You are most likely very busy doing important things today. There's always something going on, and Voila! when one thing is checked off the list, another takes its place. It's awesome to have such a full plate with wonderful things to do. Keystone research in the field of longevity has uncovered that engaging in something you love, and striving to evolve are some factors that contribute to living well and living long.
Here's the clincher.
To get the long lasting benefit, you have to take a mindful approach. To give your child, friend, family member, company or spouse something, we have to have it to give. And to keep up with the to-do's of the week, we have to have a reserve from which to fuel our efforts and passions. Otherwise, we're burning two ends of the candle stick and risk cutting ourselves off from the fruits of our labor. Read on to uncover some ways and tools to tune-in, reboot and enjoy your doings. I'll also tell you why I love each one. Most tools are free or super thrifty and, best of all, sustainable for your busy life. Go on, give it a go. Your day is waiting.
1. Try a gratitude journal.
The 5 Minute Journal app completely takes the pen-to-paper out of journaling.
Why I love this: It's an awesome way to quickly check in each day to reflect on what you're grateful for. Three simple questions help you reflect with ease. You can even add a picture to go along with the day's entry. As simple as this seems, the actual practice of consistently checking in with your self can lead to improved self-awareness and increased joy. For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.
The Smiling Mind app helps bring balance and awareness to you where-ever you are. It's aim is to put a smile on your face, help you regulate emotions, lower stress levels and enjoy feeling more energy. Whether you are a teacher, a student, a parent or... human, you can find a meditation that speaks to you.
Why I love this: It has a unqiue 'check in' that takes about a minute to do, and it helps you bring attention to the different ways you might be feeling in the present moment. I also enjoy that it's appropriate for various developmental levels and age groups, making it a great tool for adults and kids of all ages. It's also made to address a lot of different areas: relationships, stress, communication skills, concertration and even sports performance improvement. (free for now)
3. Up Your Game.
Insight Timer deemed as the top rated meditation app. After using it just a few times, I can see why. Insight times is like the Facebook of meditation. I found this app while doing research for a client who had a hard time listening to other apps because they didn't fit her therapeutic needs.
Why I love this: With thousands of options of teachers, talks, courses and meditations to choose from and an interface that allows for connection with others in the world, I was sold. Insight Timer provides access and suggestions that vary in duration, style and need. I also don't have to travel with my singing bowl; Insight Timer has a "create your own meditation" feature, singing bowl option in tow. Insight Timer values the need for choice and really delivers. (free for now)
4. Get Inspired.
Sattva is an app that really wants you to get inspired about meditating - and challenges you to infusing your every day with these experiences.
Why I love this: Checking in with how you're doing and your emotions is one of the best ways to help your brain and mind function at their best. It also helps with being more kind and emphatic because the more we tune into our own feelings, the better we are at tuning in to others around us. Sattva has many unique features, including pre-loaded meditations, timers, chants and mood trackers! It's also fantastic at explaining why meditation can be a good addition to your wellness plan.
5. Calm and Sleep On.
Calm is an app and online website I discovered when creating mindfulness experiences for kids in a middle school. Now, years later, I continue to use this reliable and trusty source.
Why I love this: Calm delivers the mood and paints a scene no matter where you are. It draws the senses IN.
Why I love this: It's an excellent tool to use for a backdrop if you're working to set the mood in a classroom. Calm's visual scenes alongside the sounds of the rain forest, beach or crackling fire provide for a sensational sensory experience. Calm is also a hit for sleep challenged folks. I suggest getting into comfy PJs, placing your legs up a wall and tuning into Calm for the Sleep Stories. (free for now)
Just a note: While most on this list are great for kids of all ages, be sure to check these out your self before sharing them to ensure appropriateness and sustainability.
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