Smiling Mind is a free app based on a large body of research showing that mindfulness helps to develop a more positive attitude to life, as well as helping to reduce levels of anxiety and depression.
You might have heard about mindfulness and come across ideas like mindful eating, mindful walking, and just general mindful living. But what is it?
Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, with kindness and curiosity. Not the past or the future, but now. Smiling Mind is an app that helps to practice mindfulness to help you manage stress and build your resilience to meet the challenges of everyday life. And the evidence is that it works.
The app isn’t just for those who are having a difficult time. You try to eat well and stay fit to keep your body healthy, - mindfulness exercises are all about looking after your mind too. The app can easily be used by anyone who wants to practice mindfulness. With separate sections for 7-11, 12-15, 16-22 and over 22 age groups, it’s easy to find your way around. Each of the four programmes comes with its own playlist with its own unique content, which means there is a huge depth of material available here. As well as the Mindfulness playlists, each age group also has it’s own Bite Size and Extended playlists. These contain exercises for when you are short on time, or looking to start a longer session.
With badges to collect and your progress being self-measured as you go through the playlists, it is compelling to use and feel yourself start to relax. The app is well designed and is very much in keeping with the kind of clarity and sense precision and focus it is trying to promote.
The Australian accent might take a bit of getting used to, but the narrator helps you through the various breathing and relaxation techniques on offer. The best thing is, you can then use them without depending on the app – though I find myself using it a lot as it is so great to use.
The app uses guided sessions, so if you’re looking for that and want to give that a go, this app is for you. If you’re an advanced meditator, you might find the structure a little restricting. But be assured that a team of well-regarded psychologists are behind the app’s development, and they clearly know what they are doing.
What apps do you use that are designed to promote relaxation or meditation for wellbeing? Do they work for you?
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