Oct 16, 2020
Health & Lifestyle | Kristina Cassar Dowling
Finding inner peace is not always easy; especially when we’re not quite sure what’s going on in our lives or in the world around us. Finding sanity in the unexplainable is how we can give our lives that extra push of positivity and motivation; and there are so many mindfulness apps that could help you achieve your zen goals.
The most valuable thing about finding peace in your life is developing a routine that fits your daily needs. It doesn’t have to be a daily commitment, an hourly regime or a strict pattern to follow; all you need is to clear some time in the day, week, month to show up for yourself. These 3 awesome apps could help you get on track:
Zoning in on your thoughts
I believe that our motivation all starts from our thoughts, if we think negatively; negative things are going to happen; at least that’s what my wife always tells me. And she’s a pretty zen human being.
I’m the kind of person who thinks of the worst so whatever happens will be an improvement; but it’s pretty clear to me that living like that might take a toll on my happiness and the happiness of those around me.
Meditation and guided thought processes are my evening solution. I also believe that in order to build a routine you’ve got to start backwards; from your evening and night routine.
Balance is an app that helps you manage your anxiety, ease trouble sleeping, show gratitude in your life, focus and concentrate on the important stuff while learning how to breathe properly. With daily plans and single sessions to fit every schedule, Balance could be your evening boost or before bed wind down.
Making the most of the day
We often cram in as many things as possible into our day; packing every minute with something ‘worth doing’. Unfortunately, most of those ‘worth doing’ things are generally work or responsibility related and don’t quite fill your body, mind and soul with energy; sometimes not even happiness.
As a writer, finding time to zone out is hard; making the most of my day can be even harder - but I’ve learned a few tricks along the way that I try to consider in my semi-realistic weekly planning schedule. Only plan for 80% of your day - that 20% should be kept for emergencies, catch-up sessions, unplanned errands and any of the other unknown dilemmas that cram our day.
In my few, but very real and intense, years of being an adult; I’ve battled with time. Headspace is a mindfulness app that can help set you in the right direction; putting worries aside and helping you focus on the happier things in life.
Headspace is an app that trains your body, mind and soul to take things in slowly and without pressure - this app could seriously help you make the most of your day.
Drifting off into a deep sleep
Sleep. Ah, my favourite part of the day! Well… even though most people say that; I don’t think it’s quite true. Sleep for me is like a reset button, that sometimes works but forgets to charge the batteries overnight, and sometimes likes to play games with the OCD section on my brain. Sleep can be a hit of miss.
Now I’ve tried it all, and here are the little things that help me get to bed a little bit more comfortably. First off, I like to know that the next morning will be an easy start so I prep the kitchen, bathroom and my office before I hit the hay. Once that duvet’s lifted up and I’m finally horizontal, out comes the lavender essential oil, on goes the Himalyan salt lamp and next; onto Calm for a soothing sleep time routine.
The soothing sounds and melodies that Calm creates for those who have trouble sleeping are incredible - not only do they update their content regularly and keep the user active, but the sense of growth you feel when using the app really helps mellow things out before you get some shut eye.
Of course, using all 3 apps is not a sustainable option and finding the right app for you will take some trial and error. Always go for the free versions and test them out for a month or so if possible. Committing to a specific app feels good too - it’s like you’re part of a community who believes in wellness and mindfulness for the improvement of your life.
Here’s to finding peace and tranquility. Namaste.