With more and more of us working from home, or still furloughed, and dealing with the uncertainty of what’s happening in the world, it’s become more important than ever to look after our mental health. And believe it or not, tech can play an important role in helping support it…
Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword but research shows that it’s proven to help reduce anxiety and depression. In fact, according to the NHS website, paying more attention to the present moment, and to thoughts and feelings, helps to improve mental wellbeing, enabling us to enjoy life and understand ourselves better.
In the absence of face-to-face support, there’s a wide range of apps on the AppStore to arm users with practical tools and coping strategies. Some are free and can be easily downloaded onto an iPhone, iPad and/or Apple Watch. There are some designed specially for teens and children, as well as audio apps and mindfulness journals for those who prefer to track or document their feelings.
Here are just a few of the most popular mindfulness apps, available on the AppStore:
Calm 4.8/5 1M Reviews
‘Take a deep breath’ is the opening phrase that greets you when you launch this app. As well as daily guided meditations, the app focuses on sleep, meditation, and relaxation, helping users improve their sleep – the app even has a sleep button with soothing bedtime stories – some narrated by celebrities – and nature sounds to help lull you into relaxed slumber…
Headspace 4.9/5 679k Reviews
Get happy. Stress less. Sleep soundly. Headspace is your guide to mindfulness for your everyday life. Learn meditation and mindfulness skills & choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety to sleep, focus, and mind-body health. There are meditations for every experience level and lifestyle — including short, 3-minute sessions that fit seamlessly into a busy schedule.
Colorfy 4.8/5 262.2k Reviews
This relaxation app is ideal for everyone, especially stressed teens. Join over 25 million users in a relaxing experience, with over 1000 images to choose from – mandalas, florals, animals, patterns, cats, gardens, famous paintings etc – you can distract your anxious thoughts and immerse yourself in the beautiful designs.
MyLife Meditation (formerly Stop, Breathe & Think) 4.7/5 3.2k Reviews
Award-winning meditation and mindfulness app with over 4.5 million downloads designed to help you find your quiet place. It allows you to check in with how you’re feeling, and recommends short guided meditations and mindfulness activities, tuned to your emotions.
The Mindfulness App 4.85/5 15.8k Reviews
Start your journey to a more relaxed and healthier state of mind with The Mindfulness App. Whether you are just starting out or experienced in meditation, The Mindfulness App is used by millions of meditators in over 130 countries and promises to help you become more present in your daily life.