Find Inner Peace in 2021: 3 Free Resources
Creating and maintaining inner peace is no easy feat. Luckily, there are loads of resources and apps out there to help guide us. Here are three of my favorites:
1. Atom: This app was created to help people form the habit of meditation in 21 days. It’s science-backed and has you take tiny, easy steps. The guided meditations start at just 2-minutes long. Every time you complete a meditation, you are rewarded by getting to plant a tree in your own animated forest, which I think is a nice, calming visual. This would be great for someone who is a beginner meditator or someone who wants to get back into the habit. The app is totally free and available for Android and will soon be available on iPhone.
You can check out the link here: https://www.theatom.app/
2. Zest Gratitude Journal: This is another completely free app and is available on Android and iPhone. Research shows that feeling grateful can help to relieve stress and pain and even help those experiencing depression. The idea with this app is to take a few minutes to think about and type in what you appreciate in your life. There is no right or wrong here. It can be anything from being grateful for a friend to feeling grateful for your bed or having access to running water. The app keeps track of all your entries, so you can go back and read your earlier ones if you like. There is also an option to include photos to go with your answers.
You can check out the link here: https://tapabit.com/zest/
Tip: To deepen the practice of gratitude, include a brief reason for why you feel grateful for something. For example: I am grateful for my bed because it is warm and cozy and helps me get a good night’s sleep. 😊
3. Kaiser Permanente: This is a resource from the Kaiser Permanente website. It is completely free, and you don’t have to have Kaiser Permanente insurance to access it. The website contains guided imagery and visualizations read by Belleruth Naparstek. She has a calm, soothing voice and uses ambient music in the background. There are recordings you can listen to for various things including anxiety, headache relief, pregnancy, improving sleep and boosting self-confidence. I recommend listening to these in a comfortable, quiet space or even with headphones on for maximum relaxation.
You can check out the link here: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/podcasts
May this article find you when you need it and help to bring some peace and calm in the new year.