Mindfulness: There's an app for that.

October 11, 2019

Mark L. Friedman, MD, FACEP, FACP

“Self-care is not selfish.”

“You are worthy of good things.”


If you’ve seen notifications like the above on your smartphone, then you may be one of the increasing1 number of Americans who are using an app to practice mindfulness.

If you think the above notifications sound silly, or the notion of “mindfulness” sounds frivolous, think again.

Research suggests that mindfulness (i.e., living in the now or paying attention to what’s happening in the moment) may do more than make you sound “on trend” — it may improve your physical health.

Mindfulness is meaningful to your health.

Here are five science-backed ways meditation is good for your health2:

  • Decreases risk of heart disease
  • Decreases cognitive decline from aging
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Reduces rate cell aging
  • Lessens pain

Can an app help you be mindful?

Given the growing field of research, it’s no surprise that “meditation” was listed as the hottest app trend in 2018.1

If you go to the App Store or Google Play and type in “mindful” or “meditation,” you’ll be overloaded with results. Where do you start?

  • Headspace gets top honors from Wirecutter3 as the best app to learn how to meditate, or improve your meditation skills. It also gets high marks from Healthline4. Here’s how it works:
  • Calm gets second place honors from Wirecutter and also high marks from Healthline.
  • Want more options? Explore highly-rated apps from Healthline.

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2 https://www.mindful.org/five-ways-mindfulness-meditation-is-good-for-your-health/
3 https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-meditation-apps/
4 https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/top-meditation-iphone-android-apps#the-mindfulness-app

Originally published Oct 11, 2019 7:59:35 PM.