Wellness Apps Pastors Should Utilize This Weekend
The Lord wants us to be an example of doing things prayerfully, mindfully, and from a state of peace. There is no use in pushing yourself so hard that you experience burnout and end up sick or unable to accomplish your most important missions.
Thankfully, we can also look to modern technology to give us the strength and mental break we need. Try the below suggestions for Wellness Apps you can use when feeling stressed or need something inspiring and uplifting during your busy days. Suggest them to church members who are looking for digital ideas for relaxation.
We have included some wellness apps as well as some financial and fitness apps to give you a well-rounded selection of tools at your fingertips!
For many of us, prayer is a form of meditation. If you are growing donors and introducing them to concepts of faith and trust, a contemporary wellness app like Calm is helpful. They have programs such as “7 Days of Calm”, immersing the listener in soothing sounds and music. There are also celebrity narrators who make each bedtime story a wonderful adventure.
A Mix of sleep stories, biographies of famous inspiring people, bedtime stories for both adults and children, this recently new app will help the whole family find peace. There are also guided meditations, music for sleep, and the choice to switch between male and female narrators. Soothing Pod is one of the latest wellness apps on the market and is sure to bring you and your family a more restful, centered sleep.
Encourage your kids to love God’s word and see them enjoying it! There are quizzes, challenges and animated Bible stories built with a fresh look, to teach them about God’s Word. We include this in our calming app, because what pastor parent doesn’t appreciate a Bible-based app to occupy their children when they need to relax?
As pastors, your schedule is already full with meetings, Bible classes, sermons and mission trips. If you are having a hard time fitting in fitness on top of everything, try this workout app. With a no-fuss, no-muss approach to fitness, plus no special equipment, it’s ideal for busy leaders. You can perform quick set of exercises in short seven-minute workouts, each of which offers both 12 high-intensity bodyweight exercises and cool downs. The level of your fitness is also adjustable and personalized.
Many entrepreneurs, leaders and pastors use Mint, Intuit’s personal finances apps, to handle their personal as well as business transactions. It is popular because it gives you a picture of your finances, keep you in check and on track. Check out our other posts on financial apps you can use for managing your donors, such as tithing apps, text-to-give-apps, and more.
If your days are disorganized, you won’t be able to lead the church very well. Google Calendar is one of the best tools for schedule management, as you can easily set your Bible conference meetings, link it to streaming meetings and live chats, plus make reservations for travel if necessary. A bonus is that it’s easy to navigate and syncs easily with other Google Apps you may already be using.
This is a very popular wellness app that helps to soothe anxiety. In the recent months, stress levels all over the world have skyrocketed. So too, have people’s health. Headspace makes it easy to plug in and tune-out to the many fears and anxieties clogging your mind. It is one of the leading wellness apps in the world today. Some of the meditations they offer are good for people who want to:
The Bible: Our Best Source of Calm
Of course, there is nothing like God’s Word to give them true peace and a stable mind. Here are some Bible verses on finding calm in a troubled world:
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.