Best Meditation Apps

Digital Self Care: 8 Meditation Apps to Keep You Calm During a Pandemic

If you’ve been feeling anxious and finding yourself hard to catch some z’s, you’re not alone. Sometimes, all you need is some alone time and away from all the distractions.

According to studies, meditation helps reduce stress and greatly helps to navigate through your mental health. And with everything that’s been happening around, trust that we need this badly.

However, if you’re like me who has tried meditating, have constantly failed and are left with questions like: What’s the proper way of doing it? For how long should I do it? How do people even do this? Hopefully, this list of the best meditation apps will bring you a bit of cheer to your life and calmer days ahead.

Headspace

One of the most popular meditation apps, Headspace has a hundred of guided meditations, mini-meditations, sleep sounds, and more to help you better understand meditation. See at as the entryway to meditation if you don’t know where to begin.

Price: $7.99 to $12.99 per month after trial


Download: iOS | Android

Calm

It offers its users calming exercises, breathing techniques to help you relax and even has a Calm Kids section perfect for kids. There’s also the new Sleep Stories section featuring a great mix of voice talents to help you sleep. Users can now access the app through the Apple Watch, with three breathing exercises, a mindful walking meditation, and calming exercises.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download: iOS | Android

Insight Timer

Users can browse thousands of guided meditations to build a simple daily habit. What’s notable about this app is it has ten or more free guided meditations added every day. There are also discussion groups and music tracks to calm the mind and help you sleep.

Price: Free, with in-app purchase

Download: iOS | Android

Stop, Breathe & Think

Meditation sessions are based on your emotions. The app helps its users to identify how they’re feeling, tame their anxiety, reduce stress, sleep better, and more. The app also allows its users to track their mood and progress, and check in with themselves daily.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download: iOS | Android

10% Happier

The app offers daily videos and guided meditation to teach its users what to do in the simplest way possible. It is based on the book of the same name and is perfect for the skeptic who is not sure that they want to meditate. 10% Happier gives you a range of content on how to cope with stressors like anxiety and political stress.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download: iOS | Android

The Mindfulness App

If you’re looking to improve your mental health and overall wellbeing, The Mindfulness App offers a wide variety of options for all levels and types of meditators. The app has a five-day guided introduction to Mindfulness, guided and silent timed sessions from 3 to 30 minutes, and a library filled with premium meditations and courses.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download: iOS | Android

Aura

If you’re into daily meditations, life coaching, stories and music which are personalized based on the mood you select when you open the app, Aura is the one for you. The app has an option to track your moods and give you a review of your patterns. You can also set reminders to breathe and take breaks throughout the day.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download: iOS | Android

Satvva

The app draws its meditation from Vedic principles. It features meditation, chants, and mantras delivered by Sanskrit scholars. Simple meditations start at six minutes and users can keep track of their progress with the meditation journal and browse through playlists to inspire your own sessions.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download: iOS | Android

buddhify

The app has over 200 meditations to help with issues like anxiety, stress, sleep, pain, and more. You can also choose from a number of teachers who will work well with your style. What’s great about buddhify is you can do mindfulness exercises anywhere — traveling, working, eating, and more. Each session is as short as 3 minutes and as long as 40 minutes, so it’s perfect for beginners or pros.

Price: $4.99, plus in-app purchases

Download: iOS | Android

What’s your favorite meditation app? Let us know in the comments!

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