Every day is another adventure on this journey we call life. Some days are more of a struggle than others. As Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus once said, “Everyone has those days. Everybody gets that way.” Most times, you have to mentally push yourself to keep going and make it through the day, that project, or through that exercise regime. Whatever it may be, it can wear you out. Now, there’s an app that will help you on the journey to make it through another day/project/exercise. This app has changed my life mentality for the better and I believe it will change yours too.
Shine is a feel-good app that is designed to help you achieve all of your goals of happiness and confidence in your daily life. It began as simple text messages; you would input your name and phone number and every day they would send you an uplifting text message. Recently they created an app to help with the process. In the app, you still receive “text messages,” but now you also have the options to participate in breathing exercises or mindful meditation as well. Basically, everything you need to take a few minutes out of your day focusing on your mental health will be in this app.
The co-founders of the app, Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey spoke to Metro and explained that as the world consistently changes and political mayhem or natural disasters come to light, “We realized the important opportunity we have to provide more ways for people to integrate self-care into their routine.” The app gives users a one-on-one connection to focus and care about their own well-being each and every day.
Personally, I set my Shine app to send me text messages every morning about 9:00 am. I already have the habit of checking my phone first thing in the morning, so by doing this, I focus on checking my Shine app first so I have a positive start to my day.
Hirabayashi and Lidey say the app is very millennial-focused, explaining, “The biggest difference between us and previous generations is that we view well-being as a habit versus a trend.” However, other generations can benefit from the casual, conversational tone that the app provides and, “The issues we address are issues people experience across generations.” Every single person struggles with their own demons and this app acts as an aid in helping each individual work through these darker sides to find the light within themselves.
As mental health continues to be an important and necessary topic to discuss, Shine provides an outlet and a conversation starter to the subject matter. Keep the talk going and take a few minutes out of your day to take care of yourself and your mind. Download Shine today for free on iOS.
The app is currently unavailable for Android, but you can still sign up for daily self-care text messages sent directly to your phone or tablet. When the app becomes available for Android, you will be notified via text message as well. Shine also offers in-app purchases for specific mindful meditation practices, but the costs of this are solely up to your discretion.
Shine on, friends.
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