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 feel a whole lot more stress and anxiety. With all that social media scrolling usually comes comparison, information overload and loss of time in the real world.
It’s not just social media that conflicts with our introvert minds, but a myriad of daily tasks, responsibilities and adulting to boot.
Mindfulness tools that are perfect for introverts
So let’s chuck all that aside for a second and focus on being a little more mindful. Because these days, it’s absolutely essential for us to think proactively about our mental state and how we’re doing throughout the day.
Which is why, dear introvert, I’ve put together a list of 5 mindfulness tools that are perfect for introverts.
1. Stop, Breathe and Think app
When it comes to mindfulness, most people think of meditation first. Stop, Breathe and Think is my favourite of all the meditation apps on the market. I’ve tried the big names and personally, this one strikes me as the best.
When you first open it, the app asks you how you’re feeling. Not only does this simple feature remind you to check in with your state of mind, but it also acts as a personal journal – one you can check again and again. Then, it gives you a meditation based on those feelings.
All you then have to do is 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.
2. Fabulous app
Fabulous is one of those apps you just have to try. It uses science to help you implement better routines and structures in your life, all while creating better habits. It also claims to be able to help you rewire your brain.
Essentially, Fabulous is a little life coach in your pocket.
But we’re talking mindfulness here. When you first load up the app, it asks you a series of questions to help determine what tasks/advice it will give you. It’s here that you can select things that relate to your self-esteem, focus, sense of self and more.
If you’re into gamifying your life, then this is the app for you.
3. A notepad and pen
This may seem silly to include but it’s truly one of the best mindfulness tools you could ever need. A notepad and pen can be used for daily journaling, writing prompts, letters to your future self and more.
Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.Psych Central
Need a few prompts? Grab your notepad and answer a few of these questions and see how you feel:
- What is truly worth focusing on today? What is NOT?
- What’s something that you’re grateful to have, that you didn’t have a year ago?
- Think of a grateful moment you shared with someone this month.
4. The Astral Hustle with Cory Allen podcast
If you’re looking for some passive mindfulness while working or doing daily chores, then there’s nothing better than a serene podcast like The Astral Hustle to get you through.
Cory Allen is not only a meditation teacher, but he’s a music producer too, so you can bet his podcast is a joy to listen to. Not only that, but he talks about mindfulness practices and daily life with some really interesting experts and people from all walks of life.
5. Headspace on YouTube
We all know that Headspace is a great mindfulness app, but it also happens to host a great YouTube channel too. Depending on your mindfulness tastes, you can watch workout videos, guided meditations, educational videos and sleep videos without having to spend any money.
So there you have it, 5 of my personal favourite mindfulness tools that work well for introverts. But here’s the thing, mindfulness and working out how to make it work for you, isn’t as easy as finding a bunch of tools.
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