Edited by Jill Wright,
Learning to be mindful can be a difficult thing to master, but it's much easier when you have an easy-to-use app to guide you through the process.
What is mindfulness, and how can it help you? Put simply, mindfulness is about paying specific attention to the present and being able to observe your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental way.
Some of the benefits of mindfulness include:
Whether you want to learn some mindfulness skills or enhance your existing skills to support your therapy, we recommend these two great apps:
Developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, this app teaches you the basic mindfulness and meditation skills.
The best feature of this app is that the guided mindfulness exercises are separated into programs for different age groups (7-11 years, 12-15 years, 16-22 years and older adults).
You can move through the sessions, which includes breathing exercises and body scans, at your own pace.
You can also track your mood and set reminders for when you want to complete your mindfulness exercises.
For more information, visit the Smiling Mind website
This app helps you train your mind, anywhere and any time. It is great for beginners as it teaches you the basics of mindfulness mediation in 10x10-minute guided sessions.
The best feature of this app is that you can pick a session that suits your mood and lifestyle, including the length of the session.
You can track your progress, get rewards as you go, and set reminders to notify you when to practise and take a moment to be mindful.
For more information, visit the Headspace website