I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a web series called “Mind Full” where I shared my journey as an influencer uncovering new ways of looking at social media and tackling important topics such as mental health. As part of this series, I met with wellness and mental health experts, and shared my newfound knowledge of positive online usage and wellbeing with you. I was fortunate enough to also interview the founders and CEO’s of some fantastic evidence-based mindfulness apps and learn more about how to successfully sift through the growing number of resources available, in order to find ones that actually work!
Here are 5 of my favourite apps for improving your mental health and reducing work/study stress:
- Smiling Mind: I’ve used this app for a year now and absolutely love it! Personally, I prefer to sit down and do a short 5-6 minute mindfulness exercise to start my day, however you can use their guided meditations as a way to boost your focus, re-energize, or take a quick and effective work break.
- MoodMission: MoodMission is another evidence-based app designed to empower you to overcome low moods and anxiety by discovering new and better ways of coping. When you tell MoodMission how you're feeling, it gives you a tailored list of 5 simple, quick, effective, evidence-based Missions to improve your mood.
- Calm: I’ve used the Calm app for almost a year now and even purchased their book! The app has over 100 guided meditations for reducing stress, increasing mindfulness and promoting a better night’s sleep. It also contains music and bedtime stories!
- Quality Time: Ok, this app is a must! If you have an iphone then I believe there is another app called ‘Moments’ but for all you Android owners out there, please go and download this app. It keeps track of all your app usage and let’s you monitor how often you unlock your phone. I added it to my phone earlier this year when I noticed I kept checking social media all too frequently and feeling like I never switched off.
- Gratitude Journal: I’ve always found a huge benefit in writing down my gratitudes or at least trying to be more mindful of the positive things that happen each day. This app caught my eye because it encourages you to take note of the little things in life that you are grateful for on a day to day basis and even allows you to add photos to store your positive memories!
If you haven’t tried out these apps before and are looking for ways to use social media for good, then why not download them today and see how they can help reduce stress and increase your work/life balance?