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.
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.
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!
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?