From delayed train journeys to annoying work dramas – it can be hard to de-stress when nothing seems to be going your way. That’s why it’s so important to take a little bit of time out to refresh your busy mind. Whether you’re feeling anxious or having difficulty sleeping, one of these mindfulness apps could help clear the fog a little.
It makes total sense to start with a no-brainer. Headspace is one of the best-known meditation apps out there. And from personal experience it’s really affective. The app eases you into the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with a free 10-part basics course. Each of these sessions will come in three, five or 10-minute chunks. So, you can pick a session based on how much time you have. And the meditations are so easy to follow. Once you’ve completed the free trial you’ll need to pay for further sessions – but whether you pay the £9.99 a month subscription or use it as an introduction into meditation, we’d highly recommend it.
Another one of the most popular meditation apps is Calm - which brings joy, peace and a sense of clarity to everyday life. As soon as you open it, you’re greeted with the immediate sound of falling rain, a crackling fireplace or crickets in the background. Then, get a little bit of me time with a whole host of short, medium or long meditation sessions. Remember being a kid and nodding off to a bedtime story? Try Calm’s Sleep Stories, read by the likes of Stephen Fry and meditation expert, Tarama Levitt – which will help send you off into a blissful slumber. Like most of the other mindfulness apps, you get a free trial and then it’s £9.99 for Calm thereafter.
Sharing is caring. That’s why Insight Time is such a hit with subscribers. Described as ‘a social network for meditators’, the app lets you share and discuss your mindfulness experience with like-minded people all around the world. Not only are there are whole network of community groups ranging from beginners to expert, but there’s also a vast library packed with guided mediations led by some of the world’s top experts. What better way to learn than from the very best?
One of the few meditation apps that you pay for entirely upfront, Buddhify is all about bringing more calm, clarity and kindness to all parts of your life. Its meditation sessions are organised by theme according to what you’re up to – from waking up with anxiety in the morning to struggling to get to sleep at night. There are more than 80 tracks to explore, so you’re sure to find something that works for you.
If you’re looking for a meditative experience more tailored to you, Aura is the app you need in your life. It learns about you by asking questions. You then receive a daily three-minute meditation based on the answers you give. So, if you’re feeling particularly heavy-headed one day, it’ll give you the tools you need to take a much-needed step back from your busy schedule to focus on your mental health.
Do you currently use a mindfulness app? Is it one of these? If not, which one do you fancy downloading? Let us know in the comments.