You sure know this feeling. You have been with the mobile phone practically all day in hand, answering WhatsApp, entering Instagram every 30 minutes, receiving calls … Simultaneously, on your desktop computer you have five windows open, you answer the e-mail Constantly feeling that you are not moving forward, you are in Teams talking with your partner, you have an open news item that you leave to read later and at the same time a meeting by Zoom that you are not even finding out about because your brain needs a pause. You forgot that pending task and your glassy eyes claim to get away from screens, while your smart wristwatch scolds you because your legs have been inactive for two hours, you have 390 steps to go and the pandemic fatigue to aturde.
If you recognize yourself in these lines, you will surely feel that you are getting worse and worse. You have a suffocating feeling that you are always running and you get nowhere. The world of work increasingly favors a culture of results that has been accentuated by teleworking, that promises us happy but from which it is increasingly difficult to cut by the pressure of “always more”. We can’t always measure up, and that’s where feelings of shame and guilt come from.
To this we add a period of uncertainty and anxiety generated by the pandemic. “Mental health services are being disrupted by Covid-19 in most countries,” according to a WHO study. Hence, content platforms advocate for new formats focused on improving health, and not just physical. Can meditation be a solution to the problem?
You only need 10 minutes
Meditating without guidance is not easy at first. Therefore the apps can be the best tool to get started easily, at any time of the day and from any place. In addition, this will allow you to adapt meditation to your lifestyle, although the recommendation to feel the benefits is “meditate every day for at least 10 minutes”, advises Myriam Campelo, country manager by Petir BamBou. Therefore, not having time is no longer an excuse.
Guillaume Barathon and Charlie Rousset of Morphe have devised a plan to build a new internal energy.
- Find a quiet place, without noise, where there are no distracting elements.
- Breathe in a controlled manner for complete relaxation.
- Choose one comfortable posture: the ideal is lotus, helping you with a cushion.
- Start little by little, until 20 minutes according to your availability.
- Treats accepting thoughts, without focusing on the negative or what is not in your hand.
How to choose a good app?
Today there are many and very good apps to meditate from your mobile in a very simple way. From Petit BamBou, one of the best known, Myriam Campelo, her country manager, provides us with the keys to choose the one that best suits your needs:
1. Simple to use app. “Many people download the app to meditate without having meditated before. A good app is one that makes it easier for you to take the first steps in meditation in a simple way, through meditation sessions adapted for beginners and with the support you need to understand what to expect from meditation at all times. “
2. Expert-Guided Meditations. “It is important that the voices that guide the meditations are those of true meditation experts to have a true meditation experience, just as you would have it if you were doing it live and in person”.
3. Extensive catalog of meditations. “We all have a reason to start meditating: stress, anxiety, physical pain, sadness, sleep problems …, and even at different times in our life we can experience all or some of these emotions. Choose the app that offers you access to an extensive catalog of meditations on those topics you want to meditate on “.
4. Help to develop the habit of meditation. “The benefits of meditation are visible with continued practice. Choose the app that helps you develop the habit of meditation with specific programs that allow you to experience progress.”
5. More than a simple app. “You may have doubts and questions about the practice of meditation and about the sensations that are experienced during and even after it. It is important that these questions are resolved in order to continue with the meditation. Choose the app that allows you to be in contact with true experts in meditation to solve them. “
Selection of 5 apps for meditation
1. Small Bamboo: mindfulness 100% in Spanish with which more than 7 million people already meditate. Its simple and effective method makes it the best option for those who want to start meditating and for those who have been meditating for a long time, with more than 500 meditations on different topics: stress, anxiety, sleep, fear, relationships, work, motherhood. .. Its premium content costs 4 euros per month under subscription. Available on iOS and Android.
2. Head Space: Founded in 2010, Headspace is now a world leading platform for meditation and mindfulness through its app, with more than 65 million users in 190 countries and it even has its own show on Netflix. It involves bringing meditation to television thanks to an online consumer platform on demand and in streaming.
3. Calm: It is the number one app in the world in the App Store and Goofle Play to meditate, with 60 million downloads and some 700,000 five-star user reviews. It presents guided sessions of audio or relaxing melodies for different activities such as meditating, falling asleep or simply calming down.
4. Intimind: The daily wellness break in Spanish. More than 200 meditations on Google Play and App Store to make it a daily habit. It is made by psychologists and experts in mindfulness. It is free for up to 13 meditations and then from 4.99 euros.
5. Aura: Daily relaxation sessions lasting 3 minutes and adjusted to the user’s personal profile after completing a questionnaire. A micromeditation format for those who have little time but value taking care of their more spiritual side.