Looking for a way to stick to those New Year’s resolutions of self-care and healthy living? Embrace technology and download some assistance for your mental and physical health with a few mindful apps.
Whether you’re trying to stay sane between the kid’s schedules and work or seeking a way to introduce mental health check-ins with the whole family, there are a few great apps that can help — even on the go.
For the knee-bouncing, nail-biting meditation skeptics out there, 10% Happier is a great jumping-off point for those new to the practice of calm. Try for free for seven days and if you like it, upgrade to the subscription service and unlock 500 videos and audio aids, or shift to any other of the many free options available.
The app helps those who need to take a minute to center themselves, breathe and just focus on their energy in the moment for any matter of time. It’s a great option for those who may want to dip in and out of meditation as they feel.
For those looking to make meditation a habit, either on your own or as a family, Breethe offers 10-minute sessions for beginners. The free version of the app works to instill a sense of calm and mindfulness, which can aid in sleep, anxiety and stress levels for all ages. Sometimes the simplest concepts can be the easiest to follow, stick to and, therefore, the most effective.
More for the intermediate to well-practiced mediator, Sattva Meditations & Mantras is a free app to help your family reach each of their individual mindful goals. Listen to inspiring chants focused on empowerment and confidence or drift off and destress with blissful music on your flight, train or car ride.
There are so many other options available, with a laundry list of light music, insightful mantras and helpful videos that can assist a wide variety of mindful needs, including ways to channel anxiety, reduce stress, irrational phobias, restlessness and eventually help with sleep.
With the help of mindful mobile apps, it’s easier than ever to keep up with your mental health, even on the go — and for free. Play around with the best app for you or your family and download before your next trip — the kids may already have one on their device they can suggest.