Unplug Meditation (and a few great apps)

Meditation

Perhaps more so because of the current isolation situation, it seems there is a collective movement towards feeling more grounded in oneself and re-connecting to nature. The gain in personal time has shown an increase in meditation and yoga interest.

As health officials scramble for a vaccine, the foreseeable future remains unknown and for many people, this pandemic can be especially hard to deal with. Luckily, as humans, we have the capability of dealing with great adversity and to come out stronger the other side.

Mindful meditation can not only increase awareness of the body but also improve perspective and our ability to handle the situation both mentally and emotionally. 

Where to Start?

If you're not familiar with the practice, now is a perfect time to start and after all, it's easy and only takes 5-10 minutes of your day. Here is a list of 5 amazing apps to start your journey. 

1. Headspace-  Headspace is an English-American healthcare company specializing in meditation. The guided practices teach you how to breathe, meditate and live mindfully. Plugin your earphones first thing in the morning, or just before you go to sleep at night to be taken through the basics. This is a great no-nonsense place to start. 

2. Balance- The Balance Meditation app is a great one as it adapts to your goals for example- reducing stress, improving focus, improving sleep pattern etc. After answering a set of questions about what you hope to gain from meditating, it creates a set plan to help build foundational skills. 

3. Aura- Awarded #1 by Apple for Emotional Health and Sleep, is another app that targets personal goals and taps into how your feeling. At the beginning of each practice, you are asked how you feel to ensure the mediation is suiting. 

4.Calm- Calm is one of the most popular apps on the market, it's library of audio content helps improve stress, anxiety, and depression. This app is particularly good if you are looking to work on improving sleep with 'grown -up bedtime stories' read by the likes of Stephen Fry and Mathew McConaughey. 

5. Lumosity Mind- Created by mindfulness experts, the Lumosity Mind app focuses on what really matters to you in daily exercises based on your interests or life experiences. 

By Editor Harriet Russell