10 Apps to Help Increase Mindfulness

September 16, 2015

An honest assessment of your emotional state in relation to where you are and what you are trying to accomplish, without judgment, has many progressive benefits. Mindfulness meditation has been known to help with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, general stress management, work efficiency and alertness.

There are some apps that are targeted specifically toward mindfulness meditation, and there are also apps that can work great as supplements to guide you in practice. Here are 10 particularly good ones.

1. The Now

The Now is simple yet profound. It introduces helpful insights through push notifications to remind the user of different ways of looking at things. For example, one such prod tells you to take notice of details in familiar places and see if you notice any changes.

Screenshot of The Now, app to practice mindfulness

Screenshot of social sharing with The Now app

Source: The Now in the App Store

Download The Now for iOS.

2. Headspace

Headspace‘s simple guided meditations encourage good breathing. Taking 10 minutes a day to focus on breathing and observe your body in relation to its surroundings helps you feel more present. The app offers 10 free meditations, with a subscription for more available.

Headspace app for meditation to improve mindfulness

Source: Shiny Shiny

Get Headspace for iOS and Android.

3. Elevate

Elevate is a fabulous, colorful, stimulating brain-training app that’s comprehensive in scope, yet is simple enough to do on a work break. Playing the games every day has been said to have profound results in many users.

Elevate app for iOS and Android to train your mind for mindfulness

Get Elevate for iOS and Android.

4. The Mindfulness App

The Mindfulness App also has guided meditations, but of different styles. It also has lists of mindfulness techniques and strategies, and questions to pose to yourself.

The Mindfulness App for sleeping, breathing, and relaxing.

Screenshot of app to improve mindfulness

Get The Mindfulness App for iOS and Android.

5. Ideament

Ideament is a mind-mapping app to help you get anything into perspective. Take any idea or thought and expand on it through a visual diagram.

Ideament app to create mind-maps

Screenshot of Ideament app to improve mindfulness with mind-mapping

6. Happier

Observing positive things in everyday life and then posting about them is the objective of Happier. It’s a community of people who share and express gratitude for the nice things throughout their day. Just looking at the posts helps with positive thinking.

Happier app is a community of people who share and express gratitude

Happier app helps with positive thinking and increasing mindfulness

7. BeautifulNow

BeautifulNow strives to show you as many beautiful things going on in the world as it can. It’s a great way to have positive news from all over the world at your fingertips accompanied by lovely visuals.

BeautifulNow app for browsing all things beautiful

Screenshot of BeautifulNow app to help increase mindfulness

8. I Ching: Book of Changes

I Ching: Book of Changes is an app for browsing the I Ching. Consult the oracle to gain new perspectives and lots of healthy things to ponder.

I Ching app to increase mindfulness through ancient texts

Screenshot of I Ching app for iOS

Consulting the I Ching for improvement of the mind

Source: I Ching: Book of Changes on the App Store

Get I Ching: Book of Changes for iOS.

9. Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a puzzle game that’s beautiful to look at, with zen-life graphics and a simple objective. Just as in life, where solutions are often found through different approaches, the progression of this game depends on the player’s resourcefulness in changing how they see the puzzles.

Beautiful puzzle game that helps increase mindfulness through finding different solutions

Monument Valley game helps to improve a player's resourcefulness and mindfulness

Get Monument Valley for iOSAndroid, Kindle Fire, and Windows.

10. Rumi the Mystic

Rumi the Mystic offers daily words of the mystic poet to help the user ask deep questions and find inner peace.

Ponder on provoking quotes from Rumi the Mystic with this app

An app to increase mindfulness with Rumi the Mystic

Rumi the Mystic app to increase mindfulness with daily Rumi quotes