Self-care is an important part of our health and everyday lives, and now, more than ever, we need to look after our mind, body and soul.
We're all familiar with the phrase 'keep calm and carry on', and you may think this is much easier said than done, especially during a global pandemic. However, meditation is a great way to do this as the technique helps you get that the necessary bit of 'me time' through a mixture of mindfulness, breathing exercises and visualisation. It's the perfect way to discover greater calm, clarity, contentment, and compassion.
So, when you're feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed (all of which are completely valid feelings to have during a time like this), try downloading one of the below apps so that you can focus your mind and redirect your thoughts to your happy place - perhaps a seemingly endless stretch of white sand beach adorned with palm trees, or a countryside path where you can walk for miles and miles at one with nature.
Free download, then optional subscription £9.99/month or £44.99/year, iOS/Android
Perfect for beginners, the Headspace meditation app offers a free 10-part Basics course to walk you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness, complete with easy to follow animations and graphics. Alongside this, you'll find a selection of guided and mini-meditations, breathing exercises and more. Paid subscribers can benefit from specialised meditations, additional courses, and sleep exercises.
Free one week trial, then £28.99/year, iOS/Android
Open the Calm app and you’ll immediately be greeted with the relaxing sound of nature, whether it be the sea or the sounds of the forest. Catering for beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced users, Calm provides guided meditation sessions ranging in time from 3 to 25 minutes, as well as mood trackers, breathing exercises and calming stories narrated by celebrities.
Free one week trial, then £12.99/month or £87.99/year, iOS/Android
Designed with fidgety sceptics in mind, this app offers guided meditations without added frills, and a handy option to set reminders for these. The paid version boosts all the above, as well as more than 500 extra videos (including activities you can try in the shower or while brushing your teeth) and additional content.
Free to download, optional subscription £38.99/year, iOS/Android
Perfect for people with busy lives, Simple Habit is an app that offers audio meditations as short as five minutes, designed to help to reduce stress and calm the mind. You can also find coaching, motivational guides and bedtime stories on the app, with a lot of the content not costing you a penny.
Free download, optional subscription £9.99/month, £54.99/year), iOS/Android
How are you? That's what you're asked every time you open the app and invited to rate your mind and body on a scale of rough to great. Then, the Stop, Breathe & Think app uses this data to suggest meditations, mindful walks, and even acupressure videos to suit your mood. There are 30 free activities available, and over 100 more available if you upgrade to premium.
Will you be taking care of your mental health during the lockdown and downloading some of these apps? Did we accidentally miss some off? Tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know!