As life gets busier and we juggle more, our stress levels rise. Although removing ourselves from the digital world at times is important, we can also benefit from the many apps available for our smart phones that will help us to remember, relax and regroup. Some focus on teaching kids about breathing and de-stressing too! Mindfulness may be the latest buzz word but we promise there is science behind it it will help if you just make some time each day. Check out our four favourite below:
Headspace is a personal trainer for your brain to help you achieve mindful meditation. What is mindful meditation I hear you ask well according to Headspace, it is a way of using your mind that activates the REST AND DIGEST part of our nervous system helping with different areas of your life including stress, creativity, focus, anxiety and relationships.
Smiling Mind focuses on helping young-people to achieve balance in their lives (although there is plenty in there for adults as well). The great thing about this app is that it allows you to choose your age group so that everyone in the family can enjoy it. Offering various tips and tricks as you work through the programs.
Unlike the other apps we've mentioned, You allows you to interact and gain support within the worlds most positive community. With four key categories mind, food, move and love it allows you to focus on taking small steps in specific areas to improve your overall wellbeing. The manifesto of this company is small-steps to happier, healthier you and their focus on small things is great for a time of the year where everyone is super busy. So whatever action you choose to create in whatever category, you'll be sure to find inspiration in the stories of others, and the support to help you get the most out of your day.
Available as both an app and on the website, Rainy Mood is the ultimate form of white-noise . Put it on while you're studying or just having a rest and let the sound of rain and storms wash over you, safe in the knowledge that you're not going to get wet! The website has a collection of beautiful rainy pictures to get you in the mood as well as a feature that let's you embed it in your site. The App is great because you can alter the level of rain vs. storm noises to suit your mood, as well as listen to todays music so that you can tailor it to every mood. You can even play the sound through your car stereo if your phone connects great for helping kids fall asleep on long road trips!
What are some ways that you like to keep calm and stress-free? What's your favourite mindfulness app?