Clear Your Mind For The New Year With These Mindfulness Tips
Starting a new year means it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, many of which focus around health and wellness. Mental health however, is one we tend to forget about when we go about a new health plan.
Mindfulness is a meditation practice that is sweeping the mental health field. The purpose is to stop thoughts about things from the past or about things that may happen in the future. Instead mindfulness focuses on stopping our minds and allowing us to breathe and focus on the present moment.
Mindfulness can be difficult to get into if you don’t know where to begin. Thankfully, we live in the age of technology and have hundreds of apps at our fingertips. Many mindful apps have popped up recently to guide users along the way, each of which fitting different needs in a user. Here are a few I have found to be the most helpful:
Headspace is a fantastic app for those who like to move from one point to the next by completing tasks. There are levels for introduction, sleep, and more. The app itself is free, as is the first introductory section. For more in depth meditation, there is a monthly subscription fee.
Buddhify offers a large variety of guided meditations for all occasions. There are sections that range from 3 minutes to 27 and offers multiple voices, allowing for a meditation to fit everyone. The app is a onetime fee that comes with over 80 guided meditations with no added subscription fees.
Calm is good for those who like something new every day and the user’s choice of ambience featuring sounds from falling rain to peaceful waves crashing onto the shore. There is a “Daily Calm” feature offering a new meditation every day focusing on a new area of thought. The app is free however the daily features come with the monthly subscription.
The benefits of mindfulness span from a calmer overall lifestyle, a better ability to handle emotions, and a more stable mental health state. As you enter the new year and start filling out those resolution to-do lists don’t forget to let your mental health top the list and try working a mindfulness regimen into your daily routine!