The Best Mindfulness Meditation Apps
Lockdown is back upon us, we are again restricted from doing things we enjoy, seeing our friends, going to the gym, going to the cinema etc. The current situation can easily have a negative impact on our mental well-being, resulting in feelings of anxiety and depression.
One thing you can do from the comfort of your home is practice meditation and mindfulness. This study from Science Daily found that just one session of mindfulness meditation can reduce anxiety.
If you would like to reap some of the benefits of meditation but don’t know where to begin we have put together a list of the most-effective mindfulness smartphone apps for you. These apps are easy to navigate and are readily available in your app stores.
These aren’t ranked in any particular order…
Calm teaches mindfulness and offers daily meditation practices in a simple manner that everyone can understand.
The calm app contains guided meditations, including a 7-days-of-calm series. It also has a body scan and meditation that eases tension.
You will also enjoy timed meditation sessions, over 20 visual and audio nature backgrounds. Calm is free to use but you can unlock more features by purchasing one of their subscriptions.
The headspace app is a creation of a famous meditation teacher, Andy Puddicombe, who describes it as a gym membership for the mind.
This application has a free and paid variant, and users can opt for either option depending on their preferences.
After downloading the headspace app, begin with the ten-day mindfulness and meditation program that helps users to improve their health.
The headspace app has brain development as its focus, and it entails a list of special meditations in areas like a relationship, health, and general performance.
You can also explore tons of quick, one-time guided meditations to redirect and calm the mind quickly when you need a fix.
One of the more unique features of headspace compared to the other apps in this list is that you can connect with your friends on the app and meditate together.
The Insight Timer app has a huge amount of free content available to consume and experience. To explore the free content, scroll past the button that asks you to begin a free trial and you will then have access to the free library.
Insight Timer boasts over 6 million active users and is like a huge community with thousands of guided meditations from tons of teachers who add new material daily. The app houses guided meditations across fields like creativity, stress, and relationships. Another cool feature is that on the app you can see how many people are meditating in real-time, and how many meditations are active on that day.
You can also browse through the list of teachers on the app to find out what teacher you prefer and follow their profile. Some popular teachers on the app are Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, and Jack Kornfield. Follow any teacher you love and keep tabs on their content to help you through your meditation journey.
As the name suggests, this app is a simple and straightforward meditation guide created by Richard and Mary Maddux, a couple who make up the Meditation Oasis team.
Richard is a music composer, while Mary is a healing arts practitioner and counselor. The duo created this simple and appealing app that users can download after paying a one-time fee.
Once you download the app, you can listen to several timed and guided meditations with or without sounds of nature and background music.
If you thrive on simple meditative processes, then Simply Being is a useful app of guided meditations.
My Life Meditation (formely Stop, Breathe & Think)
In essence, mindfulness is all about stopping, breathing, and managing your thoughts. This is why this mindfulness app has a name that instills the essence and awareness of mindfulness.
A cool feature of this application is that you can enter your current mood it will direct you to the best meditations for your day.
My Life Meditation is a completely free app created by ‘Tools for Peace,” a non-profit organisation for effective meditation.
Mindfulness meditation offers many health benefits, but like many good things, it needs constant practice. If you are feeling particularly anxious try and follow along with a guided meditation and see how you feel afterwards. You have nothing to lose.
For further reading on meditation check out our previous blog post Meditation For Stress And Anxiety.
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