When life is hectic and you’re always in demand, having a checklist of savvy resources that help to take some of the stress away and bolster your self-esteem can be a real godsend for busy mums. Take a load off, grab a cup of tea and learn more about our favourite empowering resources for women.
Empowering apps for women
Find Sisterhood – The beauty of FS is that everything you share is completely anonymous. FS prides itself on being an untraceable, safe and judgement-free resource to help women around the world to connect on issues that affect us all.
Hey! Vina – Vina is all about empowering women to come together and tap into the power of being part of a supportive global community. It’s also great for making friends locally if you’ve recently relocated or regularly travel for work.
Life360 – This fantastic app enables you to protect and connect with the people that matter most. Life360 syncs your family into a private, invite-only circle where you can share locations. It’ll even let you know if anyone’s phone battery is running low.
Cozi – This family organiser app is super useful. You can keep track of family events and activities, store recipes, plan meals and shop for ingredients.
Clue – Track your menstrual cycle with Clue. You can also get fertile window predictions via the app which are based on the latest science.
Goodbudget – It’s a clever budget planner that enables you to spend, save and give towards what matters to you. You can also sync and share budgets, save for big expenses and pay off debts.
Argus – This healthy lifestyle app has many functions that can help you to make positive changes. It can track your steps, act as a calorie counter, monitor your sleep and provide get fit inspiration via a library of workout options
General empowering apps
Gratitude – A truly lovely idea. Gratitude is a personal journal app where you can write about things that you are grateful for. Being grateful and expressing gratitude helps to focus your attention on the positive things in your life.
Habit List – Another nifty app to add to your iOS device is Habit List. It has everything you need to reach your goals–providing motivation and helping you to stay focused.
Bloom – If you’re a fan of music, Bloom is for you. It allows you to create unique melodies simply by tapping on the screen. Alternatively, leave Bloom idle and a generative music player will take over providing compositions with accompanying visualisations.
Weekdone - Weekdone is a team planning app that’s great for helping to make everyone feel more connected. You can set structured goals, check weekly progress and improve your team’s coordination.
Headspace – Headspace is an award-winning app that teaches you how to meditate in just a few minutes a day. Meditation has been shown to help us stress less, focus more and sleep better.
5 Minute Yoga Workout – want to practice yoga more often but can’t find the time? Now you can! This app for iOS devices is excellent. Each session offers a selection of simple but effective poses and the clear images and detailed advice will help you to perform each pose correctly.
Empowering books for women
The Survival Girls by Ming Holden – You’ll be incredibly moved and inspired by the Survival Girls who turn their stories of abuse into empowerment in the refugee community.
Bossypants by Tina Fey – Comedy queen Ms Fey’s first book is an hilarious and awesome read that will have you weeping with laughter and punching the air with joy in equal measure.
In The Land of Invisible Women by Quanta Ahmed – The power and resilience of women is captured in this compelling book by Dr Quanta Ahmed. Quanta is a western-trained Muslim Pakistani doctor who brings alive what it means for women to live in the Saudi Kingdom.
One Day, All Children by Wendy Kopp – This remarkable book charts the rising up of 21-year-old Wendy from her dorm room at Princeton University. Fed up with the system, she decided to launch a movement to improve public education in America.
Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling – she’s the creator and star of The Mindy Project and in WNM, Mindy shares her journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life. It’s insightful, deeply personal and as you might expect, very funny. You’ll be amazed at her resilience.
A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown – Cupcake’s memoir is an astonishing read. It’s incredibly frank, genuinely affecting and at times,
The Art of Asking: How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer - expanding on her phenomenally popular TED talk, Amanda encourages readers to perfect the forgotten art of asking in this New York Times bestselling book.