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Hello Happy Mama: There's an App for That!

 Hello Mama!

Happy New Year! Wow, we made it. It’s officially a new year AND a new decade. Hello 2020.

And, of course, with the celebration of the New Year there is extra buzz and excitement to set resolutions (fun fact: most of us will break those resolutions within the third week of January). So, instead of setting yourself up to fail, I want to remind you that there is science to the success behind mindset and setting measurable goals. Remember last month when I shared that I choose a word for each year? It’s my proven way to achieve that one BIG goal for the year. Did you choose your word yet? If not, this is a friendly reminder to pick your word.

As I am writing this article, it is a rainy, chilly day. I love these days! It gives me the opportunity to dream and set goals and intentions for what I want to achieve in 2020. I am also studying for an extensive exam that I need to take (and pass) for my job. Kinda feels like the adult version of studying for the SAT. There is a lot of pressure to pass this test so that I can continue to serve my community and those on the Alzheimer’s journey. I am practicing all the “hacks” for passing this exam: writing down that I passed with 90% in my daily planner, picturing myself reading the email from the state that says I passed, imagining and, more importantly, acting as if I already passed (did you know that your brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and what you believe be to reality? It’s true). 

 I am doing “all the things” and yet, it was my 14-year-old daughter who shared with me that there is an app to help me study for my exam. Yes, there’s an app for that! 

It got me thinking that along with mindset, goal setting, and choosing your word…you too may need an app (aka application) to help you stay on track.

Here are my top 5 favorite apps to help you rock in 2020:

Headspace: I have been using this app for 4 years. It’s a meditation app 

with guided meditations like gratitude, grief, sleep, walking at home, and handling sadness. It has it all. If you have never tried mediation before, this app is for YOU! It tracks your progress and customizes your next meditation based on the ones you have completed. And trust me, it works. Sometimes just 10 minutes a day can make all the difference in gaining perspective and helping you to live your best life.

My Fitness Pal: this app helps you to easily stay on track with your nutrition and exercise plan. Helps you monitor calories in common foods, calculate your movement, track your water intake (stay hydrated!) and more. You can even invite your friends to join you. Having a “wellness buddy” can really help you stay the course on your fitness journey.

Elevate: this app is all about keeping your

brain active and healthy. There are several different activities: brevity, clarity, detail, expression, retention, etc. As you master each level, you will move on to the next. It is a fun way to exercise your brain.

Duolingo: this app had me at Hello or Hola! It’s a language app and it makes learning a new language so much fun! I set this app up to learn Spanish with my seven-year-old son and it has been amazing to watch how quickly we both are picking up the language. The exercises are repetitive and done in story settings (i.e. phrases, travel, restaurant, family and so much more!). It is so rewarding to practice speaking Spanish with my son (and eventually my dad who is fluent in the language). Plus, it reminds you to practice each day. And all it takes is about 5 minutes per day! Muy Bueno.

Quizlet: this app allows you to create a custom study program for ANYTHING (thank you Callie!). I mean, if there was an exam for my RCFE (residential care facility for the elderly), there’s an exam for you, too! Plus, you can customize the way you like to learn. Do flashcards help? Do you learn better from multiple choice? How about encouragement? Yup, it’s got all that and more! I believe that we should never stop learning and, thanks to this app, you can continue to learn and quiz yourself along the way.

Okay, so those are just my top five and no, I am not being paid to endorse any of them; I just find them very user-friendly. The apps are free, but there is an option to upgrade to monthly memberships, etc. I suggest that you try them out and see which ones work for you. 

It’s 2020, Mama…time to get crystal clear on your goals and crush them. Ready, set, go! Do you have a favorite app that’s not on my list? Please share and comment on social with hashtag #hellohappymama

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