Today, people use their phones for a variety of different tasks and we’re using them all throughout the day! In fact, many people spend 5+ hours per day using their smartphones. And while technology can help us in countless ways, it’s not always the best thing for us. I mean, take a look at Generation Z, the generation that has grown up with technology, and you’ll see the changes it brings about in us as individuals!
As even more studies on how technology impacts us come out, researchers are urging us to start limiting our screen time.
Certain studies, such as this one out of the University of Gothenburg, have linked mobile phone usage to stress, trouble sleeping, and even symptoms of depression! While there’s still more research to be done, this is cause enough to start limiting smartphone usage—especially in children.
So how can we help ourselves limit our own smartphone usage?
Use your phone to help you stop using your phone.
Sound confusing? It seems a little counterintuitive, but one way to reduce our smartphone usage is by learning to become more mindful, and certain apps can help!
What type of apps? Mindfulness apps.
If you’re unfamiliar, start with these apps that earned top scores from Queensland University of Technology researchers. Out of 700 apps reviewed, these were the standouts:
- Smiling Mind
- Mindfulness Daily
Headspace has been the top-player for a while now, providing guided meditations and training. Sit back and listen to voice instructions throughout your meditation and view tips to help you get the most out of your practice. Great for beginners and beyond! You can try the Basics pack for free when you download the app. To enjoy even more options you can choose from a monthly or annual subscription.
Smiling Mind is a 100% free app, created by a non-profit organization, Smiling Mind aims to bring mindfulness to everyone. Although it’s not as well-known as other apps, it’s got a lot going for it! You can choose from meditation sessions for well-being based on your age, or you can choose from classroom or workplace sessions!
There are plenty of other mindfulness and meditation apps out there! Calm and Buddhify are two others we talked about earlier this year that are great options to check out as well. Which app is truly the best? It all depends on what you’re looking for! Try some out and decide for yourself!