Top 5 Apps for Surviving Lockdown – Mindfulness

With Melbourne under stage 4 lockdown, New Zealand under new restrictions, the situation getting tense in New South Wales and lots of people working from a lot of people have a different situation they need to adapt to.

Top 5 Apps for Surviving Lockdown – Mindfulness

With Melbourne under stage 4 lockdown, New Zealand under new restrictions, the situation getting tense in New South Wales and lots of people working from a lot of people have a different situation they need to adapt to.  During times of change having a good mental outlook is key so this post is about the top 5 apps that can help you stay positive in the current environment.

1. HeadSpace is the go-to app for a lot of people to help with mindfulness.  It covers many aspects of mindfulness including meditation, sleep, managing stress and anxiety and it encourages movement and healthy living.  The meditation activities start at as little as 1 or 3mins to help beginners slowly develop their skills.  I found this great as it meant I was trying to do 20-30mins straight away and feeling like a failure.  I’ve definitely been more conscious of my mental health and mindfulness, in general, this year with a heavy workload and the changes brought about by COVID.  Headspace is my go-to.

2. Not an obvious choice for this list but some people find music a great way to de-stress, relax, unwind, or get pumped up to take over the world.  However, you choose to use it music has a fantastic ability to lift your spirits and send you surging into your next challenge.  Whatever your preference is you can find it on Spotify and it also has a number of tracks and playlists for mediation, relaxation, sleep etc. to help you get into the right frame of mind to go forward and tackle the next challenge.

With a Digital Tablet Using Meditation App In Bedroom

3. A daily journal is a great way to reflect on what has been occurring in your life and keep a gratitude list so you have a go to place to remind you of the positive things when times get tough.  Journey is one app that offers a number of features in this space and it also includes integrated coaching.  I’m new to Journey and still understanding it but the feedback on the Play Store is positive and so far, so good for me.

4. Calm is another app that covers similar ground to HeadSpace.  It focuses on meditation and sleep to help lower stress and anxiety.  Similar to HeadSpace it offers sessions of different lengths from 3-25mins, so it helps the beginners as well.

5. Sleep Cycle. If sleep is your challenge, then Sleep Cycle may be able to help you out.  It tracks your sleep and provide detailed analysis and suggestions to help you sleep better.  There are different alarms included so that you are woken up gently and it can do this within a time window not a specific time.  The aim is to allow you to finish sleeping and wake up the right way.  We all know how bad it is to be startled awake and then carry that mood through the day.  There is also a sleep aid function to help you get to sleep better.

Honourable mention – Vivino.  For those of us who enjoy a wine in moderation at the end of a long day to relax and unwind Vivino allows you rate your wines for future reference by taking a photo of the bottle.  Quick and easy to use and you can see comments from other wine tasters.  It has over 42million users and claims to have the world’s largest wine library with 11.9 million wines.  Cheers!

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