Liz is a nurse who understands the importance of relaxation for optimal health, especially her own. She shares her tips to minimize anxiety with meditation apps and internet resources. Ohmmmm…
Recent research points to mediation as a useful tool to reduce anxiety. Mindfulness mediation was singled out as being particularly beneficial in the reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. As a low cost, low risk means to decrease anxiety, meditation is a good place to start if you are experiencing typical symptoms like restlessness, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, trembling, trouble concentrating, gastrointestinal issues, and/or incessant worry.
- Headspace: “A gym membership for the mind.” A smart phone app that offers guided mediation sessions starting at ten minutes. The first set of general guided meditations are free; additional meditation packs are available for paying subscribers with topics like sleep, depression, relationships, and more.
- Stop, Breathe, & Think: This app guides you to “check-in” with your feelings, then offers a personalized mediation session based on your current emotions.
- UCLA’s MARC: UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free mindfulness meditation on their website. The Center is devoted to studying meditation and it’s impact on wellness.
I have found having a mediation app on my phone helps me to start my day with intention. Taking ten minutes in the morning to work through a short meditation session helps me start the day relaxed and reminds me of what’s really important in my life. I’ve even used the apps on the train during my commute to work. Download one today to get started on your journey to better health!
Using a meditation app that reduces anxiety? Let us know in the comments!