In the spirit on Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought I would share with you my favourite mindfulness apps. These have all been tested and loved by myself. Yes, while growing a very successful business at such a young age may appear that I absolutely live the life, perception isn’t always real. A day never goes by where the self-doubts roll in or the anxious energy builds in my stomach. I have my fair share of absolute ‘fart’ days, I get up and plan to take over the world but hang on, my mind had a completely different idea. Instead of ticking off the 129 things on my to-do list, I spend the day worrying about how I can control the weather and ask the universe to send some sun.
Over the past few years, my secret has been that I am continuously trying to learn to master and control my mind. Trust me, it is no easy task. But the techniques I have learned, a lot which are taught in these apps below, have saved me from many, many breakdowns. We are all human and mental illness is far more common than you think. We aren’t alone and help is always there.
This app is the first meditation app I ever used. It’s so great as it teaches you to step by step how to meditate. I really recommend starting off doing their 12-day challenge, after using it consistently for nearly two weeks I had really started to see the positive impact just 10 minutes a day of meditation had on my mental health.
Moment is an app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit. I found that the days I was really anxious were also the days where I spent the majority of my time on my phone. It helped me break some really bad habits and concentrate on being more present, rather than picking up my phone when my spare few minutes of the day.
I am not a big yogi but I have definitely seen the benefit of having a quick flow before I start my day. I am seriously not even flexible in the slightest and I am sure my neighbours are having a laugh at me while I am downward dogging on my back deck. BUT, for me, taking 10 minutes to flow is more of a self-love ritual. This app, along with my new favourite products from Eunoia, has helped me created a beautiful morning routine. It is just ‘me time’ where I can connect to my breath, start the day off calmer than what I normally would and regardless of what shit gets thrown at me throughout the day, I know that at least I did that one thing for myself.
As my partner says to me all the time, he can’t even try meditating because he gets frustrated that his thoughts keep popping up. Firstly, meditation isn’t about stopping your thoughts, however, this app is great to introduce you to the mediation process as they are guided and more of a visualisation. I now use this app daily and love using their ‘eyes open’ techniques to get me out of the 3pm slump each day.
This game is so cute and fun. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.
I hope you enjoy these apps as much as I have. I would also love to hear what your favourite mindfulness apps are.