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Mindfulness apps: How well do they work?

November 6, 2018

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James Cartreine, PhD, Contributing Editor

Dr. Cartreine is a clinical psychologist, interactive media producer, and researcher. He is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and teaches CBT to psychiatry residents. Dr. Cartreine is affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, … See Full Bio
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November 12, 2018

I use Insight Timer daily, and there are literally hundreds of different meditations of different types on there from dozens of different teachers, as well as an actual timer one can use. Yet the study and this article only talks about the timer part of it. For morning use I tend to use a meditation with Tibetan bowls, with or without the sound of water. I vary what meditations I use at other times. One year I tracked my time so that I could develop a daily practice. I have noticed a difference in my level of anxiety and depression, with more resilience than I used to have. It’s still not easy at times, but I know that the practice, even when I feel like I’m not doing it “well”, helps.

Augustus Nwobodo
November 9, 2018

Thank you for such a wonderful piece you just gave me an insight on top reasons I should recommend mindfulness apps to students reading my blog because I thought about making a few recommendations before, but I have little or no idea of how efficient these apps can be.
The truth is that you just uncovered the secrets to me.
Warm Regards!

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