Our favorite mental health apps
Our favorite mindfulness apps
Taking time for yourself, plan a self-care day, say no more often - all these are things we hear a lot more often in correlation with mental health. Taking care of ourselves and listening more to our thoughts and emotions is an ability that seems to become increasingly important in today’s day and age.
Until just a few years ago, mental health was a taboo topic that was not to be talked about. Seeking and getting help was more complicated and required an effort to get a therapy spot. Today, the focus lies more on getting help instantly and being in control of the measures. Apps have been an incredible help in the field of mental health and we’d like to share with you our favorite sources.
Headspace: One of the most known mindfulness and meditation apps has been around for a while and for good reason. The simple, guided meditations offered are ideal for anyone just starting out and wanting to learn the basics of meditation but with the paid plan, you’re given access to a huge amount of meditation sessions that cover different areas such as stress and anxiety, personal growth, life challenges, and special meditations to help you sleep. Their kids and parenting section also offers meditations for children grouped by age and sessions pregnancy meditations. All in all, Headspace is one of our favorite choices when it comes to practicing mindfulness, plus we love Andy Puddicombe’s voice (he’s the person behind the brilliant meditations) and feel instantly calmer just by him guiding us through the 10-minute session. If you’re in a hurry or feel like you can’t sit still for 10-20 minutes, there are sessions only lasting between 3-5 minutes, so there’s really something for everyone here.
Calm: Another very frequently used app, that focuses specifically on sleep and stress reduction. Naturally, picking up meditation as a tool to become calmer and more relaxed is a great way to getting there and all sorts of meditations can be a huge help here. However, sleep is such a sensitive topic and especially when you’re pregnant, getting a restful night’s sleep can be quite the challenge. As with Headspace, we believe that there is something for everyone’s taste - even if you just like to listen to the ambient noise of rain falling or crashing waves. Calm also offers session specifically designed for kids, which is a great way to introduce your little one(s) early to the practice of mindfulness and to aid in getting a good night’s sleep.
Expectful: A meditation app just for the journey of motherhood - what’s not to love? Expectful takes a science-backed approach to prepare you to either conceive, guide you through pregnancy and motherhood. The idea behind Expectful is that especially new mums are in need of a healthy mind. Also great: For every subscription purchased, they’ll give one to someone in need, positively impacting three other people: your baby, another expectant woman, and her baby - we love this idea of passing on the benefits of mental wellness and making it part of our culture and community.
The bottom line is, no matter how much you think you need help in calming your mind, sorting through your thoughts or generally becoming a bit more mindful of your emotions, technology can be a huge help in getting to a calmer place. We talk so much about how technology has invaded our lives and how we need to be using it less but we've found these apps to help us develop a better relationship with our phones.
Do you have any favorite apps you like to use for meditation or focus? We’d love to hear about them in the comments.