I don’t know about you but I really struggle to… drink. Consuming water seems to be quite difficult for me – especially large quantities. It takes me about 4 hours to drink a pint of anything. But I saw a friend had got the My Water app over Christmas and I thought I might as well give it a go. You enter your details and it gives you a minimum water intake for your day. Mine sits at 2.2 litres.
As I write this I’ve been using the app for 3 weeks. Which I appreciate isn’t a great amount of time but I am hooked. Desperate to fill my screen with water (with each drink you add to the app it fills up your screen with ‘water’). Am I consistent and do I achieve my goal? Not every day. But I am certainly more aware of what I’m drinking and striving to be better each day. I’ve only hit 100% 3 days in the last week but you know what, even those days where I haven’t hit 100% I’m certainly still drinking more than I was.
You can add friends as well so you can have a bit of a drinking competition which is always great motivation isn’t it.
Do you monitor your cycle? I felt like I had a really good understanding of my body and how it worked, and I still do to a certain extent but then it all got very… irregular and I felt like I didn’t know if I was coming or going so I decided to start tracking my cycle. Clue is really straight forward and is generally really accurate at predicting when a new cycle will start. You can add in symptoms that you experience throughout the month to help it become more accurate, things such as level of bleeding, and pains (cramps or headaches, sore boobs etc), your emotional state, how much sleep you’re getting, sexual activity, energy levels etc. It helps you to find patterns in your cycle and find your ‘norm’. It’s just boosted my confidence levels a bit and reaffirmed that I do know myself. It’s pretty good at predicting when ‘the rage’ will appear as well so I’m definitely more mindful of that.
(I’d say it’s pretty accurate at predicting my ovulation days but using an app is obviously not a fool proof way of avoiding pregnancy so please don’t rely on an app for accuracy around ovulation.)
1 Second Every Day
I was introduced to the app by Simon who produces the Rock My Wedding podcast and I have been hooked every since. Completing my full first year last year. You essentially upload a 1 second video clip every day of the year and then you’re left with a 6 minutes video at the end of the year which is the perfect round up of everything you got up to over the previous 365 days.
The thing I liked about it the most? It reiterated to me that actually, you don’t always having to be doing something to make great memories. The ‘every day’ is brilliant and full of laughter and smiles and happy memories too and I;m really glad I got to capture them. Whether it was a FaceTime with Grandparents or trips to the park or even a simple cuddle on the sofa, all of those things add up to a year full of fond times.
So far this year I have captured our littlest learning to read and mastering a two wheeled scooter. My eldest’s obsession with reading Harry Potter and my 80 year old Nan playing Mario Kart. I already can’t wait to look back over it.
You can add stills and live images in to if you forget to film something that specific day but I’d urge you to give it a whirl. I love it and I’m sure you will too.
I’d love to hear what your current favourite apps are? What am I missing out on?