With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked, which in turn can impact their health. While we are often so busy that there’s no time to stop and smell the roses, turning to you phone may actually prove beneficial in this case. Meditation apps are proving all the rage, and are a great way to get a little added Zen into your day.
You may be a little skeptical at first, but such apps can make getting that quiet time a little more accessible. A good way to try meditation is to check out the Calm app, which offers relaxing sounds and encourages meditation goals. Or for beginners and more experienced mediators alike, the Headspace app is a good option as it guides users through ten minute long daily meditations to help you get used to the ritual. Once you complete these, you receive an invitation to subscribe to more programmes.
To overcome stress and find some inner peace and balance during your day, get Stop, Breathe and Think. This app will try and help you find the root cause of your problems and involves asking questions about your mental, physical and emotional well being. Based on your answers, you will get guided meditations to solve your problems. Another great app to download is Whil. It provides yoga and “mindfulness training” in both video and audio forms.
With a view to mindfulness, another intriguing app is Checky, which tracks how many times you check your phone each day with a view to making you more watchful about how you use your time. Or if you are simply in need of some quiet time, an app simply titled Meditation helps you relax through its soothing series of chiming bells, flowing water on rocks and some sweet symphonies.
But if you are in need of some serious spiritual guidance, turn to the MindBody application in order to locate your nearest yoga classes or meditation centers.
With all of these great apps available, there’s no better time try meditation, particularly in light of a new study which found that regular meditation sessions can knock seven and a half years off a middle-aged brain.
Along with American and Australian scientists, researchers at Jena University Hospital in Germany fed scans into a computer programme that analysed the images and provided an age for each brain based on its physical condition.
In general, the results showed that a non-meditators’ brain age and actual age were the same.
However, the meditators’ brains were significantly younger than their years, with the average 50-year-old having a brain that belonged in a 42 or 43 year-old’s body.
The benefits were particularly great for the older meditators, for every extra year past 50, a youth spent mediating reduced an extra year off brain age.