Stress, worry, chaos, and the fear of the unknown can wreak havoc on our well-being, causing undo anxiety and panic. Meditation may just be the answer to your woes.
As per Maxwell Software, the maker of Meditation Timer Pro, "Meditation is a classic, simple, and inexpensive way to lead you into a wonderful state of inner peace and inner calm, and it helps you to relax, enhancing your physical, mental, and emotional well-being."
According to The Chopra Center, "The variety of meditation techniques, traditions, and technologies is nearly infinite, but the essence of meditation is singular: the cultivation of mindful awareness and expanded consciousness."
These 6 meditation apps take this ages-old process and makes it easy to zone in to zone out no matter where you are. Tap into your senses and download one (or all) of these apps when you're feeling stressed-out or just need some peaceful "me time."
Insight Timer, a free meditation app, is a hub for more than 3 million meditators. It is available for both iOS and Android users and was ranked the best free meditation app at both stores! With over 7,000 guided meditations from more than 1,000 teachers, every day can be unique, soothing, and inspiring. There are introductory meditations for beginners, morning- and sleep-based meditations, and something for everyone to use for relaxation and mindfulness 24/7. From nature sounds to prayers to connections with the moon and stars, these guided meditations will clear your mind and center your soul. Available in 25 languages, nearly anyone can benefit. There are also groups for support and connection to spirituality for like-minded meditators as well as informative podcasts.
Stop, Breathe & Think
Stop, Breathe & Think
The Stop, Breathe & Think free meditation-based app promises "5 minutes to peace." The goal is to check in with your emotions, take time to practice mindful breathing to process your thoughts and reactions, then think about gaining knowledge and strength to persevere through stressful times. The app teaches beginners how to explore the process of meditation, what mindfulness really means, and what you'll gain from the meditation experience overall. The meditation sessions vary in length and are directed by different meditators, and you can choose the path you're interested in improving upon depending on the stressors present in your life. Your progress page keeps tabs of how much you've used the app and how you feel as each session is completed. This app is available for iOS and Android users. They've got an app just for kids too!
The Australian-based company has created a free meditation app called Smiling Mind made for people of all ages, from children to adults. The app requires just 10 focused minutes per day to clear the mind and create a balanced and healthy feeling of well-being. Designed to reduce worries, become more energized, find peace and calmness, increase concentration, and to regulate emotions, Smiling Mind is easy to follow and enjoyable to use. There are different programs to choose from based upon your needs and goals, be it for a better sense of personal well-being, enhanced productivity in the classroom, or a reduction of work-related stress. Works with iOS and Android devices.
The Buddhify app, made for iOS and Android users, is colorful and beautiful, making that first click onto the app instantly peace-inducing. The app features 80+ custom-made meditations with over 11 hours of material that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime. The meditation programs were designed by experts and aim to reduce stress, become aware of your present surroundings, and find your way to a better night's sleep. Some of the app's newer sections include meditations for work, travel, and best for using while taking walks. iOS users can enjoy Buddhify for $4.99 and Android users can download the app for $2.99.
Meditation Timer Pro
Meditation Timer Pro is simple and direct, nothing fancy or confusing, just straight-up meditation direction and timing to be sure you've used your time sufficiently. Using one of the four default meditation programs, you can edit the amount of time you wish to zone in, and choose the soothing sounds you enjoy the most. You can also create a customized program to cater to your meditation needs and preferences. Keep track of your progress and reduction in stress as you meditate your way to a better you. Available for iOS users for a $0.99 download fee.
The Headspace meditation app promotes that in just a few minutes each day, you can work towards a less-stressed, more focused, better-rested you. The free 10-day beginner course will teach the basics of the meditation process and guide you through the skills needed for the path towards calmness. Through animated sessions, you will learn to embody mindfulness and compassion in your relationships. The meditation techniques used by Headspace are scientifically-backed and can be used anytime you need a moment of clarity. Download at the iTunes store or get it on Google Play. Invite others to join your journey and track your progress as you better yourself session by session.