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6 Helpful iPhone Apps For Managing Your Mental Health

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog. Today, I’m going to be sharing 6 apps that are great for managing your mental health. I have personally tried out all of the following apps and I have seen the potential they have in making it easier to manage your illness. I hope these apps are useful and you find something new to help you along…

(All app titles link to the App Store).


Think Ups.

Price – Free.

This is a lovely little app I discovered by accident. It contains 6 mini activities – happy taps, habit maker, mindset, positivity, breather and illuminator. All of them are based around positive thinking, good habits and mindfulness. My favourite game is positivity, which is a word search game. You are given words revolved around positivity and you have to find them in the grid.


Three Good Things.

Price – Free.

What I love about this app is how simple it is. Everyday you receive a notification to input 3 good things that happened to you that day. It’s a great way to try and pick out the positives of the day, even if it’s been a particularly tough day.


Cove.

Price – Free.

This is one of most unique apps I’ve ever come across. Cove allows you to express how you’re feeling through music. You pick an emotion and it then allows you to add a base, melody and percussion to create a song. It’s great if you’re struggling to express how you’re feeling or you can’t find words to describe it. This app is also working with NHS (you can read more about this here).


Stigma.

Price – Free with a pro option.

Stigma is an app that allows you to track your mood and add journal entries. It also has a pen pal option – where you can connect with other people in similar situations to yourself. I haven’t tried out the pen pal aspect but I can imagine how helpful that could be to someone’s support system. One of my favourite aspects of the mood tracker is you can add a visual representation of how you’re feeling, which you can track over a certain period of time (daily, weekly, monthly).


Quit That.

Price – free.

I’ve added some examples to show you how it works

This is a very simple app that allows you to track habits you want to quit. It isn’t necessarily a mental health app, however, it’s great if there are bad habits, possibly related to your illness, you’d like to stop doing. It also allows you to input if the habit costs anything per day, and it will then show you how much you’ve saved since you’ve quit, which I think is a great motivator.


Clementine.

Price – free.

This is an app that uses hypnotherapy to help you deal with the struggles you may be facing. It includes several audios to listen to in the categories sleep, confidence and de-stress. It also allows you to add mantras (or choose the surprise me option) and the app will send you reminders throughout the day to remind you of them, which is think is a lovely touch.


What apps do you find helpful in managing your mental health?

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8 Fantastic Tools To Help You On Your Blogging Journey

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 13. In today’s post I’m going to be talking about the 8 tools/apps I use on a regular basis to help me with my blog. There are so many apps/tools out there and it’s hard to find the ones that will work for you – I hope this post can introduce you to some new tools!


Headline Analyser by CoSchedule.

I always struggle with deciding on blog titles – never knowing how best to structure one, or how to name it to make it appealing. That’s when I found this website and it’s honestly helped me so much. A score of 70 or higher is seen as the most engaging headline.

Free.

Browser.

I also love how it shows you the word balance – giving you an indication of what types of words to include to raise the score.


Canva.

Free – paid plans available.

Browser | App Store | Android.

I use this app to make my heading graphics. I also used it to design my header, logo and signature graphics too. There are a large range of images you can use along with fonts – and all for free.


PicMonkey.

Free – paid plans available.

Browser | App Store | Android.

There are some things I couldn’t design in Canva so I got this app to see if it would be better for me. I use Picmonkey to add my handle to my photographs and design my Pinterest images.


VSCO.

Free – paid plans available.

App Store | Android.

This is the app I use to edit my photographs for my blog and instagram. I love this because it’s so simple and easy to use and I never use the fancy settings that some other apps include.


Tailwind.

Starts at $9.99 (£7.59) Free trial available.

Browser | App Store.

I’ve heard this program mentioned since I started blogging and honestly never bothered to have a look to see if it could help me. I don’t know why I put it off for so long. I’ve not been using it for long but I’m already seeing a difference in how much engagement my pins are receiving and thus views on my blog. This is mainly used through a browser but the app allows you to see your scheduled pins and rearrange them.


Hootsuite.

Free – paid plans available.

Browser | App Store | Android.

Let’s face it – I am terrible at Twitter. I struggle to keep up a presence and find it extremely exhausting to constantly be on there. I started using this app a few weeks ago to schedule some tweets when I’m feeling overwhelmed with social interactions, and it’s working well – I’m able to write the tweets up, schedule them in one go and then I don’t have to worry about it once it’s done.


Planoly.

Free – paid plans available.

Browser | App Store | Android.

One of the things I’m trying to improve on is my Instagram feed. I’m not all that good at keeping with my theme because I find it hard to visualise what it’ll look like with the other pictures. This is why I love this app – it gives you the opportunity to view what a photo will look like once uploaded to your Instagram. You can also write captions and schedule – all in a beautifully designed app.


Evernote.

Free – paid plans available.

Browser | App Store | Android.

This one is one of the apps I included in my Apps for Writers post and I have to add it into this one as well. This is my favourite note taking app ever. I’ve tried out many different ones and I always seem to go back to this one.


There you have it – my favourite apps that help me in your blogging journey -hopefully they will help you too. I love reading your comments and interacting with you all, and using these apps help me enough so that I am able to do that.

What are your favourite blogging apps? Let me know in the comments!

9 Useful Apps to Increase Productivity As A Writer

1. Scrivener.

Platforms available on: macOS | Windows | iOS.

Price: $45 on macOS and Windows & $19.99 on iOS.

• This is one app I couldn’t do without. I tried out the free trial on my desktop computer and LOVED IT. I then purchased the iOS version as I do most of my writing on my iPad. It’s definitely worth the money and I’ve gotten so much more done than I ever have with other apps/programs. It’s a fantastic way to organise your planning and you can easily view documents side by side. I would recommend this to anyone whose is struggling to manage their time or organise their writing.


2. Evernote.

Platforms available on: iOS | Android | Windows | macOS.

Price: Free (basic) | £44.99 / year (premium).

  • This is where I keep all my notes – whether it be plot bunnies, poetry or ideas for my work in progress. If I have an idea whilst I’m out or at home – I use Evernote to write it down. I love that you can separate your notes into separate notebooks so everything stays nice and organised. You can also add photos, annotations, voice memos etc if you so wish. There is also a premium plan available if that’s something you’d be interested in, but to be honest I don’t think I’d ever need to upgrade to premium as the basic free plan does everything I need it to do.

3. Pages.

Platforms available on: macOS | iOS.

Price: Free.

  • Pages is Apple’s own word processor. I use this for drafting my blog posts and editing. I love to get out my stylus and draw all over my writing – just like you would on a piece of paper. It’s quite similar to Word however I prefer this because it works a lot smoother on my iPad.

4. Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Platforms available on: iOS | Android.

Price: Free (premium version available).

  • I’ve used so many digital dictionaries and never found one that suits my needs. However, I discovered this app not long along. What I love about this app is it includes word games. I’ve tried them out and it’s helping me expand my vocabulary.

5. Day One.

Platforms available on: iOS | macOS | Android.

Price: Free (premium version available).

  • This app is basically a digital journal. One of my writing goals this year is to write more and one thing I decided to start doing was writing down my thoughts of the day. It has a simple layout, and you can add photos to your entries. It also has a little tracker so you can see how many entries you’ve made overall, in a week etc.

6. Simple Mind +

Platforms available on: iOS | Android.

Price: Free (premium version available).

  • This app allows you to create mind maps. I’m too lazy and impatient to create beautiful mind maps on paper so I just use this app. I find it useful if I’m struggling with a certain aspect of my novel or I need a quick flow of ideas. I love this app because it’s so simple and there’s no fancy settings or complicated stuff. There is a full version you can pay for but I’m using the free version which is enough for me.

7. Lists for Writers.

Platforms available on:

Price: iOS | Android.

Price: £1.91.

  • This is exactly what it says on the tin. I love lists and I especially love lists that are all in one place and easy for me to access. It has everything from physical characteristics, names, jobs, setting, genres and lots more. I only wish there was an option to add your own lists and I think I’d love the app even more.

8. Brainsparker.

Platforms available on: iOS.

Price: Free.

  • This is another app for sparking ideas. It has prompts related to goals and journaling. You can also add other packs related to characters, blogging, words, quotes and many more. It also has a handy random feature so you can mix all your packs into one big ‘pot’ and it will choose you a random question/prompt.

9. Prompts.

Platforms available on: iOS.

Price: $0.99

  • This is one I recently discovered. I love to write poetry but sometimes I lack any inspiration and can go weeks without writing any. So I looked on the AppStore for some sort of prompt app to help me get the creativity going and I came across this one. I love it because when you create a new note, it gives you a couple of words to start. I was unsure this would work but I’m amazed with how much it really helps! It also has a handy stat tracker allowing you to see your progress.

What are some of your favourite writing apps?


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