Staying in the moment or taking a moment to catch your breath in a stressful situation can help you check yourself before you wreck yourself. Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzz word, but taking time to actively be in the moment can help reduce stress and anxiety. There are lots of apps out there that can help you be mindful, or simply track how your daily actions relate to your mood. Most have a premium option, but usually there are lots of benefits and features included in the free version that make it work just fine.
Stop, Breathe & Think: Meditate
This app is one of my favorites. I use this every night before I go to bed. When you open the app, it asks you to take 10 seconds to think about how you feel. Based on how you’re feeling, it recommends guided meditation exercises. Or, you can choose from their long list of meditation & yoga sessions to help you decompress. These vary in length, usually between 2 minutes and 10 minutes. I love this app because even though they offer a premium version, there is tons of free content.
This app offers some free meditations, but I love it for the mood tracking. It asks you how you’re feeling, and you just let the app know. It lets me take a moment to think about how I’m doing. You can also track your habits through the app, and it keeps track of how your habits relate to your mood. It also has a section for journaling with different journaling activities, which helps you to connect with how you’re feeling in a different way. They also have a paid version, but I think the free version is just fine.
Fabulous is a little different—its goal is to take you on a journey to set better habits for yourself. This app helped me to consistently eat a good breakfast and get some exercise in the morning, which is no small feat before 8 a.m. It gives you baby steps that build off each other to help you change your routine. It also has a paid version, but I haven’t gotten far enough to find a true need for it.
Headspace: Meditation and Mindfulness
This is one of the most popular mindfulness apps for good reason—it has adorable artwork and the guided meditation voice is quite charming. It teaches you how to meditate. Learning how to meditate is a valuable skill that you can bring into your life at any time to help manage stress, relax, or even sleep better. If you’re new to meditating, then this app will help teach you how. They too have premium features, but I’ve only tried the free version and it seems pretty comprehensive.
So, grab your phone, download one of these apps, and take a moment every day for yourself. Soon, you’ll find your mind a little quieter, and sometimes that’s all we need.
By Ashley Rammelsberg