Seven Mindfulness Apps

When choosing an app to help you practice mindfulness, you have a wide range of choice: You can choose a very simple one that will only remind you to meditate, potentially play some relaxing bell chimes. A more complicated app may or may not cost a bit, but will bring you guided meditation, ranging from a few minutes, for when you’re stuck in a queue, to up to 30-40 minutes.

1. Mindfulness Bell- a reminder to be mindful

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The bell will ring to remind you to “hold on for a moment and consider what you are currently doing, and in what state of mind you are while you are doing it”.

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2. Conscious -if you like a mindfulness change

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“Every morning, everyone gets the same new challenge for the day. If you accept the challenge, you then try your best throughout the day to incorporate it in your experience. In the evening, you mark the challenge as finished and add a daily journal entry to keep track of your progress and share your insights with the others.”

Challenges include: “watch your breath”, “be aware of cause and effect”, “be aware of air”.

3. Smiling Mind – a meditation app for young people

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Rest assured, there is an option for adults.

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It’s a simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.  Developed by a team of psychologists, aimed at young people.

It includes:

  • Mood tracker

  • Body scan

  • Guided meditation: 5 or 10 minutes

  • Your meditation statistics

  1. The Mindfulness App

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It includes:

  • A meditation reminder, either at different times or dependent on your geolocation

  • Four guided meditations: 3,5,15 and 30 min

  • Four silent meditations with bells: 3,5,15 and 30 min

  • One guided body scan

  • Your meditation statistics

5. Headspace

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The app contains:

  • 10 daily, unique guided meditations, downloadable for offline use

  • Additional specialized meditations on Sleep, Stress, Eating, Walking, Public Transport and Mindfulness

  • 9 unique purchasable Headspace programmes after completion of 10 meditations

  • Motivational animations and illustrations

  • Statistics- Set reminders to keep you on track with your practice

  • Meditation timer

  • Science facts and figures to spur you on

6. Mental Workout – Mindfulness Meditation

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It includes:

  • 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40-minute guided mindfulness meditations

  • Audio guide to meditation

  • Checklist for optimal meditation practice

  • 10-minute deep relaxation exercise to prepare for meditation or to unwind at the end of a stressful day

7. iMindfulness

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It includes:

  • An introduction to mindfulness and how to practice it,

  • 3 guided meditations : 5 (power pause), 10 (breath meditation) and 28 minutes(body scan)

  • Meditation timer with bells

  • Reminders

  • Your meditation statistics

Are tech gadgets only for men?

Judging from these two ads, you could definitely think that – 

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Nosh Video

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Galaxy Gear Video 

When looking at these two ads separately, you may not think much of it – they are funny ads both targeting men.

However, when you put the two example next two each, commonalities appear:

– Women are only in secondary roles – they are to be dated and to be pursued.

– The women never get to interact with the app or the smartwatch – I guess a woman does not want gadgets – they may be just too complicated for her…

– Also, these ads remind us of how superficial women are: Terrible food over dinner will lead to the end of a date (not actually the personality of the man). We are supposed to be impressed by a guy’s use of gadgets… and chose our partner on his ability to create a moment, because dating a loser who drops his glass is not possible?!

But I’m glad to read that we are now being thought of:

Designing The Next Generation of Wearables, with Women in Mind.