Roundup of apps to help caregivers care for themselves
Have you ever looked at the clock and realized its 4 p.m. and you haven’t had a sip of water or anything to eat? Sometimes, caregivers are so busy making sure others’ needs are being met that they totally forget about their own. I’ve found a few free apps (except TalkSpace) that can help remind you to take care of yourself. If you don’t, who will?
- TalkSpace: Are you struggling with the emotional side of caregiving but there is no way you can get out of the house to talk to a therapist? This app connects you to licensed therapists who are matched based on your needs. Once you select the payment plan that works for you, you can begin sending messages to your therapist to work through the issues you’d like to address.
- 7 Cups: A great option for a caregiver with no one to talk to. This free app lets you vent and “listeners” will respond. You can speak your mind to strangers without feeling judged.
- Plant Nanny: Do you get through a whole day without drinking any water? This free app is for you. You are a virtual plant and you receive reminders to water yourself. If you constantly skip watering, your virtual plant will get sicker and sicker, so you will feel bad about not drinking enough water.
- Affirmations: Do you need a daily reminder to stay positive? This app sends you a daily positive affirmation to read and reflect on to put you in a positive mindset.
- Guided Mind: Chose from 150 guided meditations to help you relax and deal with daily stress.
- Relax Lite: Stress and Anxiety Relief: De-stress with guided breathing exercises and calming music.
- MediSafe Meds and Pill Reminder: I’ll be downloading this app for myself. Way too often I forget to take my medication in the afternoon…until I start feeling light-headed and have a headache. This app sends you reminders to take your medication. If you always have your phone nearby, it can take one more extra thing to remember out of your brain.
- Pedometer and Weight Loss: If a FitBit is out of your budget, this free app will track your steps as long as you have your phone on you.
- 7 Minute Workout: If you struggle with fitting exercise into your day (who doesn’t), these 7 minute workouts may be just what you need. Just a little exercise goes a long way in health maintenance.
- Fitnet: Another free quick workout app that lets you squeeze exercise into your day. They offer 5 – 7 minute workout options.
- Yoga Wake Up: This app delivers 10 minute yoga workouts to your phone at your designated wake up time. The yoga sequences vary from meditation to holding poses so that you’ll never get bored.
- MySugr: This is a very cool app for diabetics. It helps you track what you eat and if there is a food that makes you feel ill, it will find it and alert you so that you can cut it out of your diet.
I’ll be adding many of these apps to my phone. I hope they’ll be useful to you as well!