5 Apps to Encourage Daily Mindfulness
Apparently, your phone is the source of all evil, but it can also be a great tool to encourage daily mindfulness.
Tell me if you’ve seen this scenario before:
You’ve finished work, you’re home and ready to wind down for the day. You plop down on the sofa and the first thing you do is unlock your phone. You scroll through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, whatever and you get lost in your app of choice.
I don’t know about you, but that scenario doesn’t exactly relax me. In fact, it usually makes me stressed. With all that social media scrolling usually comes comparison, information overload and loss of time in the real world.
So, to combat this, I’ve been testing 5 apps for Android and iOS that will encourage daily mindfulness and make sure that your day is as free from stress as possible.
Stop, Breathe and Think: free download (optional subscription £9.99/month), iOS/Android
When it comes to mindfulness, we think of meditation first. Stop, Breathe and Think is my favourite of these. I’ve tried the big names and found that this app has the better setup.
When you first open it, the app asks you how you’re feeling, then it gives you a meditation based on those feelings. Just set your phone on the ground and the app talks you through what you need to feel better. Once you’re done, it asks you how you’re feeling so you can track the app working its magic.
What’s better – the app doesn’t preach at you. It doesn’t tell you why meditation is good, it doesn’t force you into a subscription because it provides very little in the beginning. It just gives you what you need.
Happify: for Stress & Worry: free download (optional subscription £13.49/month) iOS/Android
Happify is the perfect app if you like the idea of improving your mental wellbeing while also having a bit of fun.
This app starts off with a quiz. It asks you a variety of questions to determine what ‘track’ you need to be on. These tracks have specific goals such as ‘conquer negative thoughts,’ and ‘cope better with stress.’ Happify claims to use science to create the most beneficial activities to increase your mental health.
It’s seriously worth checking out if you are ready to encourage your own daily mindfulness.
Aloe Bud: free download (unlockable extras from £1.99) iOS
Aloe Bud is one of the cutest and simplest apps in this list. In it’s simplest form, it helps set reminders on your phone so you can make the time to practice self-care. Its push notifications include activities for breathing, eating, resting, talking to someone, hydrating and more.
Aloe Bud is specifically made to be gentle and caring and is sadly only currently available on iOS. If you’re in need of a kind companion to help you get through the day, Aloe Bud may be for you.
Plant Nanny – Water Reminder: free download (unlockable extras from £0.99) iOS/Android
Plant Nanny is just as cute as Aloe Bud, actually, it’s cuter! Plant Nanny is a game that helps you with one very simple thing – drinking more water.
If you drink enough water throughout the day, your adorable plant will grow for you. You can add custom information depending on your daily activity levels and this will change how much water you need to drink.
As well as being super cute, Plant Nanny is a beautiful and calming app which will encourage you to drink more water in a gentle way. What more could a plant person want?!
#SelfCare: free download (unlockable extras from $0.99) iOS/Android
#SelfCare is a game for your phone that’s pretty revolutionary if I do say so myself. Like all of the apps on this list, it’s main aim is to be gentle, mindful and encouraging.
The game’s set in a bedroom and you’re hidden under the covers all cuddled up in bed. The game walks you through various activities to help you become more centred all while you remain under the covers. The amazing thing about this game is that it doesn’t force you through the activities, you can spend as much time as you like focusing on one activity. There’s no incentive to go faster, no game mechanics to push you forward.
These activities include breathing, virtual massaging, watering a plant, stroking your cat and more. The general goal of this game is not to win or lose, but to feel better. I couldn’t recommend it more.
Even if you only spend 5 minutes a day on these apps, you can bet that your mental wellbeing will start to improve over time.
There are so many amazing apps out there that you could be using to calm that beautiful mind of yours, if you know any more apps to encourage daily mindfulness, then please do leave a comment here and I’ll check them out.