Whether you’ve been practicing meditation for years or just starting out, there are so many apps out there that can help improve your well-being if you are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression. When I’ve had a particularly hard day, I like to take a few minutes to reacquaint myself with my own breathing. That time I get to be alone and be still is something I am immensely grateful for.
Below are some apps that I’ve tried that I think will be great whether you are just a beginner or just looking for something that will improve your practice.
If you prefer a guided meditation, Inscape is a great way for beginners to start getting their zen on. It’s an easy way to sleep better, stress less and feel happier. According to how you’re feeling, it will automatically make daily recommendations tailored to you. They also have a wide variety of playlists to choose from. I especially enjoy the visualization technique which teaches you how to use your imagination to achieve a more positive outlook. Saying thank you (especially at this time of year) is something small but significant that we can incorporate into our daily routine.
Not to sound corny but I love how calm I feel after using this app! It automatically puts you into a serene state with it’s relaxing playlists. You are able to track how much time you’ve spent meditating, how many courses you’ve completed and it also shows you how many days you’ve meditated in a row. I especially enjoy spritzing some Before Bed Spray on my sheets before listening to their Sleep Stories at night. It guarantees a good night’s rest!
Right now I'm doing their 7 Days of Gratitude exercise.
Cultivating a healthier mindset takes time. 10% Happier is trying to make meditation seem less like a chore and more like a great addition to your life.
10% Happier guides you through the basics while offering specific courses that help you sleep better, reduce stress and boost your focus.
This is a great one for those who are new to meditation and prefer the no bullsh*t, more scientific approach to mindfulness. What sets this app apart from the others is its in-depth content library all helmed by veterans in their fields: from scientists to authors who offer amazing insights into how to improve your life.
Whether you only have 5 minutes or a half an hour to practice there are so many meditations to choose from that can work with your schedule.
Which apps are currently helping you practice mindfulness? Have you tried any of these apps we mentioned above? Tell us what your experience was like!