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Mindfulness Apps: Apps for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Magazine article School Librarian

Mindfulness Apps: Apps for Mental Health and Wellbeing

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I must admit that I am not one for mindfulness so when I was asked to review these three tools I thought it would be easy to dismiss them. However, even I have been tempted to download and try out these tools. I think particularly during lockdown there is something here for everyone.

Woebot

https://woebot.io

Woebot is exactly what it says it is. It is a computer-generated bot that is there for you when you are feeling low (woeful). Every day it checks in with you, by sending a message/text to find out how you are feeling. The idea is that the more you engage with it the more it learns about you and is able to come up with suggestions, exercises or meditation with a particular emphasis on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that may help you manage your mood or feelings.

What I like about it is that it is instant. You can text whenever you are feeling low or sad and it is there for you. However, it does not suggest that this is a replacement for a therapist or crisis service and will send links numbers for outside helplines when needed. This app also does not pretend to be human and you are made aware of this regularly through its humour and chat. This seems to help some people be more open with it as they don't feel like they are being judged.

Buddhify

https://buddhify.com

Buddhify is an online guided meditation app that you can use whilst you are on the go. The nice thing about this app is that it seems to fit in with busy lives and understands that it is not always easy to make time to use it. They have created different categories that you can choose, from walking and work break to falling asleep. They also range from 4 mins to up to 30 mins so depending on the time you have there is something for everyone.

This app allows you to choose and customise the meditations that work for you and add them to your wheel whilst also giving you the option to choose a curated wheel to get you started if needed. This app enables you to learn more about meditation whilst also allowing you to go solo when you are ready. It includes a useful help section on the foundations of meditation to answer frequently asked questions. …

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