The arguments for mindfulness and meditation are strong today as more and more research is being done to essentially show there’s no reason not to practice mindfulness and meditation. Starting off the new year with a dedication to developing a practice is a great way to ensure a spiritually grounded year. For addicts and alcoholics in recovery, mindfulness and meditation also have a wealth of benefits. Both practices have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, both of which are commonly co-occurring mental health disorders with addiction or alcoholism. Additionally, the spiritual practices can help create a strong connection to the present moment, helping those in recovery experience their emotions objectively, not getting caught up in the meaningless details of what goes on around them. Having a strong spiritual foundation is helpful to creating meaning and connection in life, both of which are essential for recovery.
In today’s digital and fast-paced world, it is more convenient to have things available at your fingertips. Thankfully for mindfulness and meditation, there are many apps available. Here are some of our favorite apps for developing a mindfulness and meditation practice this year.
With millions of users around the world, headspace is definitely a leading tool for meditation. Over the course of thirty days, headspace teaches you how to meditate, enhancing your practice, and educating you about how meditation helps your mind. Each meditation is ten minutes, plus there are many mini-meditations for emergency situations and more.
Calm is a simple meditation app, offering beautiful backgrounds, soothing music, timers, and guided meditations. Created for helping people through anxiety attacks, calm is basic and easy to manage.
This app is multi-faceted. Not only does it come with a library of guided meditations ranging in five to ten minutes, but it has other tools for mindfulness as well. Guided journaling, goal setting, and checking in with daily statistics help you keep track of your mood, your wellness, and see how meditation is helping you.
Breathe is a new apple app being offered on the apple watch and soon other ios devices. Set timers throughout the day to remind you to take a pause and breathe. Connecting with the health app, breathe tracks your progress and how many minutes you spent meditating.
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