Do you handle the day better with a morning meditation? For a lot of people turning off the mind’s chatter is not so simple. Well now of course “there is an app for that” and yes your headspace can be helped along with technology. As much as we want to be away from being “connected” an app to help us get there may be a good thing. Stuart Schuffman with GEEK is a travel writer, TV host, and poet- gives us a rundown of apps with his list here:
When you consider how many startups are in California and that there’s also lots of New Age stuff going on, it makes sense that there are oodles of meditation apps. There are literally dozens of them…even Russell Simmons has one. But some are better than others. Headspace is a great place for beginners because it has a bunch of 10-minute exercises to get people into meditating. The Mindfulness App is considered by many to be the best of them all partially because of its five days guided meditation practice. Calm is great because of all the different options it has including stories that help you go to sleep.
Apps That Help You Sleep
Just as there are tons of meditation apps, there are also a ton of apps to help you sleep. With Sleep Cycle, you put it under your pillow, and it measures a whole bunch of your stuff while you sleep. Then it wakes you up at the most optimal time. Andrew Johnson has been making CDs for a long time to people relax and sleep. Now his app Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson is one of the most popular on the market. f.lux is a little different than the previous ones. Looking at a computer or phone screen is just short of staring at a light bulb with words and pictures on it. This, of course, makes it much harder to go to sleep if you’re doing so right before bed. That why f.lux exists. It’s an app you install on your Mac that gradually eliminates the blue light from your screen as it gets closer to bedtime. This makes it easier to go to sleep.
Sometimes dealing with all the wild stuff going on in your mind gets pretty difficult, but if your schedule is nuts, it’s hard to fit in therapy sessions. That’s where these apps come in. With Talkspace, you can set up individual or couples counseling with a real therapist within 24 hours. And you can do it either video chat or text. Another option is 7 Cups which offers anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained therapists and counselors. Real talk though, if you feel like you need someone to talk to do it sooner than later, whether it’s online or off.
Apps That Help You Stop Looking at Apps
One of the strangest parts of modernity is that we are addicted to our phones. I mean it makes sense since we run our lives through them.Offtime is great because it helps you block addiction apps like Facebook and it lets you choose tailored modes like Work Tome or Family Time so you can adjust what apps you have access to when. Moment enables you to set usage caps so that you limit how much time you spend on your smartphone apps each day. Like many of the other apps, BreakFree tracks your usage and breaks that info down into an “addiction score.”
What others might you add to the list? Getting into your mindful space can take many forms. It may be simply turning off the phone and taking a hike.