7 great apps for mindfulness and self-care
Those little notifications on phones can be really annoying! We thought we'd look into improving our relationships with notifications by finding some apps that provide welcome and wholesome distraction. Here is a run down of our favourite apps which aid wellbeing and stimulate positive thoughts and habits.
Headspace is a guided meditation app that can teach even skeptics the benefits of taking a few minutes to be mindful every day. It bills itself as a personal trainer for the mind and offers general guided meditations plus ones that are specifically for things like sleep, work performance, grief, creativity, and relationships.
Calm in all senses of the word. You’ll learn how to master your breathing and reduce stress and anxiety. You can choose mediations that vary in length from three to 25 minutes, so you can fit them into your schedule accordingly, and topics include managing stress, deep sleep, and self-esteem — among many others.
3. Stop, Breathe & Think
Meditation & mindfulness to help you build the emotional strength and confidence to handle life's ups and downs. Stop, Breathe & Think, the app for daily meditation & mindfulness, has a unique approach that allows you to check in with your emotions, and then recommends short, guided meditations, yoga and acupressure videos, tuned to how you feel.
Through lovely and encouraging push notifications, Aloe Bud brings awareness to the little important ways to take care of yourself, such as drinking water, eating, and reaching out to friends. With its cute no-frills approach to self-care, it's perfect for people who deal with depression or other mental health issues that make looking after yourself difficult.
Based on cognitive behavioural therapy, this app lets you rate and track your mood over time and record your thoughts in order to identify thinking patterns and discover and track possible triggers. It also has guided deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercises, daily anti-anxiety experiments, and a place to track health goals.
We could all benefit from being a little happier, but how do we make it happen? Happify uses fun weekly activities to help you break old patterns and form new healthy habits, allowing you to cope better with stress and conquer negative thoughts.
If you’re looking for daily motivational texts and a big selection of self-improvement audio (on topics including productivity, mindfulness, and improving sleep), Shine is the self-care app for you. It can help you de-stress, lower anxiety, and feel better overall. You can save your favourite texts, too, so that you can look at them as many times as you need to. The app has a gratitude element, as well, where you can track your gratitude each day. You can also try a Shine Challenge, a seven-day audio challenge to get you to go deeper on a select self-care topic.