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“Mindfulness sounds great, but I have no clue how to get started.” I hear that a lot, and I get why. There’s a ton of (deserved) buzz around mindfulness as a way to reduce stress, improve focus, and become happier and healthier. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen much in terms of simple, trustworthy, “start here” kind of instruction, so hopefully this post will help.

In the video below, I share the easiest way I know to get started with mindfulness practice: a fun, easy “mindfulness game” you can do anywhere. If you enjoy it and want to go a bit deeper with mindfulness, I encourage you to try meditation and some other ways to bring mindfulness into daily life.

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Student review: Calm By Calm.com cofounders, Michael Acton Smith and Alex Tew

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Shruti R., second-year undergraduate, Saint Louis University, Missouri

 

“Are long weekends and breaks the only answers to relieving our stress? Sometimes, yes. Always? Definitely not. I always thought that in order to achieve something (e.g., a good grade on a test), I’d need to sacrifice something else, such as sleep, socializing, or mental sanity. Turns out I can maintain all of the above and do well on an exam, with Calm. Not only does it have bed/naptime stories, it even has a college collection mindfulness 101 meditation feature to help relax those nerves before a big test. With its peaceful lake and fireplace scenes, there’s a perfect backdrop and supplemental audio to help you clear your mind and rejuvenate through mindful meditation.”

USEFUL?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I’ll admit that at first I was pretty skeptical about giving up 10–15 minutes of my precious study time, but after listening to the “7 days of focus” feature, I found myself using my phone less (which = major productivity) and actually understanding what I was studying. I honestly don’t even know how many cups of coffee I’ve avoided by listening to the sleep stories.

FUN?
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
To be real, this app is literally meant to bore you to the point of relaxation. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself yawning during the sleep story or have your mind wander while listening to the features—that means it’s working. The different music and relaxing scenes are still totally fun to scroll through!

EFFECTIVE?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Like I said, with only 10–15 minutes a day, Calm’s features will make you feel more chill and super calm, not to mention the bedtime stories that never failed to help me fit in a short power nap between study sessions.

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