Declutter The Mind is a new meditation app deigned to help you clear your mind and learn mindfulness. I was given the opportunity of trying out the free version, and I was pleased with what I found, with a few exceptions.
What Is Declutter The Mind?
The app contains a variety of guided meditations along with articles to help you learn more about meditation. The app developers state that they are currently growing the amount of guided meditations on the app. However, at the moment there are only a few different meditations available.
The free guided meditations in the app include:
- Flying Anxiety
- Grief and Sadness
- Loving Kindness
- Mindfulness with open eyes
- Sound mindfulness
- Body scan
As well as the above, the free version of the app gives you the first five days of the 30-Day Mindfulness course, and additional written articles. The list of articles includes specific meditation tutorials and general self-improvement-type articles on everything from how to stop complaining to how to build confidence.
I did enjoy the quality of the guided meditations.
I spent five days doing the mindfulness course and definitely found it enjoyable and relaxing. The actual information in the course is somewhat generic and certainly available elsewhere. What set it apart, for me, was the quality of the meditation teacher’s delivery. His voice is very relaxing and within a few minutes of listening to him I felt like he was a close friend there to help me. I like that he leaves plenty of pauses too, so you can temporarily stop listening in order to focus on actually meditating.
I would have liked to have known more about the meditation teacher. Who is he? What experience does he have in meditation? However, this information was not immediately available (perhaps it is stated somewhere in the app, but I couldn’t find it).
The same thing is true of the author of the app’s articles. There is a picture of the author, and her name, Amber Murphy, but I couldn’t find any information about Amber’s experience. As for the articles themselves, they are well written and clear, but I found them very familiar. There is little to separate these articles from other ones you can find online.
The Premium version
The majority of the apps’ content is found in the courses, the mosty of which are only available in the premium version ($10.99 per month or $104.99 per year).
There are courses on the following topics:
- 30 Day Mindfulness
- 10 Day Loving Kindness
- 30 Day Advanced Mindfulness
There is also the Daily Guided Meditation included in the premium version.
I was sent the free version of the app and so cannot comment on these in full, except for the first 5 days of the 30 Day Mindfulness course. I enjoyed this course and definitely did find it relaxing. I believe beginners will find the course educational, and the delivery of the material is very clear, making it a great way to get started with mindfulness.
I will say that I think the price of the premium version is too high for an app in its infancy. There is currently little content available, and although the developer states that more content is being created, it seems a little steep to charge $10.99 per month when there is currently little content, especially when apps like Headspace charge a similar price for a much larger library of content. I do wonder whether it would be better both for users and the developer to use a free version monetised with ads until more content is available.
Needs to distinguish itself
I want to make perfectly clear that I truly enjoyed the guided meditations in this app. The meditation teacher’s voice is friendly and soothing and I would definitely listen to more of his guided meditations.
That said, I do feel that the content on this app is very familiar. It gives you everything you have already come to expect from a meditation app: guided meditations, some articles, and a meditation tracker.
My worry with this is that the app will not be able to distinguish itself in the already highly competitive market. The sheer amount of mindfulness apps available today means that developers need to stand-out and offer something different if they are to be discovered.
I would really love to see Declutter The Mind find its own unique angle. Perhaps it could focus more on its title, by actually using meditation systematically to “declutter the mind” instead of simply offering guided meditations that are already available on more well-established apps.
Declutter The Mind is an enjoyable mindfulness app with excellent guided meditations. However, it is a little pricy considering the amount of content currently available. I would also love to see this app distinguish itself by taking a new angle and offering something different to other mindfulness apps.
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