Mindfulness Apps to Try Today

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A growing body of research suggests that practicing mindfulness can positively impact many of the dimensions of one’s health and well-being.  With more than 700 mobile apps that claim to help us be more mindful, deciding which one is best and most appropriate for you, isn’t easy.  A recent study however, sorted through many of the apps and ranked them according to their features. Researchers rated each app based on functionality, look, information quality, engagement, and subjective quality.  They found that only 4 percent of the 700+ apps actually provided mindfulness training and education.  The top five, best-rated apps from the study are below:

  1. Headspace   https://www.headspace.com/
    Headspace is meditation made simple.  Install today to learn meditation and mindfulness in just 10 minutes a day.  If you enjoy Take10 and want to learn more, then you can choose to continue and get access to hundreds of hours of original meditations.  These include guided and unguided lessons and range from 2 to 60 minutes in length.
  2. Smiling Mind   http://smilingmind.com.au/
    Smiling Mind is meditation made easy. A simple tool that helps put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and everyday.
  3. iMindfulness  http://begyndersind.dk/imindfullness/
    This app has been designed for use by beginners to mindfulness meditation, as well as experienced mindfulness practitioners.
  4. Mindfulness Daily  http://mindfulnessdailyapp.com/
    This app supports quick, effective guided practices to reduce stress/anxiety, improve performance and enhance sleep (along with the growing list of other evidence based benefits of Mindfulness like pain management).
  5. Buddhify 2  http://buddhify.com/
    Practical, playful and beautifully-designed, buddhify 2 increases your wellbeing by teaching you mindfulness-based meditation on the go.  With over 11 hours of custom meditations for 15 different parts of your day including traveling, being online, taking a work break and going to sleep, buddhify 2 gives you a simple but effective way to bring more mindfulness and calm to your busy day.

Interested in further expanding your mindfulness practice?  UHN Employees are invited to participate in a FREE Research Study on Resilience.Resiliency Prism

UHN Wellness is collaborating with researchers from the Ivey School of Business to study how employees can be more resilient in their work and life.  Participants must be willing to be randomly assigned to a Mindfulness training group, a Pilates group, or a no-treatment control group, with an option to receive Mindfulness training at a later date.  The study is open to all UHN employees (18+ years) who are able to meet for 1-hour per week for 8 consecutive weeks. Participants will be asked to complete weekly questionnaires and a final questionnaire approximately 4-weeks after program completion. All sessions will take place across various UHN locations.

For more information, visit: http://resilience.uhnresearch.ca

Source: Mani M, Kavanagh DJ, Hides L, Stoyanov SR.  Review and Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based iPhone Apps.  JMIR mHealth uHealth 2015;3(3):e82.

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