Updated: May 15
by Tiara Starks
It’s hard to believe, but we’re almost halfway through 2021. However, there's some huge milestones you might be accomplishing, whether it's discovering a new side hustle, or finding that special someone during the pandemic. It’s easy to get caught up in all of your personal and professional efforts and forget about implementing self-care. Yet, it’s important to know it’s more than okay to also take a break. In fact, it’s actually necessary. While you may feel like social media is taking over your life, there’s a ton of resources out there that could be helpful in your mental health journey.
Here’s a list of five apps to help you discover different ways to live and let go.
Are you in need of a spiritual rejuvenation? Soultime might be the answer to your prayers.
For any of our Christian readers who are searching for accessibility to faith-based meditations, consider downloading the application, Soultime. According to the app’s official site, users will find “200+ guided meditations on subjects like stress, anxiety, sleep and much more.” You’ll be instructed to take a five minute “test” to determine what type of meditations are suitable for you to use. It’s essential to answer honestly, as this will set the basis for other meditations in the future.
Soultime is available on iOS and the Google Play store.
2) Ten Percent Happier
Reclaim your inner happiness with the Ten Percent Happier App.
"Meditation for a happier, healthier you."
In 2004, Dan Harris, a co-anchor for ABC's Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America had a panic attack live on air. This incident prompted him to rediscover himself through meditation and self care. As a result, Harris wrote 10% Happier, a #1 New York Times bestseller, launched the Ten Percent Happier podcast and co-founded the Ten Percent Happier app.
Even Harris claimed that he was a fidgety person before reclaiming his happiness. This app offers expert teachers who will help walk you through the fundamentals of meditation.
Ten Percent Happier is available to download for iOS and Android users.
3) Smiling Mind
Thrive inside with Smiling Mind.
Smiling Mind is an Australian-based, not-for-profit meditation app whose purpose is “Equipping young people with the integral skills they need to thrive in life.” Not only is this a free app but it offers free programs for both children and adults. The website suggests that the app can be used for 10 minutes a day.
Check out Smiling Mind's Thrive Inside initiative which promotes healthy mental and physical habits to stay calm in the midst of the pandemic.
Smiling Mind is a free downloadable app for iPhone and Android users.
Start your Mindful lifestyle today with Welzen.
Welzen offers “500+ guided and unguided meditations, music, mood-checks, journaling, and all things mindful”. The app has been featured in major publications including Forbes, CNN, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post.
To get started, download the app and create a free Welzen account. Then, you’ll be prompted for a three day free trial before selecting the option to purchase a premium $29.99 per year subscription. With a premium subscription, you’ll receive daily mindfulness meditations and you don’t have to be connected to the internet to enjoy your meditations!
Welzen is available for iPhone and Android users.
Want to jumpstart your self-care?...Try MindDoc.
Mind Doc allows you to access a mood journal, provides you with regular mental health reports that includes in-depth statistics, as well as multiple resources when you feel on some days you need an extra boost. Another great feature on this app is, it enables you to use its features without requiring an account sign up and leaves it up to you to decide whether you want to keep the app.
In addition to your mental health, you may want to think about how you can get better rest. Start your sleep journey today and take care of yourself each step of the way.
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