Meditation is a powerful way to relax your body and calm your mind. But if you're not sure how to get started, we have good news — there's an app for that! In fact, there are many apps for that. Free, top-rated options include The Mindfulness App; Headspace; Calm; Stop, Breathe & Think; and 10% Happier.
The Mindfulness App is great for beginners and gurus alike and offers timed, guided, or silent meditations starting at just three minutes. That means you'll be able to find a suitable meditation no matter how busy your lifestyle is. Headspace teaches mindfulness techniques as well as meditation. For bedtime, it offers 10 sleep music tracks or 16 nature soundscapes. The app can also build you a personalized plan, allowing you to learn the essentials of meditation and build from there.
Calm is an award-winning app with calming exercises, breathing techniques to help you relax, and even a Calm Kids section with meditations for kids between 3 and 17. With Stop, Breathe, & Think, meditation recommendations are based on your emotions. The app can help you identify how you're feeling then help you tame anxiety, reduce stress, or breathe deeply through short, guided meditations, yoga videos, and acupressure videos.
10% Happier is an app designed for meditation skeptics. Fresh content is added each week to keep meditation from becoming a chore. Daily videos and guided meditations teach you what to do in the simplest way possible, while a range of content shows you how to cope with everyday stressors.