Meditation has been a time-tested tool for stress reduction. Personally, I do a tremendous amount of meditation. In fact, I do somewhere around four hours of meditation a day. I've found it to be one of the greatest tools to reduce stress and reach incredible states of happiness. However, I'm also grounded in reality. I once owned a company where I was in charge of business development and marketing, so I understand the day-to-day stressors that people face.
I also know that it can be very difficult for people to find even 10 to 25 minutes a day to meditate if they have kids. That being said, I'm always encouraging people to find any way possible to do meditation techniques to reduce stress.
I read about the GPS for the Soul app, and I decided to give it a try.
When I first downloaded this app, I didn't really think much about it. But then I opened it up and tested my stress level on the first try and said to a friend, "This thing is incredible!"
You put your finger on the camera lens, and it measures your heart rate. It was so much fun!
One major part about the product I loved is that it shows you how to follow your breath. From my own personal experience of teaching meditation, especially with Type A people (I fit in that category), the first thing I see is that their breathing is chaotic.
This app has a breathing bar that helps you to train your breathing back to a more balanced state. I found that the rhythm of this breathing bar is something that you could carry into your day after using the app.
One thing I noticed is that it has hundreds of dollars' worth of guided meditations from people like Deepak Chopra, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Dr. Andrew Weil. There's also a really cool one with Arianna that shows her and her family.
I signed up for the email service, which sends daily email newsletters that I found to be of great use. The app offers some really great chill-out music too.
I found the GPS for the Soul app to be very useful and a lot of fun!
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