In my past posts you’ve probably noticed I’ve mentioned that I used apps from time to time. While using apps is not the only way to practice mindfulness, it can be very helpful for beginners. They allow you to learn the basic techniques of mindfulness. What’s even better is that a lot of these apps (or at least some of the features of these apps) can be used for free.
Now sure using apps is all fine and good, but then your next question arises: Which one do you get?
It’s true there are many different options to choose from. I have tried many of these different options, and each has their own unique qualities to offer. Obviously trying out each of these apps can be a lot of work, and many of them just may not be the right one for you. So to save you the trouble of having to try out all these apps, I’ve already done so and took the time to outline the features of each of these apps. It’s important to note that while I will give my personal opinion, I will also do my best to be unbiased while explaining the details of these apps.
This is a simple app but it’s really great if you’re also into fitness. The idea of the app is to balance your physical well being with your mental well being. The app tracks your steps everyday for the physical health portion. For the mental health portion, it provides a short list of meditations that you can choose from. This app also allows you to track your mood throughout the day. You can also set goals for daily steps and weekly meditation minutes. The one thing thats kind of cool about this app is that the mental and physical portions are each represented by two circles. The closer you are to meeting your goals the more the circles will overlap. The goal is to get the circles to completely overlap and be “centered”. This is a great app if you’re a goal oriented person and like seeing those goals come to life. This app even has a watch app which makes it even easier to track your steps.
The best part of this app? All the content is completely free!
This app is divided into different sections, and each can be used for a different purpose. The section the app opens with is titled “Series.” It gives suggestions of series of guided meditations that can be used for a variety of purposes. There are a variety of meditations with topics ranging from morning, to work breaks, to students, to improving sleep. The next section is titled “on the go.” This is probably my favorite part of this app. In this section, the app asks, “What are you doing?” It gives you a list of options including: morning, commute, at work, tough day, sleep, and SOS. From here it asks more specific questions about your situation to come up with a single meditation that fits your situation. You can also choose how long you want the meditation to be. There is also another section called “teachers” where you can search for meditations based on who’s guiding you. The app also keeps track of your sessions and allows you to challenge your friends to be mindful as well.
Some of the meditations are only available with the pro subscription, however a lot of the content is available for free.
Stop, Breathe & Think
This is actually the first mindfulness app that I used. This one really focuses on being aware of how you’re feeling. Before doing a meditation, it has you dim the screen for ten-seconds and think about how you’re feeling. Then you are asked how you are feeling both physically and mentally, and it asks you to select up to five emotions to describe how you’re feeling. From there it selects specific meditations to fit your needs. This app also offers a tutorial on how to meditate so I would certainly recommend it for beginners. Of course, if you have a favorite meditation you can also go straight to it in the “explore” section. The app even keeps track of how you’re feeling, your meditation streak, and gives you stickers for achieving different goals. They even have a special app for kids which includes special shorter meditations.
The only downside is that this app has a much smaller selection of meditations that are available for free.
There are many other apps out there, but these are three that I’ve tried and currently have on my phone. I encourage you to try out one of these apps today. Also, be sure to share this article with your friends so that they can learn about these great apps.
Have you tried these apps? What did you think of them? Have you tried other apps that you really liked? If so, what were they? Let me know in the comments!
A mental health journey through mindfulness