Confused by the deluge of mindfulness apps currently on the market?
The number of mindfulness apps on the market has increased considerably over the past few years resulting in a plethora of choice. There’s a veritable cornucopia of choice when it comes to new apps. But when your mindfulness app cup runneth over, how do you know which ones to choose and which ones to avoid? Maybe you’re asking yourself if they could even do more harm than good (and we think that’s a sensible question). Here’s our handy tool that will help you to make an informed choice.
Mindfulness App 5 Stage Tool
At least part of your choice will come down to personal preference. What works for one personal may not work for another so we’ve put together a four stage tool to help you make a decision.
Stage 1: Background Information Gather as much information as you can about the app.
Stage 3. Evidence Base Apps can make all kinds of claims in terms of their benefits, but it’s important to scratch beneath the surface and find out if they really are fit for purpose. Some of those claims are lacking in evidence and somewhat spurious. The provenance of an app is crucial. What you’re looking for is an app with pedigree. Ask;
Stage 4: How Easy Is It To Navigate? We’re back to personal choice again with this one. But if you’ve answered ‘Yes’ to stage 1, 2 and 3 it may come down to ease of use. Consider the following when making the final decision;
Stage 5 : Is An App Right For You? The thing about mindfulness is that there is no goal. You’re not trying to achieve anything. You’re just observing what happens as it happens. There is even a debate that apps may be somewhat ‘anti’ mindful, running counter to what mindfulness really is. An app might not be right for you at this moment in time if you can answer ‘Yes’ to the following questions;
Gill Crossland-Thackray is a Business Psychologist, Visiting Professor, and PhD Candidate. She is Co-Director of Positive Change Guru with her twin, Viv Thackray-Dutton and Director Of Koru Development. She is a member of British Psychological Association, British Neuroscience Association, Association of Business Psychologists, Chartered Institute of Professional Development and a Continuing Professional Development accredited trainer. She writes for a number of publications including The Guardian, Thrive Global, Ultra Fit & HR Zone and is currently working on her first novel. She divides her time between London and the Lake District. She can be contacted at [email protected]
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