I took a deep breath of fresh air on the top of a mountain, looked at the clear blue sky and felt grounded… only to open my eyes to the ring of a bell indicating I finished my meditation. I wasn’t on the mountaintop or yoga studio but in the comfort of my own house.
Conversation around mental health is becoming less taboo which truly deserves a round of applause. People are learning more and more about how to maintain a level of self-care that keeps their head above water. Of course, mindfulness and meditation are impactful ways that people seek a moment to themselves. After trying and failing to meditate on my own, not being able to focus or initially finding it to be a waste of time, I came across the help of smartphone apps that changed my mind:
Stop, Breathe & Think
I can only start the list off with my favorite. It was the first one I’d ever used and I am still loyal to it today. From meditations about gratefulness to compassion, anxiety and sleep, more than 55 short guided meditations keep your mind busy. Feel accomplished through the stickers and awards for your progress.
Another great app, Calm has a wide range of options to choose from as well. These meditations and soothing sounds range up to 25 minutes. One of the best features of this app is the relaxed breathing exercises.
Headspace is truly geared for beginners as it has specified tracks introducing the meditation world. This app also lets you connect with others to keep up with each other’s progress.
Guided by a range of instructors, this app is easy to tailor to your likings. Customize your background music and select the meditation that best fits your emotions.
Once I started using an app to guide my meditation, I instantly fell in love. I used it to start and end my day. Although I knew of the positive mental effects of various mindfulness techniques, it wasn’t until it became a part of my daily life that I realized the growth of my mental health. If you struggle with feeling at ease, try implanting these apps into your daily routine.