The following are just a few of my favourite resources – apps, videos, podcasts and books, which I’ll add to over time.
Meditation apps (audio)
Calm: Has a range of guided meditations to help you sleep better, reduce anxiety, and feel happier. Also has tips and is suitable whatever your level – from beginners to expert.
Headspace: Offers guided meditations and the allure of a free 10 minute a day programme. Don’t miss its blog which has articles on topics including:
- Skilful living
- Birth and death
Omvana: When you sign up you get 25 free meditation tracks from its 500+ tracks of transformational audios. Categories include: Body, Mind, Lifestyle, Productivity, Relationships, Hypnosis.
Smiling Mind: A not-for-profit organisation that offers the free Smiling Mind app and Guided Mindfulness program.
Taking a few minutes each day to note down a few things you are grateful for can make a big impact on your happiness and health – reducing stress, bringing perspective, bringing clarity around life priorities and reframing challenges. I have read of hardened cynics, who, desperate for change in their life, have been surprised at the difference this simple, quick activity has made. If you find it hard to keep track of pen and journal/notepad why not try a gratitude app.
Mojo: record moments you’re grateful for using text or photos.
Grateful simple, easy to use gratitude journal. (IOS)
Apps to enhance your life
Daily Art: Highlights a masterpiece and the stories behind each in under five minutes.
Magnifying Glass with Light: When you’ve forgotten your glasses this app acts as emergency glasses:
F.lux: Not an app really but a widget that adjusts the lighting on your screen to reduce eye strain.
CreativeLIVE: World class experts offer free live classes online. For the full recording, you can purchase it for a one-time fee and there a loads of free articles on all manner of topics.
Brene Brown on the Power of vulnerability
Ken Robinson on passion via the School of Life
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on why We should all be feminists
Susan Cain on the Power of introverts
Alain de Botton on love