Mindfulness – a powerful tool
Mindfulness is now recognised as a powerful tool that can help you upgrade your inner technology – the mind, to keep up with demands of our increasingly complex and uncertain world. It is a form of mental training that can enhance resilience, work performance and engagement and overall physical and mental wellbeing.
According to the Smiling Mind website, 1 in 5 Australian employees has taken time off in the past year due to feeling mentally unwell. Mindfulness meditation is a clinically proven technique that helps staff manage stress, improve productivity and achieve a good work-life balance.
It’s a win-win for both employee and employer.
Employers are happy to see:
- reduced sick leave and stress claims
- retention of skilled staff
- a positive work environment
- increased engagement and morale
- a return on investment
At the same time, employees benefit from:
- stress management skills
- clearer and more focused thinking
- increased self esteem
- collaborative and creative teamwork
- reduction in anxiety
“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” Gandhi
10 Mindfulness apps to help you on your Mindfulness journey
1. Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is a nonprofit that was created to increase happiness and compassion in the world, and this app is one step toward that goal. With programs designed by age group, this app is great for kids, teens, and adults.
If calm is what you need, Calm is the app for you. It starts you out with a seven-day program. This is a great way for beginners to start meditation. Choose between options for sound and length of time, as well as scenes from nature for you to visually focus on while you meditate.
Headspace makes it easy for people just learning the art of meditation. Their level one course features easy, 10-minute sessions for each day that will help you get into the habit of meditating regularly. There are reminders, and you can choose to focus on aspects like foundation, health, and performance.
4. Take a Break
The Take a Break app allows you to do just that — take a break. You can choose between a short break or a longer meditation break. Both options allow you to choose with or without music and, if you are new, there are easy instructions for how to get started.
The app was designed to give users a quick and uncomplicated break to help relieve stress whenever you need it.
This is a mindfulness and meditation app that is built around you. Buddhify is perfect for those who are ready to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into their entire day, with meditations that target every aspect of your life, from sleeping, to traveling, to being online. Even if you have never tried meditation before, Buddhify is a life-changer.
6. Mindfulness App
The Mindfulness App is a great tool for advanced meditation, but it’s especially helpful for beginners. Jump into a mindfulness session any time you have a moment free to yourself. You can set your reminders for the times of day that you need to take a quick break and relax.
7. One-Moment Meditation
If you have no patience (but are looking to build some), One-Moment Meditation might be the app for you. It is based on the principle that making a significant change in your state of mind takes but a moment.
8. Stop Breathe & Think
Stop Breathe & Think tailors meditations to your current mood, lots of meditations to pick from based on your feelings, as well as an activity tracker that monitors your progress.
9. Welzen Meditation Mindfulness
Welzen comes in a beautiful package with tons of free meditations that will fit into any situation of your life. You can use it for stress relief, anxiety management, focus training, creativity enhancement, as well as relationship improvement.
10. Wildflowers Mindfulness
What makes Wildflowers Mindfulness different to its counterparts is that it allows you to track your heart rate and mood. This helps you see how your heart rate changes after just a short bout of meditation, which gives you a bit of insight on how meditation is helping you calm down.
Kerri Schulz | PA/HR Manager | The Money Edge | Bundaberg