5 Mindfulness Apps To Keep You Positive

Our top 5 mindfulness apps to help you stay positive - from dealing with anxiety to sleep deprivation! - Words by Hayley S / pictures by Hayley...

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Let’s be honest, we’re all very good at giving other people advice when it comes to staying positive and being mindful, but we’re not necessarily so good at taking it ourselves. Although we may not admit it, sometimes we need that helping hand to keep our minds on track, to stay calm and be positive. Now I reckon not many people have the time or the patience to sit down and read a self-help book... Am I right? Well, with the wonderful developments of technology, you can skip the book shops, trawling through the internet and paying out a fortune for a lifestyle guru or private meditation lessons. The motivation to focus on your wellbeing and keeping positive is just at your fingertips, literally.. Here I have shortlisted some of the best FREE apps to download to your phone to help keep you positive, focused and RELAXED.

HEADSPACE

Over 1 million downloads

What it aims to do: Make meditation and relaxing simple, a way of treating your head right.

Similar to Calm, this app provides you with meditation techniques, soundtracks and mental exercises. Unlike Calm however, Headspace includes video animations and allows you to track your progress along with your friends or family. By sharing your journey, it’s a great way of encouraging each other and keeping motivated. There are also three sections just for kids, aged 5 and under, 6-8 and 9-12, with interactive games, videos and animations to develop their mental wellbeing in a fun and interactive way. You can chat with other users, view scientific facts on the benefits of being mindful and set yourself reminders so you don’t forget that ‘you time’. The basic package is free, but should you wish to expand the modules available to you then there is a small monthly fee; however for each subscription Headspace donates a portion of this fee to charity. Think of it as a gym membership for the mind.

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CALM - Over 1 million downloads

What it aims to do: Help you meditate, sleep and relax.

A lot of you may be more familiar with the book by the same name (on sale in Urban Outfitters if you wanted to get your hands on it). Whilst the book is easy to read and invites you to be interactive, it is considerably limited in regards to the support it can give you. The app on the other hand allows you to focus on specific areas relatable to you, whether it be to reduce anxiety, improve your focus, increase your happiness or reduce stress.  It includes free meditation recordings, breathing techniques and calming soundtracks.

Gratitude Journal Over 100,000 downloads

What is aims to do: Make you become happier and more successful by making you practice exercises from positive psychology

Unlike the other apps, this one is not about meditation, breathing exercises or videos/recordings. This app is as it says; a journal. It provides you with space under individual subheadings to write how you are feeling, what you are grateful for, how things could be worse etc. This app encourages you to see past the negative and makes you look at what positives there are in your life.Each topic/subheading is scheduled in to be completed on a recurring schedule, keeping you in the habit of positive thinking and gradually changing your outlook on the stresses of day to day life.

Stop, Breathe and Think

 Over 500,000 downloads

What is aims to do: Helps you take a break to reduce stress and anxiety.

First of all, I think the graphics on this app are ADORABLE, but that’s just me. Unlike the other two apps I have mentioned however, this one asks you questions about how you are feeling, letting you look at your emotions objectively and making you think more about what is making you feel that way. Based on your results, it will then suggest specific exercises and tasks to do relating to the feelings you are experiencing in that moment. You can track your progress, share with others and collect stickers for each achievement/milestone reached. This app would be best for teenagers or young adults, as it doesn’t over complicate things and it’s easily relatable and as I said – CUTE GRAPHICS!

7 Cups of Tea

Over 100,000 downloads

What it aims to do: Provide you with free emotional support.

Sometimes we need to talk to someone, but not necessarily someone that we know. We just need someone who is impartial just to listen, not to judge, but provide encouragement. Counselling is expensive if you go private and can take over 6 weeks to be arranged via the NHS. 7 Cups of Tea is like an instant messenger counselling service. Whether you’re just having a bad day, need relationship advice or feeling low, you can instantly message a trained professional who will listen to you without passing judgement. At the time of my log in there were currently over 11 million conversations in progress. The app also includes breathing and mindfulness exercises, targeting certain areas for improvement, whether it be anxiety, stress, depression or problems with sleep.


There are many more apps available out there and we will be featuring an app each fortnight in the FMIF newsletter, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

If you know of any other apps that encourage positive thinking and mindfulness then share below! What are your favourite mindfulness apps?

13 Comments

  1. Suze - Luxury Columnist 10th October 2016 / 1:40 pm

    I’m going to check out the Gratitude Journal and 7 Cups of Tea – seriously, what a great name for an app!

    • Hayley 10th October 2016 / 2:36 pm

      Isn’t it just?! Definitely check them out lovely – both are great and much loved by our writer; Hayley! x

    • Hayley 10th October 2016 / 7:21 pm

      So glad to hear that you love the app too lady! Hope you enjoy the others 🙂 x

    • Hayley 10th October 2016 / 7:21 pm

      Definitely download it love, hope you find it helpful! 🙂 x

  2. Cara 10th October 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I’ve only heard of Headspace out of these but wow 7 Cups Of Tea sounds like the most amazing idea! As an anxiety sufferer I’ll definitely be checking it out xx
    http://www.britishmermaid.com

    • Hayley 11th October 2016 / 3:14 pm

      So glad to hear that Cara – let us know how you find the app 🙂 x

  3. Jenny Cole 11th October 2016 / 8:21 pm

    I’ve tried Calm before, but never any of the others, and they all sound great! I’ve just downloaded all of them (apart from Gratitude Journal, as I couldn’t seem to find the free one). I definitely need to sign up to your newsletter to hear about more apps! I need to work out how to do it, as it sounds like a newsletter that would be right up my street!

    Jenny xx

    http://www.jaffacat.co.uk

    • Hayley 11th October 2016 / 11:11 pm

      So glad to hear you’ve downloaded them lovely – let us know what you think! If you just enter your email in the bottom right hand corner where it says ‘subscribe’ you’ll receive our first newsletter this Friday 🙂 x

  4. Sam 12th October 2016 / 10:53 am

    I’ve used Headspace for a while now, but hadn’t heard of the others. 7 Cups of Tea looks brilliant, I’ll definitely be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing these – great post! =) X

    • Hayley 12th October 2016 / 11:29 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment Sam – we hope you enjoy the apps 🙂 x

  5. Sophie 16th October 2016 / 9:04 am

    I use all of these apps and can say that I fully would recommend them too! I teach a subject called Wellbeing to teenage children and have got them on some of the apps and the progress that they are making by using them is beautiful to see. Another app that I would recommend is buddhify. It is a meditation based app but you pick a category that you need- difficult emotions, travelling, eating, work break, can’t sleep etc and it has 5 meditations within each category. I am obsessed and use it daily!

    What a wonderful post. Keep sharing the light.

    Sophie X

    http://www.sophieblunt.com

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