Last month the Pretio team hosted a Mindfulness Seminar put on by MindWell Canada and held at the always inspiring Fort Tectoria. The seminar was customized for local tech/startup employees (i.e. multi-screen addicts) designed to teach us how to live a less stressful, more joyful and connected life. Our big brothers at Google, Apple and LinkedIn have made Mindfulness a part of their corporate culture with studies reporting a significant effect on work performance, creativity and conflict management.

So what did we do for two hours? We practiced focusing our breath and clearing our minds. And, remarkably, we all left feeling a little bit lighter – and more than a little curious about how we could bring these newfound skills into our daily lives.

Seeing as we live and breathe mobile at Pretio, it only made sense for us to find the best apps for some peace and mind. Check out these apps and take a minute for yourself. We promise it will be worth it. After all, finding time for your mental health are definitely #momentsthatmatter.

apps1.pngInsight Timer (iOS Android)- With beautiful Tibetan singing bowls and a dynamic worldwide meditation community, Insight Timer is the fun, simple, connected way to support your meditation practice. Free and pay options.


apps2.pngStop, Breathe, and Think (iOS & Android)- A free mindfulness, meditation and compassion building tool for middle-school students, high-school students, and adults. The App is simple, fun, and easy to use. Check-in to how you are thinking and feeling, and select emotions that guide you to recommended choices from 15 age-appropriate mindfulness and compassion-building audio meditations in a prioritized list.

apps3.pngCalm (iOS Android)– Guided meditations, music tracks, and nature scenes, Calm can help you meditate, sleep, relax, focus and much more. By downloading this app, you’ll discover how meditation can improve your mood – and your life.


apps4.pngThe Mindfulness Training App (iOS)- Start meditating right away with a wide variety of practices and styles presented by expert teachers. This app brings you a dynamic selection of interactive audio, video, and written instruction, along with special features to support your growing practice.

apps5.pngThe Smiling Mind (iOS Android) – Smiling Mind is meditation made easy. A simple tool that helps put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and everyday.



apps6.pngHeadspace (iOS & Android)- Headspace is a gym membership for the mind. This app provides you with daily 10 minute guided meditations. It’s a premium service, but they have a 10 day starter course that lets you try it for free.