We all strive to relax and have less worry in our lives. However, it is often easier said than done. Maybe striving to relax is where we went wrong. Or maybe it’s just that we get busy in our lives with work, hobbies, friends, and everything else.
Sometimes it’s more than worth it to take a step back from your stressful life and meditate. There are many proven benefits of meditation. In only a few minutes a day, you can drastically improve your mood in a positive way.
Now, thanks to the rise in technology, there are more meditation and relaxation tools available than ever before. Here are a handful of different apps that will help you in your meditation journey.
A big part of meditation and mindfulness is staying in the moment and this app is all about tailoring sessions for that specific moment.
If you are new to meditation, this app will make it easy. Like most of the apps on this list, this one offers you a ton of different types of meditation lengths and focuses to guide you through. However, this app helps "get in the moment" better than most and is extremely simple to use. Stop, Breathe and Think can help you find the perfect session for the exact moment you are in.
Whether you feel like appreciating the way you currently feel, taking in your surroundings, blocking out negative thoughts, or more, this app will have the right session for that feeling and moment.
One of the biggest selling points of this app is that it asks you how you are feeling before a session, which can be a good way in itself to take a step back and truly be mindful of your body and mind. This app is free, but certain sessions can cost a few dollars.
This is one of the few meditation apps that you fully pay for up front, but its worth it. It costs only a few dollars and once that is paid, the entire library of content is open to you. This app organizes its meditation sessions by what you are doing and can teach you about the art of meditation along the way.
Being mindful can be hard with a busy life, but this app helps to make it a part of your daily routine. These 5-30 minute sessions are great for seamlessly incorporating into your everyday life, no matter what you are doing or where you are. Whether you are taking a break at work, just waking up, going to bed, walking in the city, or anything else, this app will have you covered.
If you are a bit of a skeptic about the whole "meditation thing," this app is for you. Headspace is a British app that is extremely straightforward and honest with its approach. The spoken-word exercises in the app run about 10 minutes and address a bunch of different themes including focus and performance. The app comes with a free 10-session pack of meditations, but if you want more after that, you must pay a subscription fee.
If you need to work being less high-strung and calm down in your life, this app is for you. Calm is an app that starts you on a seven-day training program. This is a great way to accustom yourself to meditation. You can choose the length of the session, what sounds you hear, and even what kind of visual stimulation you will see. You can also go through both unguided and guided sessions. The app is free, but if you pay the subscription fee, it opens up the option for a 21-day program.
This app differs from most in that it was originally designed for children and young people, though plenty of adults use it too. The programs in this app are divided by age so everyone has personalized sessions. While we mainly think of adults being stressed out, children deal with a ton of stress as well, and this app is perfect for them. The app is extremely easy to use, completely and totally free, and can potentially be a big help for children who are going through emotional issues.
This is a different sort of app that can connect you with professional services near you. This app is perfect if you want to locate a yoga studio, salon, massage therapist, or fitness classes. You can browse the different ones in your area, read reviews on them, and even book appointments directly through the app. The app can also help you manage your schedule of appointments easily and, if you use a Fitbit, the app will even help track your health and fitness as well.
This app is great if you don't want structured meditation sessions, but just want some relaxing sounds. Relax Melodies is home to a wide variety of calming and soothing sounds and white noise to help you relax. Whether you want help sleeping, or some nice relaxing music while you work or study, this app can help you out. There is even a "mix" option that lets you customize the sounds and music to your liking.