We’re the first to admit how life can get pretty stressful at times. When we’re constantly connected to our (several) devices and in non-stop go-mode, it can often be difficult to find a balance. Although we as humans have developed many mechanisms to cope with stress, (hello, an entire bottle of wine) meditation is a tried-and-true stress-reducing practice that offers many science-backed health benefits like lowered blood pressure and a boost in your immune system. This ancient mindfulness technique teaches you to center your thoughts and slow down the mind in order to achieve a higher level mental clarity. Here, five guided meditation apps to get you started on the path of stress-free living.
Meditation Apps For Beginners
Headspace aims to train your mind to disregard external stimuli and focus on breathing techniques, which is the foundation of mediation. The app offers ten-minute daily sessions for beginners and fun animations that break down the basics of meditation.
Omvana offers a library of audio tracks for guided mediation as well as stimulating sounds to help you relax, focus, fall asleep faster and be more productive. The app offers hundreds of tracks featuring music, poetry, inspirational speeches and guided meditations lead by famous authors, teachers and spiritual leaders.
Buddhify is described as the mindfulness app for modern life. The app offers custom guided meditation tracks for anywhere you are—at home, walking around the city, at work or going to sleep. It also provides graphs and stats to track your progress.
OMG! I Can Meditate
OMG! I Can Meditate is an app that doesn't take itself too seriously and is extremely user-friendly. Beginners can opt for the 12-week daily meditation program, which slowly eases you into the practice of meditation a few minutes each day. There's also the option for self-practice and specialty meditations for relaxation, happiness, relationships and health and wellness, among others.
The Mindfulness App
The Mindfulness App starts you off with a five-day guided practice before moving on to a range of guided and silent three to 30-minute meditations. The app also sends you daily reminders and offers recommended custom meditation tracks based on your area of focus and skill level.