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Whether it’s going for walks, coffee breaks with friends or a weekly yoga class, we all know how necessary that glorious ‘me time’ can be. 

Taking some time out of your busy day to focus on yourself is hugely beneficial for your body and mind, and it's not as difficult or time-consuming as you might think.

Mindfulness is the practise of simply being aware of your emotions and accepting them for what they are. 

The technique is best described with the acronym RAIN

R – Recognise the emotions you’re feeling

A – Accept the experience you’re having

I – Investigate your experience. Where are the emotions in your body?

N – Non-identification – remember that the emotions you are experiencing are only temporary and do not define you.

Benjamin Reisterer, a therapist at Mindful Counselling GR, described the practice:

"It's really about just slowing down and paying attention in a non-judgmental way."

"Take a deep breath and really understand what's upsetting you in that moment you can communicate on more of a mindful level and a more authentic and respectful level."

He added, "The more that you slow down and kind of pay attention to it the more you'll understand what's going on and how it's affecting you.’’

Benjamin also created, MetaFi, a mindfulness app, designed to help strengthen the user's emotional connection between their mind and body. 

He likened mindfulness to physical exercise. The more you do it, the stronger you get.

"The more you do it, the more results that you have. But if we're really paying attention to the physiological responses, sometimes that's our first clue to what we're actually experiencing in that moment."

By simply taking the time to become aware of our emotions and letting them exist as they are, we can regain some control and over time develop a healthier, more positive outlook on life, 


We'd love to say we lead a phone-free life outside of our working hours, but that is just so far from the truth we're not even going to try and lie about it.

If, like us, your phone or tablet is glued to your hand every minute of the day, then why not make your time work for you by downloading some apps that are specifically designed to improve your mental and physical health?

From running trackers to a photo-sharing app with a difference, there are some great apps out there that will make living a mindful, healthy life easier and more convenient.

Here are a few we're loving at the moment…

iOS and Android

This meditation app starts you off with its Take 10 series, a simple introduction which involves doing ten minutes of guided meditation a day for ten days. Straight away we noticed we were sleeping better and feeling more relaxed before bed. Each session is led by Headspace founder Andy, whose calm and cheerful voice will make you feel instantly at ease.


You-app with Jamie Oliver
iOS and Android

If you're looking for a change from Instagram, this is a great start. Each day users are given daily "micro-actions" for Food, Mind, Move and Love, such as "snack smart", "explore the neighbourhood" or "eat a balanced brekkie." You can complete each task by uploading a picture to the app, which other users can view. 


Nike + Running
iOS and Android

After trying out a gazillion run tracker apps, we've finally found one we're happy with. Nike + records the length (miles or KM), route and calories burned for each workout, and logs them in a clean, concise interface that's really easy to navigate. You can also hook the app up to your phone's music and set a Power Song for that final mile or awful hill. 


Sleep Cycle
€1.99 for iOS, €3.32 or Android

If you find you're waking up groggy even after eight hours of shut-eye, your sleep cycle could be to blame. Sleep Cycle analyses your movements to track your sleeping cycles and wakes you up during the lightest sleep cycle, ensuring you feel as refreshed as possible. You can set a time frame during which you wish to be woken up, so there's no danger of sleeping in.


5 Minute Yoga
FREE for iOS
Not available for Android

If you keep skipping that yoga class in favour of the couch, start small with a short session each day, led by your smartphone. A timer ensures all poses are performed for the correct amount of time, and the mix of flexibility and strength exercises make it ideal for beginners.