Self-Care: Apps and Books for Your Mental Health

Now that we’re full swing into 2018, it’s time to check in with ourselves and make sure that we’re doing our best to really take care of ourselves! Life gets hectic and the first thing to go onto the back burner is your own self-care. This year, our goal is to stop this bad habit and make our well-being a top priority! We aren’t saying to go out and spend money on weekly massages or even that you need to take a ton of time each day to dedicate to yourself, that’s not necessarily realistic for everyone. However, there are some really easy ways to take a few minutes out of your day to slow down and check in with yourself. Today, we’re sharing our top tools that help us focus back in on our well-being.

1. The Calm App

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Image Source: Calm

We love the calm app! This meditation app offers a huge variety of guided meditation options to choose from. While there is a subscription fee, you can download the app for free and play around with some of the meditations before you decide if it’s for you or not. More often than not, you’ll end up receiving an email with a coupon code to use for your subscription! These guided meditations cover things such as stress relief, anxiety, happiness, focus, peace, sleep and so much more. Start your day with a five minute meditation session to put you out the door on the right foot. Listen to a sleep story to help you relax and fall into a deep, restful sleep at night. We truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this one!

2. The Daily Quote App

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Image Source: Daily Motivation

Do you respond well to inspirational and motivational quotes? Well, so do we! The Daily Quote app is a free app that provides you with daily inspirational and motivational quotes. Enable notifications to have it send you your quote of the day each morning! We have ours set to notify us the same time we wake up, because what’s better than waking up to some motivation waiting to greet you?

 
Image Source: Samia's Photography

Image Source: Samia's Photography

This is one of our all-time favorite books. The tagline is “How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life.” If you’re someone looking to really take control of your life and make positive changes, this is the book for you! Find a way to take even 5 minutes a day to read a few pages. Put yourself first, make a commitment to read each day, and transform your life into the one you want to be living.

 
Image Source: Rachel Hollis

Image Source: Rachel Hollis

As women, we unknowingly believe many lies about ourselves. The title “Stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be” couldn’t be more true. Hollis starts each chapter with a lie that she, and most women, believed about herself that made her feel negatively. She then re-tells her experience with this lie, and finishes up with what helped her work through and unpack things to discover the truth of her situation. This story is so relatable and motivational, showing just how true it is that you can accomplish anything if you stick with it and believe in yourself!

DIY Facials & Scrubs

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IMAGE SOURCE: THE FREE SPIRITED

Need a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to exfoliate your dry skin to get a new glow? There are so many face scrubs that are easy to mix together using common household ingredients! These scrubs are a great way to give your skin a fresh start all while saving money in your wallet!

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IMAGE SOURCE: MORE

1 tsp granulated sugar
1-2 drops water
1-2 drops orange, lemon, lavender oil (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Gently rub the scrub onto your clean face. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Combine ingredients in a bowl and gently rub into skin. Rinse clean with warm water.

IMAGE SOURCE: HOMEMADE FOR ELLE

IMAGE SOURCE: HOMEMADE FOR ELLE

½ fresh lemon
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey

Combine lemon and olive oil in a bowl. Whisk in the honey, then gradually add in the sugar. Apply to face in gentle, circular motions. Leave on for 7-10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

¼ cup uncooked oats
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup olive oil

In a food processor, pulse oats until they are broken down but not powdered. Transfer oats to a small bowl and add in honey and olive oil. Add a thick layer of the scrub to your clean face and massage for 60 seconds, then continue to leave on skin for an extra 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.