There’s no question that our current high-tech, fast-paced world is a double-edged sword.
On the one hand, the internet has brought us instantaneous access to astounding amounts of data on a huge array of topics that can range from academic, to silly, to downright esoteric. Global communications allows us to consult with a colleague in South Africa, on behalf of another colleague in Ireland. We can even furnish an entire chiropractic office with just a few clicks of a mouse, without ever stepping foot into a showroom.
On the other hand, all this technology can leave us feeling overwhelmed at the sheer mass of data that can be dumped on our heads, physically isolated from our colleagues, and concerned about purchasing items sight unseen. It doesn’t take much of this for us to feel exhausted, wrung out, and anxious. This is the perfect time to either start a mindfulness practice of meditation or get back into the habit if you have let it slip.
As somebody who works in the helping profession, you know all too well the value of supporting your patients on their journey to wellness.
However, you may find it difficult to take the advice you give your patients and incorporate these techniques into your own daily life. If you are like most DCs, your days seem as though they don’t have enough hours in them for you to keep up with everything that you want to do.
Between treating your patients; maintaining and growing your practice; building your professional development; and taking time for your family and friends, it can seem as if there is no time left for your own meditation practice.
Fortunately, current technology can help you find ways to fit a customized meditation practice into your busy schedule. They range from guided meditations for different areas of your life, to exercise programs such as yoga, to daily mindful affirmations.
Below are the 10 best mindfulness apps that can help you keep on track with daily meditation, so that you can rebuild your own energy stores and then have more to give to your patients. All of these apps are available for either the iPhone or Android.
The Calm app provides a wide variety of guided meditations from which to choose. These can range anywhere from three to 25 minutes, depending on how much time you have available. There are also meditations specifically geared to help you sleep better at night or focus when you get up in the morning.
If you are new to meditating, Headspace may be what you need to start off on t he right foot. There are meditation exercises specifically geared for beginners, a progress and reward tracker system and a buddy system where you and your friends can encourage each other to keep on track with your meditation practices.
If you are at the point of wanting to integrate your meditation with mindfulness-based exercise, such as yoga or Pilates, MINDBODY could be a great app to get both your mind and your body into better shape. It can help you find yoga and Pilates studios in your area, access discounts for classes, and track your progress.
This particular app can get your whole family involved in mindful meditation, including your kids. Meditation guides are divided by age, started with ones for kids as young as age 7. Smiling Mind could also serve as a great resource for parents of your pediatric patients or your adult patients who want to include their children in their meditation practice.
This app approaches mindfulness from the standpoint of different emotional states. It includes meditation exercises that focus on helping with depression, sleeplessness and anxiety. Other exercises can focus on building compassion, which is an integral part of any mindfulness practice.
The great thing about each of these apps is that each one can guide your meditation practice in a different way. This allows you to test out which one works best for you. Of course, an added bonus is that you can then recommend these apps to your patients.
This free app’s biggest advantage is that it makes great use of your mobile devices. Unlike mindfulness apps that require you carve out time for a meditation practice, Buddhify tailors its various meditations to your on-the-go life. If your smart phone and laptop are your office, Buddhify might be an excellent choice for you.
If you prefer a no-frills lifestyle, Meditation Timer Pro should fit right in with your minimalist approach. It includes guided meditations with visuals and sounds, a meditation scheduler, and an adjustable timer. An added bonus, particularly if you are looking for something easy to navigate, is that the mobile app is easy to navigate.
Are you that person who needs to challenge themselves or track their progress in order to get motivated? If so, Sattva Meditations & Mantras was made for you. In addition to various guided meditations and meditation music playlists, it also includes a heart rate monitor, a tracker that lets you see your progress, and a meditation community so that you can challenge yourself. This is also a great way to set up a buddy system with your coworkers or friends.
Are you still somewhat uncertain about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation? There’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of skepticism. In fact, 10% Happier’s mission is convincing you of the benefits of mindfulness. It does this by making the process as simple and practical as possible.
There is a podcast that includes new content every week to keep things interesting and fresh. This may be a great app if you are still not certain that you will benefit from a regular meditation practice.
We all know the saying that variety is the spice of life. The same can be said for your mindfulness practice. You don’t necessarily need, or want, the same practice all the time. In some instances, you may want to work on being more focused, while on others, you may simply want to get more relaxed.
This is where Omvana can really shine. It boasts a huge library of various meditation programs, ranging from helping you focus on improving your romantic relationships to motivating you to stick with your exercise routine. There are also music tracks that can help you focus during your mindfulness practice.
It’s all too easy to get overwhelmed trying to keep up with your practice, your professional development, and your personal life. Fortunately, there may well be the perfect mindfulness app that can help you not only take it all in stride, but help keep you serene through it all.