So I’ve been doing a lot to try and make my life better these days and I wanted to share with you four apps that have helped me in my journey towards happiness. They are in no particular order. I’d love to hear what apps you’re using to rock your life in the comments section.
1) The Walmart Grocery App: Seriously? Seems like a stretch when I say it makes my life happier right? If I’d told pre-Mommy Diana that I’d be ordering all of my groceries online I would have scoffed and talked about how lazy that was. Now, it’s helping me to save time and stay sane. From my mother, I’ve learned the power of planning out our meals for two weeks at a time. That alone can take a long time. In the past, I made my list as I went and then rewrote it to make my shopping trip go faster. Now I just look up the recipe and add the ingredients to my order. No more crazy list making. In addition, I add items to my order every time I realize we need them so I’m not racking my brain trying to remember what it was that we needed. On top of the list making, shopping for two weeks worth of groceries at a time is stressful with kids in tow and takes forever. Yes, my husband could go or watch the kids. I know that. I also know that his schedule can be unpredictable and that I want as much time with The Twins as my work schedule will allow during the week. I also don’t want to devote a chunk of my weekend to it. Now, I just place my order and spend time at home with my kids and husband and wait for the delivery. If delivery isn’t comfortable for you then you can also pick up your groceries FOR FREE! Get why it adds to my happiness now? Haha!
2) LIFX Lights: Okay, this is technically an App that goes with special light bulbs. I’m afraid something like this makes me sound a little snooty but they were a gift. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up irritated because my husband has left one of our lamps on. (Seriously it’s right next to you!) Now, when I wake up in the night and see the glow from the lamp next to our couch all I have to do is roll over, grab my phone, and turn it off then go back to sleep. Yes, I could get up. I know this. Getting up is a “If you give a mouse a cookie” situation with me though. If I get up then I need water or a snack. If I have water or a snack then I have to pee. If I have to pee then I have to turn on the bathroom light then if I turn on the bathroom light I’m wide awake. Beyond turning lights off, I can set them to turn on at certain times. No more tripping down the hallway in the dark. Instead, I schedule our living room light to be on at a dim glow at the same time my alarm goes off. I even use the different lighting features to help set the mood to do my nightly exercise and meditation. (More on that later.) Could I live without it? 100% Are the small conveniences it offers making my life happier? Definitely.
3) Audible: I’m a HUGE fan of Audible and have been using it for years. It recently skyrocketed up my list of loves when I discovered the “Free For Members: Health and Fitness” section. Ya’ll! This section has helped me to find so much joy in my life! There are workouts, meditations, and soul searching tools on there. I am the Queen of hating exercise and working out but decided to try the Ab Blaster workouts. They start out at 5 minutes and work their way up to 15. I literally curse my way through every single minute but I feel so much better after I’ve done it. I’ve also used a couple of meditation options on there. I realized recently that I’d gotten pretty one dimensional when I took away work and kids. Having my daily workout and meditation gives me something to do just for me that doesn’t require me to leave the house, involve a lot of set up, or cost a ton of money. I’m releasing stress and sleeping better too. Less stress, more sleep, and a healthier mind/body is rocking my world and making me sooo happy!
4) Dr. On Demand: As a working Mom, this one is 100% a game changer for me. For so long I put off therapy because it was expensive or time consuming. Most therapist’s offices are only open while I’m at work so therapy meant spending money on gas, the appointment, and missing work. It made it hard to get the mental health that I needed and made me feel guilty about taking the time/money to do it. (Yes, I know the guilt is stupid but I’m working through that.) I decided to give Dr. On Demand a shot and it’s changed my life. I now see my therapist every two weeks for an hour for talk therapy. We video chat through the app so I don’t ever have to leave home. The Hubs or my Mom can watch the kids while I have therapy and I never have to take time off from work because later times are offered. To make it even better, the cost is way less because my Dr can work out of her own home and my insurance covers more of the visit because I’m using the app. To say that therapy is making my life happier would be a complete understatement. It’s helping me to find myself again. Beyond therapy, you can see Doctors about so many issues. For example, I knew I had a post nasal drip and didn’t want it to get ugly. I used the app to talk to a Dr who gave me some advice on what to do and called in a nasal spray. All done before I even went into work and for $30. Game. Changer.
I hope that you found something new to love here. I’ll be sure to share any more discoveries!