Meditation apps are a great supplement to a mindfulness practice. Take Headspace, for instance. This app has it all — guided meditation, mini-meditation, sleep sounds, SOS meditation for emergencies, and even meditation for children. Then, there’s Calm, which provides guided meditation sessions ranging from three minutes to 25 minutes. Wish to meditate with sounds of nature? Calm has it. Also, there’s Insight Timer, which has has over 5,000 mindfulness teachers, like Lucy Draper-Clarke, Sadhguru, among others, to help you.
Not only does journaling help you catalogue your thoughts, it also helps you track them and figure out a pattern. If you’re looking for journaling apps, look no further than Day One, that, with a few taps, helps you enter your thoughts along with photos, location, steps taken, and even the music you were playing at the time. Moodnotes helps you track your moods. When you open the app, it asks “how are you?”, and you scroll down and pick the smiley that best describes your mood. Once you pick that mood, Moodnotes lets you enter feelings and thoughts associated with that mood. This helps you avoid thinking traps, and identify your triggers. If you’re too busy to journal, Momento is your best bet. All you have to do is link up your social media accounts with the app, and each entry on every platform, gets added to Momento.
Don’t have anyone to talk to when you feel your resolve slipping, and feel like you’re falling back to your addiction habits? While no app should be used as an alternative for addiction therapy or rehab, here are some that can help you manage it if you are already in therapy, while you wait for the lockdown to ease. Twenty-Four Hours a Day oers 366 meditations from the book of the same name, and aids people in recovery from addiction to focus on sobriety. Then, there’s Quit That! This free-to-use app helps users track and monitor their progress. You can track as many vices as you want, and keep a record of how many minutes, hours, days, weeks or years it has been since you quit an addiction.
Can you be breathing wrong? Apparently, yes. In Yogic practices, wrong breathing leads to stale breath. Breathe2Relax is an app that guides you through scientific breathing exercises, and also includes a graphing function that enables you to figure out what causes you stress. Universal Breathing – Pranayama, uses animation and music to guide you through deep breathing exercises from the beginner level to higher levels, which are increasingly dicult, but essential for your mental health.
With social media and editing apps giving a false sense of body structure, the level of body dysmorphia has increased drastically. Thankfully, so has the conversation around it. Recovery Record helps you keep a record of all the meals you eat, and how they make you feel. Rise Up and Recover also allow you to track your meals and how you feel when you eat them but with this app, through podcasts, playlists, and inspirational quotes, you get coping strategies to deal with body dysmorphia, and to deal with the urge to ignore the correct and clinically approved calorific intake. Lifesum allows you to set personal goals about eating healthy, building muscle, and tracking the number of steps you take per day. It also reminds you to drink water and eat regularly throughout the day.