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Two mindfulness apps to help you refocus

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.

Benefits of mindfulness

Some of the benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Better control over your thoughts and feelings
  • Helps you manage stress, anxiety and depression
  • Increases resilience, peace of mind and overall well-being

Whether you want to learn some mindfulness skills or enhance your existing skills to support your therapy, we recommend these two great apps:

 Smiling Mind

 (Available for free on iOS and Google Play)

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

Headspace

 (Available for free for the first 10 days on iOS and Google Play.) 

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

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About the editor, Jill Wright

Jill Wright (MAPS, AAFT, AICD) is the Director and Principal Psychologist at Psychology Melbourne. Jill was twice elected General Director of the Australian Psychological Society and established the Study Group Network. Find out more about Jill Wright.