Much has been written about the disconnect created by our constant ability to receive information. More than ever, carving out a space for ourselves to experience full presence while living with ready access to distraction is important for our well-being.
Technology can also be a tool to help with mindfulness. For example, we can learn about mindfulness practices, set alarms to remind us to practice, and record our experiences.
My goal with this series is to share mobile apps that I have found especially useful in cultivating mindfulness practices. I believe that harnessing the power of our handheld distraction devices has the potential to integrate mindfulness into our already overfull lives. Or, as a friend aptly noted, bring balance to the force.
Today’s app is, called:
Good Habit Maker
by Jaidev Soin
Version I demo: 1.1 on iPhone
Cost: Free, no ads
Good Habit Maker is a daily reminder app that will pop up alerts on your device. You can use the preset habits or mantras or you can write your own. The app sends the reminders at random times during the day. It is customizable for the number of reminders and the beginning and ending hours to send them. So, you won’t be woken with a reminder to “drink water” at 3am, unless you want to. The app can be closed but will continue to send reminders per your settings, until you tell it to stop.
I used this app when I was in the middle of PPDA (post partum depression and anxiety) as reminders that I didn’t need to focus on the negative feelings. I actually ended up using a simple mantra, “Depression Lies” which would pop up seemingly just when I needed it most.
I’ve also recommended this app to people who are trying to break habits. Setting up reminders during critical hours can keep mindless habits at bay. For example, knowing you bite your nails before a stressful appointment. The reminders can be set before that time to put on gloves or practice relaxation techniques.
I’m recommending this app now because November is often the month when people are looking for ways to feel thankful. This app is a wonderful way to remind you at random times throughout the day to pause and look for something to be grateful for. It’s a good habit to get into.
If you try this app, I’d enjoy hearing how you use it in the comments.
Consider adding this app to your device, between Candy Crush and Twitter to bring a little mindfulness into your device, won’t you?
Do you have a mindfulness app that you recommend or one that you would like me to review? Please let me know in the comments below. I would enjoy hearing from you.
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(Since I’m writing most of these late at night, in bed, while tandem nursing twins, I’m choosing to concentrate on writing rather than formatting, proof-reading, researching or editing as much as I’d like. Please forgive the extra typos and non-nonsensical grammar. Thank you.)