Self-Help

Mindfully Aware

Yesterday was not a good day for me. My emotions and depression were both getting bad. But even during this difficult time, I managed to pull myself out of it, even for a little bit, to notice my surroundings. I tried to focus on the present and what was in front of me. The touch of a tree, the view of a mountain, the sound of cars driving and people talking, the smell of flowers. It was during these moments that I felt as if I would be alright. Life was still happening and it wasn’t the end of the world. Thankfully I am feeling better today and hopefully this can help someone to become Mindfully Aware for just a moment. 🙂

Apps and Support

Great Meditation App

I came across a meditation website and app last year when I was looking to get some relief from my depression symptoms. It is called Calm. I started out with the free version which includes many guided meditations. I ended up getting a subscription to have access to the full content that Calm has to offer. Downloading this app has been the best decision I have ever made! There are guided that are categorized by topic, such as focus, varying emotions, anxiety, stress relief, relationships, college, and so much more.

One especially helpful set of meditations that I love is the “7 Days of Calm,” which introduces you to meditation. “Body Scan” is also super important because you learn how to focus on how your body is feeling and learn how to relax your muscles one section at a time.

Along with these wonderful meditations, Calm offers a music section that includes both relaxation music and focus instrumentals. There is also a section titled “Sleep Stories.” Here you will find a wide variety of essentially bedtime stories narrated by various people. This has helped me to relax before bed and I have read that some people that usually have trouble sleeping has benefited greatly from listening to these stories.

If you have children and would like to introduce them to meditating and helping them to understand their own emotions, the Calm app and website has special meditations geared towards children and teens.

I highly recommend checking it out and let me know what you think!

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