With Global Wellness Day on Saturday 9th June, LID Publishing will be talking about Wellbeing on the blog this week. Today’s blog focuses on the best Apps for Self-Preservation and mental wellbeing.
What is Mental Wellbeing?
Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with daily life. Mental wellbeing is dynamic and can change over a day, month or year.
Why is Wellbeing important?
If you have good mental wellbeing you are able to:
- feel relatively confident in yourself
- have positive self-esteem
- feel and express a range of emotions
- build and maintain good relationships with others
- feel engaged with the world and adapt in times of change and uncertainty
- be productive and cope with the stresses of daily lif
For more information on wellbeing visit Mind’s website.
What are the best apps to improve my Wellbeing?
Headspace was officially launched in 2010 as an events company, but attendees wanted to take what they learned home with them. Andy, Rich, and a small team decided to make Andy’s techniques available online so more people could experience the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere. And that blossomed into the Headspace you see today: guided meditations, animations, articles and videos, all in the distinct Headspace style.
You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with our free Basics pack. If you enjoy it, then you can subscribe. Once you do, you’ll have bite-sized minis for when you’re short on time, singles to add some extra mindfulness to your day, and hundreds of meditations for everything from stress to sleep.
Calm‘s mission is to make the world happier and healthier, and since they are the #1 app for mindfulness and wellness, with over 22 million downloads and over 200,000 5-star reviews, they are doing something right. They were also recently named both Apple’s App of the Year and Editors’ Choice by Google Play – and to be ranked by a recent study of 200,000 iPhone users by the Center for Humane Technology as “the world’s happiest app”.
The app will help you relax, meditate and sleep. They recommend you begin with the 7 Days of Calm, our free introductory program that offers the basics of meditation. With that foundation, you can explore the library of sessions and programs, which address themes such as sleep, focus, and gratitude.
There’s also our most popular feature, the Daily Calm. Thousands of people around the world start their day with these 10-minute sessions, each of which explores a new topic or theme. It’s a great way to develop a regular practice.
3. Stop, Breathe & Think
We are the emotional wellness platform for the “under 25” generation. At Stop, Breathe & Think, we believe that when more people find peace of mind, it makes the world a better place. Our mission is to help kids, teens and young adults build the emotional strength to tackle life’s ups and downs.
SBT is an award winning app that helps you find peace of mind anywhere. It allows you to check in with how you are filling and recommends short activities and guided meditations tuned to those emotions.
To further their mission of bringing greater wellbeing to all, they share 10% of their net revenue with Tools for Peace, a non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth experience the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
This app is designed to fit into your daily routine, so if anyone is struggling to check in on their wellbeing during our hectic days – this one is for you. It advocates a fresh and practical approach for busy people to learn mindfulness meditation. Use the app to practice during your daily routines and turn “down-time” into me-time. Reduce distractions and train your focus, distress and recharge yourself, improve your work and personal relationships. Be mindful anytime, anywhere with MindFi.
With shorter 3 minute sessions, to longer 10 minute sessions as well as timers to help you focus at your task at hand it can boost your day-to-day with snippets of mindfulness. It also has a great feature where you grow a virtual Bonsai tree in tandem with the time you meditate, and also has an extensive library of content to learn more about wellbeing and its practices you can use.
Give it a go…
Wellbeing and Mindfulness are important for us all and it takes so little time to practice mindfulness everyday. Challenge yourself this week to practice mindfulness a little everyday and soon you will start to notice the difference.
Posted by Francesca Stainer
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