The 5 Best Apps to Help You Meditate
Simple meditation can help you kick worry and stress to the curb, and thanks to handy apps, you can learn how to meditate anytime, anywhere. Check out these five meditation apps that receive high praise in both the Google Play and iTunes stores.
Whether you need a meditation app to help you sleep or to tame your daytime anxiety, users claim that Calm lives up to its name. Start off your Calm experience with 7 Days of Calm, an introductory program that teaches you how to meditate. Then you’ll be ready to dive into the app’s other features, like short, guided meditations to use throughout your day.
The features of the basic app are free. A paid subscription is required for access to premium features, such as the 21-day program and a variety of guided meditations.
If poor sleep is ruining your quality of life, turn to Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson for help. Johnson’s soothing voice, paired with calming background music, will bring you into a meditative state, just right for drifting off to sleep. Even users who have struggled with sleep issues for years have found success with this app. The $2.99 price tag is an easy one to pay in exchange for a night of quality sleep.
With At Ease: Anxiety and Worry Relief, you’ll learn how to use your breathing to your advantage. When worry gets the best of you, proper breathing can reduce stress and tension. The app’s three meditations each focus on a different aspect of breathing. In addition to meditation, At Ease also involves journaling and exercises that will strengthen the effect of the lessons you are learning through the guided meditations. At Ease: Anxiety and Worry Relief is a $2.99 purchase.
Funky, eyecatching graphics aren’t the only thing Headspace has going for it. With this free app, you’ll have access to the Take 10 program, which teaches the basics of meditation in 10 10-minute sessions. Even users who have been resistant to the idea of meditation report that Headspace’s approach has made meditation a highly anticipated part of their days.
Headspace is free, but to go beyond the initial Take 10 program, a paid subscription is required. In-app purchase prices begin at $12.99.
Omvana gathers the insight of multiple meditation experts into one app. For greater functionality, Omvana is compatible with HealthKit. When you opt for integration with HealthKit, you’ll receive recommendations of various meditation tracks to try. The basic app is free, but in-app purchases allow you to buy different guided meditations that meet your individual needs. Examples of popular tracks available for purchase are Sleep Meditation and Be Insanely Productive.