App Review: Mindfulness

It’s that time of week again, the time when I tell you what to download onto your smart phones and tablets next! I worry a bit about the day when I run out of apps to review, but I keep hearing about new ones. If you can dream it, there’s an app.

Today’s app is called Mindfulness (or Mindfulness Coach). Guess what it teaches you about.

Welcome to Mindfulness Coach! This app is designed to help you learn everything you need to start practicing mindfulness.

“Mindfulness” simply refers to the practice of being aware and in tune. This can mean being aware of/in tune with what is going on with your body or the environment around you. It can involve noticing positive or negative sensations, but the aim is to observe rather than judge.

The goal of this app is to teach basic mindfulness skills and educate about the role of mindfulness in mental health.

Level One

The app teaches you about mindfulness, what it means to be mindful, and how to track your progress in your own mindfulness practice. It uses a levels system based on what you have previously learned, which is great little dopamine rush when you advance to the next level.

Mindfulness practice

Speaking of dopamine, the app gives you a mindfulness tree, which grows and flourishes as you do your practice. What a cute reward for attending to your mental health!

Build Expertise

There are many different options for learning more about mindfulness and practicing different exercises so that all users can find what works best for them. This app is straightforward, easy to use, and has great reinforcement for making those healthy choices.

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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