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Top 4 Mindfulness Apps - Therapist Approved

Mindfulness is a contender for buzzword of the year, trailing behind the one and only "self-care". Sure, we may all be tired of seeing it everywhere, but when it comes to this...society is definitely on to something. Mindfulness = better mental health & overall wellness. Here's a list of my top 4 mindfulness apps at the moment - licensed therapist approved.




So, what is mindfulness? Hint: It is not ignoring your feelings and "pushing thru".


“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience."

Jon Kabat-Zinn


Mindfulness is not as complicated as it seems. Practicing mindfulness means dedicating the time and attention to being aware of how you feel and what you are experiencing. The ins and outs of mindfulness will be explored in a future post. For now, I want to share with you my favorite mindfulness apps. They are user friendly, inventive and fun.


#1 For the largest free library & best overall (IMO)


My #1 mindfulness app recommendation is Insight Timer. It's my fav for lots of reasons, but being free just does something to my spirit. This app has it all. Insight timer offers personalized playlists, daily mood tracking, quote inspired mindfulness exercises, courses and an interactive community. There are hundreds (possibly thousands) of categories. This app caters to your needs. That is why this app is perfect for everyone. In addition to guided meditations and bedtime stories (for children and adults), you can simply use the integrated timer to meditate on your own.


#2 For those with diagnosed anxiety or depression


The Calm App is a great app filled with unique mindfulness tools. If you experience more that typical stress and struggle with depression, this app can help. The anxiety catalog is huge and easy to use. The Calm App offers mood music, movement series, masterclasses taught by experts, and a Calm Kids version. My favorite category is the "daily trip". This is a "daily meditation adventure" (Calm App). It's really fun and if you have a strong imagination you can end the meditation feeling like you actually went on an adventure. The app even includes bedtime stories narrated by well known celebrities and authors such as Danai Gurira, LeBron James, Anna Kendrick, Bob Ross & more.

 

The Calm app has a free (but limited) version and a paid version that is $69.99/year. The is a 7 day trial offer for new users. This app is rated the #1 mindfulness app for sleep and meditation.


#3 For people who like to keep is simple & focused


Headspace app is a great alternative to the previously mentioned apps. It has is easy to use and doesn't have an unnecessary amount of options. This apps is suitable for anyone who struggles with focus or has ADHD. It eliminates the fuss that can exist in the other apps that can seem a bit overwhelming. Another thing that sets Headspace apart from the other apps is its goal to help people become happier. And it works! In addition, there are anxiety courses, sleep casts, focus music and articles to supplement the exercises.

 

There is not a free version of this app but it doesn't break the bank. The annual price is $69.99 and the monthly price is $12.99


#4 For people who like to have fun (and adolescents)


90's babies rejoice! There is a mindfulness app that is a mental health replacement for our beloved Tamagotchi Pet (Giga Pet).


Finch: Self-Care Widget Pet is the single most innovative mental health app I've come across in the past 5 years or so. Everyone loves it. It has a 5/5 rating and is used by millions of people across the world. The goal here is to practice daily mindfulness and self care related tasks. Over time your baby Finch grows into an adult bird more capable of taking care of itself. You can set your own goals and practice meditation inside the app. Your Finch can be named and change outfits after you earn more points. Users love this app because it's great for teens, young adults and "grown-ups" alike. Oh and it's free. Honestly, what more can you ask for?


The Atlanta Therapist



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