Despite the wordplay in the headline of my recent column on how mindfulness and meditation can help us focus in a world full of tech-fueled distractions, there actually is an app for mindfulness out there. In fact, there are several.
Reader Zoe Sheli Sameth, a teacher of mindfulness and stress reduction skills who lives in the Bay Area but was visiting her mother when the column came out, wrote in to recommend one called Stress Tracker.
A quick word on what it does, from its iTunes app store description:
a) Tracks your individual stress levels, moods, sources of stress, symptoms, and lifestyle/behaviors in real-time with just a few simple taps;
b) Includes a special note section to help you identify the most successful coping strategies;
c) Allows you to personalize your experience by creating categories of your own;
d) Displays all entries in virtual diary views;
e) Displays history and trends in daily, weekly, and monthly bar charts;
f) Brings insights into your emotional well being by providing rankings for top sources of stress, symptoms, and lifestyle/behaviors impacting personal stress and general health and wellness.
Got any other app recommendations? Let me know.
Thank you, Zoe!