Free Apps For Controlling Your Social Media Use

I love my phone and the possession of information at my finger tips. Don’t we allllll! I hear you say. Well, I think it’s about time I started truly seeing what I was using my phone for, and if I really am using it in a healthy way. I did a little experiment this week, and came across some of the best free apps in controlling your social media usage. I think you’ll be surprised at how much you’re on your phone after these! I feel so much better using these apps for my advantage. Check these two out to give a go. Be kind to yourselves folks ❤img_20160207_120520.jpg

Quality Time – This app helps you discover your habits on your phone, how long you spend screen time per day, as well as how many times you unlock your phone too. I gotta say this is incredibly useful. One day, I had over 153 screen unlocks. That’s a scary amount! Throughout the day, I thought I’d done pretty well, considering I was busy all day. However, I noticed that because my phone is on silent, I tend to check my phone a fair bit. See for yourself folks, realising how much time you spend checking- is taking away time for more cool stuff!!

Forest (Free here on Android) – This is actual so soooo cool. Forest is an app for staying focused and present. The more time you spend off your phone, the more your virtual forest grows! Whenever you want to concentrate, you can plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this small seed will gradually grow into a big tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and leave this app to check Facebook or play a game, your little cute tree will wither away. And nobody wants a dying forest! I love it. Give it a go, and test your smartphone resistance!

Keepin’ Up With Kimberley #12

So folks! What a busy week! I hope you are well and are enjoying your day so far. After my post onwpid-img_20151013_111857.jpg ‘3 Best Mental Wellness Apps’, I’ve been really getting into using apps that organise what I’m up to more, and get my head in a good place if I’m not feeling so great. The app ‘What’s Up’ from my Apps post has a ‘Help Right Now’ section, with uplifting quotes to a ‘Here & Now’ button which tries to keep you in the present (love the mindfulness of it!) and a ‘Stay In Today’ section too. Plenty of useful resources on this free app. Give it go and see how you get on! The link is in my Apps post previously linked.

So what have I been up to? Welllll, yesterday I went down to the BBC in London for an exciting series on Radio 4! All will be revealed on the 27th October, and I will post a web link nearer the time! I’m so excited! I met some wonderful people on the panel, coming all the way down from Yorkshire was long and worth it!

I also have a second interview lined up to be Manager In Training (MIT) at Hollister Co, which I’m equally as excited for! It seems like everything is happening all at once, but all my hard work is paying off. Very thankful ❤ Amongst all
of that, I have my business to get going with, driving lessons to do and do my bit raising awareness for mental health. I’m extremely determined!

Also, if you’re interested; I would love to do a series on my blog dedicated to other people views on mental health, and what you think can be improved in MH care. Share your story, what helped you and what hindered you too. Send an email over to kimmykeepreal@gmail.com and I’ll send over a document of questions for the series. You can remain anonymous when I post, it is entirely wpid-img_20150923_165211.jpgup to you! All information is confidential ❤

Sending all my love and positive vibes to you! And as always, keep real! x

3 Best Mental Wellness Apps

Happy Sunday folks! Hope you are enjoying yourself wherever you are! Today I thought to share with wpid-img_20151004_105008.jpgyou some of the apps I think are wonderful tools in staying well, as well as pick me ups when days aren’t so great.

Apps are wonderful little things you can get on your smartphone (presuming you have one!) that are usually free to download. I’ve selected ones that are free to use, so go ahead and get downloading!

So here’s my favourite mental wellness apps which I’ve downloaded. Please go check them out and let me know what you think!

  1. Headspace (FREE trial) – I cannot recommend this ap
    p enough. The first 10 steps are free, so plug in your headphones or set your phone down in front of you for some relaxation. Headspace
    is a beautiful app dedicated to mindfulness and relaxation techniques. It talks you through each step and it’s so soothing to listen to. If you’re 20150713-Headspace-logo
    struggling to get into the mindset of being mindful, this app is for you. It can be hard to get into the swing of meditating, but Headspace welcomes you with open arms and invites you to come back tomorrow on the app for another session. It’s calming and wonderful if you just need that little bit of guidance in getting that ten minutes out of your day.
  2. What’s Up? – It starts off by telling you some real interesting facts about mental health and saying ‘you are not alone’. First thoughts, it’s a definite yes. It’s lovely! It talks you through unnamedthe app and how to use it. It has different sections such as ‘Help Right Now’ ‘Coping Strategies’ and ‘Personal’ so if you’re on the go and feeling a bit stressed, the app is just the bees knees. For example, if you’re over-thinking- there’s a little game you can play that distracts you from your thoughts etc. You can also log in your thoughts and keep track of what’s going in that beautiful brain of yours. I can’t recommend enough, really.
  3. MoodTools – Depression Aid – This app, most importantly- isn’t just for folk with depression, it’s for everyone. There is a depression test you can take on the app, you can also record your mood, thoughts and emotions and do activities. For example, if you’re struggling to find something to do today- click activities and it will list a range of them for you to choose. Click one and see what activity it will give you for the day! It also asks for your mood before and after the activity to see how you’re feeling! This is a great app to organise your thoughts and challenge your thoughts and provide excellent help if you need it. A great aid is also the ‘Safety Plan’, which helps you note down important numbers, reasons to live and places for distraction if you feel you are in crisis. It also provides great numbers for hotlines if you feel you are in crisis, such as Samaritans, 999, Friends/Family as well as calling a Therapist of your choice. You can log all your important information in your iPhone6Whitesafety plan as and when you wish.

I hope you take a minute to download the apps and check them out. Taking the time to be kind to yourself, and having some of these wonderful tools at your fingertips could be the difference between a good and a bad day. Are there any apps that have helped you? Let me know!

As always, sending all my kimmykeepreal love to you! ❤