Mindfulness has really taken off as a trend around the world. You probably know a little bit about it already, which is why you’re looking for the best mindfulness apps on the app store.
Now more than ever, with so much uncertainty and craziness going on in the world, we need to look after our mental health. Counselling and youth workers – two essential allied health services – are being inundated with requests for support.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or anxious, not sleeping well, or just want to tune out the world for a few minutes every day, then check out our list of mindfulness apps.
Some have even been specially designed for young people and come recommended by Health and Community Services professionals working in mental health.
Headspace is the perfect app to get started with meditation and mindfulness. It only takes a few minutes (3, 5 or 10, whichever you prefer) every day to follow a guided meditation from their awesome trainers. And best of all, your first 10 sessions are totally free.
Find Headspace on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
2. Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind, an Australian favourite designed for young people and used in schools, was named the #1 Apple Health & Wellbeing App in 2018. Smiling Mind is great for daily meditation and mindfulness practice. And they’ve recently released Thrive Inside, a special COVID-19 initiative to practice mindfulness during lockdown.
Find Smiling Mind on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Aura is a relaxation app with bite-sized guided mindfulness sessions, which makes it ideal for people who want to take a short break every day. Created with the help of allied health experts, Aura gives users 3, 7, or 10-minute sessions every day. You can switch off from the pace of life, relieve stress, and sleep better, thanks to the personalised meditation course.
Find Aura on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Calm is putting a lot of effort behind services to help young people navigate the stress and uncertainty of Coronavirus. It’s a favourite among the Health and Community Services sector and comes highly recommended by youth counselling service ReachOut.
Find Calm online, on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
5. Insight Timer
Insight Timer brings a community vibe to meditation. There is a huge free library of programs (more than 40,000!) to manage stress and anxiety, and sleep better, including special programs just for kids and young people.
Find Insight Timer online, on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.