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15 Health and Wellness Apps and Services Every Modern Woman Needs

Make your life that much easier.

by | Sep 23, 2021

Ladies, we know you are busy. We know you are time poor. We know you are constantly trying to juggle a million tasks at once and rarely take time to focus on you. It is very well known that health and wellness is continuously bumped to the bottom of the to-do list for Aussie women.  A 2020 study by Jean Hailes into the health needs and behaviours of women across Australia reflects this lack of selfcare by stating 31.7% of women aged 25-44 did not have enough time to attend health check appointments.

As Women’s Health Week has well and truly wrapped up for the year, we need to remind ourselves that we should not only prioritise our selfcare and wellness just one week every year; it should be implemented into our everyday routine. 

To help every modern woman take control of their health and wellbeing, we have pulled together a list of the absolute must-have apps and services you need to know so you can prioritise you!

Digital Healthcare

The 2020 study by Jean Hailes also found that one in four women aged between 18-24 did not know where to access health services, with a further one in four women aged between 25-44 revealing that they often couldn’t even get a doctor’s appointment when they needed one.

To cater to the busy and time poor woman, Youly presents a new approach to healthcare. Youly offers Aussie women access to GP consults, prescriptions and treatments, all without needing to leave the home.

Youly works in three easy steps: online registration, a text-based consultation with a GP or pharmacist (dependent on the treatment you are seeking), and fast and discreet treatment delivery right to your doorstep.

Youly offers the country’s first ever morning after pill delivery service, as well as the prescription and delivery of the contraceptive pill and NuvaRing, and HSV-1 Cold Sores, HSV-2 Herpes Simplex Virus, sleep, and thrush treatments.

Youly empowers women with fast, convenient, and discreet access to medication through safe and innovative online solutions. Say goodbye to those time-consuming, awkward, and sometimes confronting conversations at the pharmacy or with your doctor, and hello to this hassle-free online healthcare platform. 

Menstrual Tracking Apps

Whether you are trying to conceive or just like to have oversight so no bloody surprises happen (you see what I did there), tracking your cycle is a great way to be in-tune with your body and know when you need to prioritise rest and recovery.

There are so many great (free) apps on the market to help you track your menstrual cycle, like; Flo, Clue, Ovia, Eve by Glow; just to name a few.

As women, keeping your menstrual cycle in-mind can be an important factor in knowing when your energy and mood are at peak performance or when you need to slow it down, helping us to take better care of ourselves. 

If you want to find out more about menstrual tracking apps, head here.

Subscription Care Packages

So, you LOVE the idea of selfcare and taking time to focus on you… but scoff at the thought of trying to fit it into your schedule? Where there is a will, there is a way! Have you heard of subscription-based care packages?

Skincare is a great way to prioritise your health and dabble in some selfcare. Whether you’re in your twenties, forties, or eighties, skincare is important. However, heading to the shops to purchase face masks, cleansers, toners, face oils and rose quartz skin rollers can sometimes be overwhelming – not to mention, it’s not at the top of the to-do list. This is where subscription care packages save the day!

There’s a beauty box out there for everyone, with packages delivered straight to your door step each month.  Here’s our top picks:

  1. Peony Parcel

Sent out every two months, this package features three to five trial and full-size beauty and wellness products to help you keep your skin glowing. Starting at $99 a box, they typically include bath bombs, collagen supplements, nourishing lip and face masks and even organic tea… you can even build your own box!

  1. Bellabox

For the makeup fanatics out there, this ones for you. Bellabox is a monthly beauty subscription, with prices starting from $19.95 per month and features the latest beauty products on the market. 

  1. Nourished Life

This one is Australian based, natural, and organic offering samples and travel-sized skincare, makeup, general health, and home products.

Online Personal Assistance

If you’ve ever said, “Uh I wish I could just pay someone to do this”… well you literally can. Welcome to the modern world, where everyone can have their own PA!

With platforms like Airtasker and Athena & Co, outsource your to-do list while you focus on other, more important things (like self-care, time with friends/ your partner and sleep). Whether it is building your children’s playhouse, gardening or even picking up your best friend’s birthday present that you forgot to organise, online personal assistant services can be a lifesaver for the modern ladies!

Mental Health and Wellness Apps 

A key pillar to prioritising your health, sits with mental health and wellness. There are hundreds of wellness apps available supporting people in bettering their mental wellbeing, sleep and meditation.

Here is a list of our top wellness apps to help you prioritise your mental health:

  1. Headspace

Headspace can be your personal meditation and mindfulness coach. With hundreds of guided and non-guided meditation practices and mindfulness activities, connect with your body and mind through the ease of an app!

  1. Sleep cycle

As we know, quality sleep is integral to boosting your energy, brain function, mood and more! Bettering your sleep hygiene and learning when your body has achieved quality rest and how this can improve your day-to-day wellbeing is really important to your overall health.

  1. Streaks

Streaks is a to do list that keeps you on track and accountable. This app is designed to form healthy habits and keep you organised. 

  1. Breethe

Breethe is an app focused on providing meditation, wellness activities and sleep support that can easily fit into a busy everyday life.

Podcasts

This isn’t an out-of-the-box idea, but we can’t get enough of podcasts! From listening to podcasts about gut health, sex and relationships, mental health or even true crime and celeb gossip, podcasts are a great way to learn, keep up to date, stimulate your brain, consume information on the go, or zone out.

There are so many podcasts focused on educating you on all thing’s health and wellness. We wanted to help you get started and have curated a list of our favourite ones.

  1. Uninterrupted

On Women’s Health’s very own podcast, we chat to game-changing women about life, success, health, fitness, wellness… and everything in between.

  1. Keep it cleaner

Aussie health and fitness guru’s Steph Claire-Smith and Lauren Henshaw talk all things life! From health and fitness, to bullying, trolling, relationships, work etc. It’s your weekly dose of a little bit of everything.

  1. Stuff mum never told you

A podcast that hosts candid and real conversations about what it means to identify as a woman – sharing research-based discussions around feminism and living as a woman in today’s society.

  1. Crappy to Happy

Helping with motivation and boosting your mood and energy, this podcast welcomes guests from all walks of life and provides listeners with inspiring stories and advice on how to turn your life from ‘crappy’ to ‘happy’.

  1. Ladies we need to talk

From mental health, sex, vaginal health, pleasure, ageing and more, host Yumi Stynes has your female sexual health answers covered!   

 

There you have it, the apps and services you need to help live a life where you can prioritise your health and wellness.

By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the new web-obsessed Digital Editor at Men's and Women's Health, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she has a mean punch inside and out of the ring. She was previously a Digital Editor at GQ and Vogue magazine.

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