Winter Wellness: Mindfulness Apps

With party season well underway and work busier than ever, I sometimes struggle to take time out for myself. That’s why I love the selection of mindfulness apps that are now available, so you can take time to get some headspace and meditate wherever you are. My current favourite is Insight Timer…

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When it comes to physical and emotional wellness, I always encourage people to find practices that work for them. For me, yoga and meditation always help me to find my focus and get back on track if I’ve had a busy few weeks at work. If you’re new to meditation, I’d highly recommend giving it go with one of the many meditation apps now on the market; it’s an easy way to see if it’s going to be helpful without committing to a class or one-to-one sessions.

Insight Timer

My current favourite mindfulness app is Insight Timer, which is one of the most popular meditation apps out there. For me, the whole concept of mindfulness is about learning to be kind to yourself, and the podcasts and guided meditations on Insight Timer have really helped me to grow in this area. It also clocks up your hours of meditation (along with everyone else who’s using the app), so it really feels like you’re achieving something every time you take time out to meditate, too.

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TOP TIP: Find a time that works for you to meditate; people often advise doing it first thing in the morning but personally I like to meditate right before bed, as I then wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

READ MY GUIDE to meditation here.

Podcast Addicts…

Live Awake’ is a podcast by Sarah Blondin that I’ve become addicted to. It’s all about learning to love yourself, be kind to yourself, and live more mindfully and connected to the world. Her teachings and meditations have even been requested for use in US prisons and are used in recovery and wellness programs across the world. At the end of each episode is a guided meditation on the topic in question. I’d recommend listening to Sarah’s podcast even if you think you’re not ready to get stuck into some meditation just yet.

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