Finding time for self-care can be near impossible if you’re constantly on the go and caring for others.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite self-care apps for nurses and carers to enjoy in those moments of quiet and calm.
Headspace is a really user friendly app taking mindfulness and meditation back to basics. Led by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicomb, users are asked to take ten minutes per day listening in and clearing their mind.
Benefits of using the app include better attention span, alertness and instant calm. Providing a workout for the brain, famous users include Gyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson. So if it’s good enough for them, it’s most certainly good enough for nurses and carers.
Find out more about Headspace subscriptions here: headspace.com/subscriptions
2. Deliciously Ella
For those days when you’re lacking inspiration in the kitchen, Deliciously Ella will provide you with nearly 500 nutritious dishes to choose from. All recipes are either vegan, gluten-free or refined sugar free, so ideal if you’re looking for something a little healthier during a busy working week.
Florence nurses and carers can shop for discounted Deliciously Ella products on the Webshop. Treat yourself with 15% off using the code ‘FLORENCE15’ at checkout.
Or start your free 7-day trial today: deliciouslyella.com/app
Long shifts and social distancing got you feeling a little lonely? Viber connects over 900 million users around the globe and is a digital platform packed with supportive online communities and groups.
If conversation is what you crave, Viber can connect you with like-minded people for group chats and discussions on a topic of your choice. Whether you’re into fitness, cooking, reading or art, Viber gives you an outlet and opportunity to feel connected in these somewhat isolating times.
Find out more about Viber communities here: viber.com/en/communities
4. Sleep Cycle
It’s likely after a long shift that you may find it hard to switch your mind off before going to sleep. Perhaps you feel as if you’re not able to get enough sleep or that your sleep quality isn’t great?
Sleep Cycle tracks your sleep throughout the night, based on movement and sound analysis. It uses your sleep data to work out the best time in your sleep cycle to wake you up ready for the day. By waking during the lightest point of your sleep, you feel less tired and more energised for the day ahead.
Find out how to improve your sleep pattern: sleepcycle.com
5. Insight Timer
Insight Timer is the perfect all rounder app for those with less time in their days for self-care. Proclaimed to be the number one app for sleep, stress and anxiety, Insight Timer has an extensive selection of guided meditations, talks, music and life guidance.
Each session varies in length, so can choose one to fit in with your day. Whether you want to fall asleep to soothing sounds or practice breath work with some of the world's leading meditation teachers, there really is something for everyone on Insight Timer.
Sign up to your subscription here: insighttimer.com
6. Aloe Bud
Aloe Bud incorporates a lot of the above topics and claims to be “your self-care pocket companion.” Although not specifically aimed at nurses and carers, the app offers activities, motivational content, dietary advice and a whole host of information on looking after yourself.
Aloe Bud will give you a gentle reminder to spend some time in your day on one of your chosen self-care habits and you’ll also be encouraged to journal about your experience after. Overall, the app is meant to be as motivational as it is useful, making self-care an empowering experience to improve your general well-being.
Meet your pocket pal today: aloebud.com
Here to help
Here at Florence, your dedicated account manager is always on hand to support you and help you with any concerns you may have - we’re only a call away. Get in touch by calling your account manager on 020 3911 2555, or emailing [email protected]
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