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The Simple Habit Meditation App

The Simple Habit Meditation App

BY Michelle McQuaid

Why Use This Tool?

Do you get caught up in the monkey chatter going on in your mind?  The endless commentary and judgments – thoughts, emotions and memories – that distract you from what you need to really be paying attention to, amplify your worries, and leave you feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. And while the benefits of mindfully quietening your mind to improve your focus, build your resilience and enhance your creativity and relationship are well documented, just where are you meant to find the time to sit stillness?

The good news is that you don’t have to sit cross-legged and meditating for hours under a lotus tree to gain the benefits of mindfulness. The Simple Habit Meditation App was designed by a team of Harvard psychologists and meditation experts to help busy people practice mindfulness on a daily basis. It provides a wheel of audio-guided, five-minute meditations (or longer if desired) for specific scenarios like having a tough day, commuting or needing to get a good night’s sleep, along with a fuller library of mindfulness content on topics like stress, personal growth, kindness, relationships and work. There are even meditations designed specifically for lawyers or entrepreneurs.

Each scenario contains a series of seven meditations to work through. For example the Happiness at Work series provides five-minute sessions on:

  • Gratitude
  • Affirmations
  • Being present
  • Healing relationships
  • Self-compassion
  • Practising compassion
  • Everything is connected

With more than 30 teachers to choose from, it’s easy to find a voice that actually soothes you. And you can track your progress through the meditation series, set yourself handy reminders and practice when and where it suits you.

How To Get The Tool?

The tool can be downloaded from the Simple Habit website.*

What Have Researchers Found?

Mindfulness practice involves bringing a curious and non-judgmental openness to our experiences of the present moment. Research suggests that it can help increase our feelings of wellbeing, physical health, energy, and reduce anxiety and depression. How does this work? Neuroscientists have found that a regular mindfulness practice increases the concentration of our brain matter in areas that control our attention and emotional self-regulation, learning and memory, and awareness of self and others.

The science behind the app explains that meditation and mindfulness practices have been found to improve:

  • Memory – Meditation has been found to improve attention and memory in just one week.
  • Sleep – Meditation seems to help you fall asleep faster and improves sleep.
  • Creativity – An analysis of over 1,500 participants shows links between mindfulness and creativity.
  • Relationships – Practicing mindfulness has been linked to greater satisfaction in relationships.
  • Self-Control – 11 hours of meditation have been found to lead to structural changes around the anterior cingulate cortex, that are involved in self-control.
  • Emotional regulation – Mindfulness programs have been found to change grey matter concentration of the brain regions improving emotional regulation.

How could you use mindfulness practice to enhance your wellbeing at work?

 

*Please note we do not receive commission on this tool and are sharing it as we believe it is a valuable resource for practitioners.

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