Three mindfulness apps to try

Sleep seems to avoid you. You’re tearing out your hair with stress. You can’t sit still at work. All you want to do is scroll through Instagram, or settle in for a Netflix session – that yoga class you’re supposed to head out to is the last thing on your mind.

Whilst it may not be possible – or realistic – to completely escape the clutches of technology when you’re feeling stressed, you can learn to use it to your advantage. There are a bundle of smartphone apps to help you get to grips with practicing the art of mindfulness, with the ultimate aim of giving you a momentary reprieve from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

1. Headspace

Get started with the app’s free 10-day program to learn the basics of mindfulness, or jump straight into a subscription service. Headspace is designed to be used as a ‘trainer’ in your pocket, and a gym membership for your mind. Learn more about founder Andy Puddicombe’s story here.

2. Buddhify

3 mindfulness apps you need to download

Designed to bring mindfulness meditation into everyday life, this user-friendly app features meditations to suit all facets of your day – from doing housework to sitting on public transport. Featuring short, guided meditations, the app incorporates different voices and contributions from the Buddhify team. A number of the meditations centre around sleep – a particularly handy tool if you travel a lot or have difficulty getting to sleep.

3. Mindfulness Daily

3 mindfulness apps you need to download

For many of us, the most challenging aspect of implementing a new habit, is remembering to practice each day. Cue a helping hand from Mindfulness Daily. This app allows users to set notifications and reminders at regular intervals throughout the day.

A tip for new users – try moving your mindfulness app to your phone’s homescreen to increase your chances of starting a short meditation practice.

A note from Khoollect: these suggestions are based on our team’s own opinion and personal research. For detailed advice about mindfulness practice, speak to your health professional or meditation teacher.

Have you tried any of these apps? Do you have other favourites, or any meditation tips? Tell us in the comments below, or mention @khoollect on Instagram.

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