For those who know me they’ve probably gotten an earful about the need to meditate, and there is no better time to venture into meditation than right now. With all the fear and uncertainty going on in the world right now, there is only a handful of things that we can do to gain back a measure of our control, and to alleviate some of the stress. Meditation does not have to be this huge endeavour, and even if you’ve tried it and failed at it this doesn’t mean that meditation is not right for you. It just means that you didn’t get there yet, that you did not experience your click yet …which is the perfect reason why you should keep on trying. Below are the best meditation apps around that will help you with your worry, anxiety, and depression.
1 || Headspace
Headspace has become the be all of meditation apps. Personally, it was the app the got me hooked on meditation. It’s guided meditations are great for beginners, and they also offer breathing techniques that help its users completely relax.
2 || Calm
If you subscribe to Calm you will have access to an endless stream of meditations, ‘sleep stories’ and nature sounds. Users swear by the app’s ’sleep stories’ and their ability to provide deep relaxation at night. Calm’s graphics are realistic and people feel them to be more relaxing than other apps.
3 || Insight Timer
This app offers an abundance of free meditations, more like 35,000, whereas its premium version offers meditation classes and shares its income with its meditation teachers. You can find countless silent meditations, a variety of teachers, and you can search meditations by duration.
4 || Buddhify
This is an app that has over 200 meditations that help with anxiety, sleep problems, stress, pain management, and processing emotions. What differs here from other apps is that it offers mindfulness exercises for different situations such as for travelling, work, eating, etc. You also get to choose the voice that you’re most comfortable with, and it also has a ‘karaoke-style feature’ that allows users to guide others in meditation.
5 || Simple Habit
This app promises all the benefits of meditation in just five-minute meditations. Meditations are given by a variety of teachers and there are themed sessions to choose from depending on your intentions or goals.
6 || Aura
Daily meditations, life coaching, stories, music, and nature sounds are all personalised on this app depending on the mood you choose. You can also set reminders to breathe and to take mindfulness breaks during your day.
7 || Oak
Users of this app claim that it’s almost like an addictive mobile phone game. This app motivates beginners by allowing them to earn badges for meditating in addition to offering daily inspirational quotes. It also comes with simple breathing exercises, sleep sounds, and sleep breathing meditations. You can customise the topic, the time, the speaker voice, and the background sounds.