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A growing body of research is letting us know that mindful practices have numerous mental and physical health benefits. These practices, which use our brains (attention) to heal our body, can increase attention, focus, happiness and reduce anxiety and alleviate depression to name just a few.

While we know that working out our mind can be just as important as working out our bodies, it can be hard to get started and stay committed to a mindfulness routine. (I wrote here about my one of my favorite books for getting started in mindful practice: Mark Williams’ very accessible book Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World.) Fortunately, there are a number of mind-body apps which can help us get our mindfulness practice on track. 

Here are a few of my favorites:
Calm Offers guided meditations and music (Free and premimum versions available for Apple and Android.)

Universal Breathing – Pranayama Offers guidance in yogic breathing, a research proven means of activating the parasympathetic nervous system to help decrease anxiety. (Free and premium versions available for Apple and Android.)

StressEraser – A device rather than an app, this bio-feedback device is somewhat low-tech and affordable compared to it’s competitors, making it a top pick from me.

If you would like to explore bringing more mindfulness into your life, one of these apps/devices could be a helpful starting point.