I spend a lot of time researching and reading what's out there in the industry. I have tried a lot of different apps, books and tools to inspire and help me in my mindfulness practise.
I get asked frequently what the best tools & techniques are - and I only recommend tools that I have tired and tested for a few months minimum. I don't believe you can see real change until you have put a new technique into place for at least 30 days.
These are the 3 tools that I turn to daily. I find them so powerful in creating space, growing my knowledge and helping me focus. And to just get calm!
1. Listen - this incredible app is a goldmine of guided meditations - different styles, teachers & lengths. And it's all free. I highly recommend it to anyone new to meditation. It allows you to choose how long to sit for and your preferred style. It's super accessible and offers a lot of variety that I found lacking in other meditation apps. It also offers a timer with soothing music so that you can simply find a brief pause if you don't fancy meditating.
2. Learn - This gem of a book by Ruby Wax is a light yet insightful read on how mindfulness has changed her life. Full of the dark wit you'd expect from this famous comedian, she is also incredibly practical and includes a 6-week mindfulness programme you can do at home.
3. Move - a walk through the leafy streets of my neighbourhood is the quickest & most effective way for me to get out of my head and into my body. This is a powerful tool to loosen the grip your negative thoughts can have on you, and get into your feelings and awareness of space. The fresh air is a bonus!
The most powerful techniques are often the most simple. I've seen the positive impact of incorporating these habits into my day - in creating awareness, allowing for a pause and changing your mindset. I know you will find these life-changing when you try them! Give them a go and let me know how you get on.
And share your best tools with me if you do somethign daily that you can't live without!