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Why Having a Good Morning Routine is Important for Selfcare

In our busy day-to-day lives, we often forget the importance of self-care. Caring for ourself is very important to keep functioning to the fullest of our abilities. One of the first things you should do when starting on a self-care journey is to work to have a good morning routine. Because when you weave self-care into your daily routine, it becomes difficult to skip. It becomes part of your habit and is something that you do on autopilot.

What many people starting on the self-care journey do is that they set aside a day once in a while to focus on themselves. While this can be a great way to take a break, it isn’t as beneficial in the long run. Mornings are the most important time according to me. What you do in the morning has the power to set the tone for the day.

It is important to use your waking hours wisely. Everything in the morning is much more relaxed from the peaceful nature to the blissful weather. Your mind and body are at peace too. You are yet to completely be absorbed in the day’s worries. This is the perfect time to indulge in some self-care.

Establish small habits that help you focus on your well-being every day. Meditating in the morning, doing yoga, drinking warm lemon water, writing in your gratitude journal are some of the things you can easily incorporate in your daily lifestyle.

This helps you start your day on a positive note without having to do something extra for the positive mindset. With a busy lifestyle, taking care of oneself seems like a luxury so when you do little things like these, you feel like you are on the right track. You feel content with your work-life balance.

For me, my morning routine consists of:

  • Waking up at 4 AM
  • Washing my face and brushing my teeth
  • Having a glass of warm water – usually lemon and honey and sometimes green tea.
  • Meditating for 20 minutes 
  • Yoga, breathing exercises, stretching
  • Reading for 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the day ahead)
  • Listening to a motivational video or podcast
  • Have a healthy breakfast

Exercising in the morning is also a great way to show your body that you care. You might be tired during the day and after you come back home you wouldn’t want to do something physical anyway. Getting some sort of exercise in the morning is best to help you achieve your health goals as well. It makes your mind and body both feel fresh.

Do not skip breakfasts either because breakfast is one of the most important meals. It gives your body enough energy to keep working for the whole day. It keeps you filled so that you are not tempted to eat junk food or unhealthy takeaways. If you do not have a lot of time during the week, you can always meal prep or batch cook during your weekends so that you will have something healthy and homemade for all your meals especially your breakfast.

This routine is something that I follow religiously to keep me functioning throughout the day with a positive mindset. When you give yourself enough time to regroup daily, you carry that attitude with you throughout the day making it pleasant for other people to be around you and also for you to give more to your work.

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Setapp Review – One Store to Rule Them All

There are tons of new and unique apps individual users can download to Macs and iPads to increase productivity, accessibility, entertainment level, among so many other things. The downsides to downloading dozens of apps are the hefty monthly subscription fees that are sure to add up. This is where Setapp steps in.

Instead of paying fees to individual apps, Setapp offers a compilation of Mac apps for a single monthly subscription fee. Sounds too good to be true? Go on and read this review to find out whether Setapp could work for you:

How Setapp Works

The founders have based their idea on streaming services. With the onset of streaming platforms, movie watchers didn’t have to pay for individual DVDs. Instead, they pay one monthly fee to access tens of thousands of movies and TV shows from a single online platform.

Setapp working

 

Instead of movies or music tracks, Setapp makes various Mac apps available to individual users for a $9.99 monthly subscription fee. While it’s not as big as Netflix, currently there are over 100 apps Mac users can try. Imagine paying even a dollar each month to use each of these apps. The cost would be considerable. The single subscription model of Setapp is definitely a bargain in this light.

Design

The Setapp suite is very intuitive, well organized, and all around easy to use. The suite includes three columns: the finder sidebar, the app listing column, and the preview column.

The finder sidebar has all the apps neatly categorized into groups such as Lifestyle, Productivity, Creativity, Task Management, and so on. Users can get access to all the apps or other apps available on the Mac quickly from the sidebar.

Once the user clicks on a category, another column lists all the apps available under that category. Right now, Setapp makes roughly 112 apps immediately available with desktop download. New apps are still being added, about 3 new per month, according to the company.

Third column makes a preview of a selected app available with the name, a screenshot or an image, and a short description. It’s very useful when looking for a new app. All the information is available in a single suite, which is extremely convenient for busy enterprise users.

Features

The apps on Setapp are handpicked by the creators. That is to say, users can’t add or exclude apps they personally like. The suite is made available with more apps that anyone could ever really use, so this should not be a problem.

There are plenty of highly useful apps both individual and work users can benefit from. The suite includes several apps from the company behind Setapp, such as CleanMyMac. Other notable apps include Capto, Bartender, Gemini,SQLPro Studio, and even Ulysses. The collection is incredibly varied. The inclusion of popular apps like Ulysses, which can cost as much as $45 individually, is really impressive.

It’s also got a few personal finance apps like Chronicle, MoneyWiz and Home Inventory that can help you keep a track of your finances, receipts, bills etc. You can check all the apps offered by Setapp here.

It should be noted that all the apps in Setup are ad-free. There are no in-app advertisements or prompts for purchases. That distraction-free environment alone makes the subscription fee worthwhile.

Downsides

It’s hard to find downsides to this service. However, do understand that this service makes financial sense only to those who need to use multiple apps on a monthly or daily basis. If you need to use only one or two cheap apps, then the $10 price tag may be overpaying.

Conclusion

Setapp is a fascinating tool that is near limitless in application and convenience. If you are in the habit of downloading numerous apps each year, the Setapp suite can save a fortune. Users may even be able to save money on some apps made available in the suite like SQLPro Studio, which are very expensive to use individually.

Overall, Setapp offers excellent functionality and a great opportunity to save money when working on projects. The suite keeps adding new apps, so the cost effectiveness of Setapp would only increase in the future. Currently, Setapp is available for a free 7-day trial run.

Click here to start yours and take it for a spin. If you don’t like it, you can always cancel.