I t’s official—again. CareerCast just re- leased its “Most Stressful Jobs of 2018” list, and it probably doesn’t come as any big surprise that event coordinator, aka meeting planner, ranks in the top
five for another consecutive year.
Thankfully for planners looking for
powerful ways to cope with the insanity,
meditation and mindfulness have come to
the rescue big time of late—most interestingly through tech. Apps that help people make
meditation, mindfulness and self-reflection
a daily habit are coming out in droves.
Taking a deep breath, focusing and
learning new ways to train your brain can
do wonders to alleviate stress, anxiety and
insomnia, in addition to boosting productivity and improving overall well-being.
We put several meditation and mindfulness apps to the test. Four rose to the top.
A sense of, you guessed it, calm immediately
envelops you when opening the Calm app,
as dreamy images and tranquil sounds of
your choice automatically play, perhaps
falling rain or a
Easy on the eyes
and even easier to
navigate, Calm has
a wealth of guided
meditation experiences ranging from
three minutes to
25 minutes. One of
the coolest options
is Daily Calm, a
10-minute meditation that ends with
message about topics such as following your dreams, letting
go and showing gratitude. It’s a great way to
automatically set yourself up for positivity
first thing in the morning.
Calm really sets itself apart with its
relaxing music series and its sleep stories
for adults. The tales, with titles like Sleeping
Beauty, The Velveteen Rabbit and dozens
more, are designed to take you back to a
simpler mental state, mixing music, sound
effects and soothing voices to help you drift
off into the land of zzz’s—naturally.
Calm also just launched a monthly
Masterclass series. The first installment,
Breaking Bad Habits, features psychiatrist
and addiction expert Judson Brewer, who
teaches participants mindfulness techniques that effectively help quell cravings.
Four hot meditation apps to help stressed-out
planners deal in 2018
BY LORI TENNY