Mindfulness and meditation can help relieve stress and depression—and with new meditation apps, stress relief is just a few taps away. Blogger Bridget Casey recommends three meditation apps any Grownup can try.
What do passionate yogis and high-achieving entrepreneurs have in common? They carve out 20 minutes or more each day to meditate. Meditation has been shown to decrease stress, increase productivity, and improve your overall sense of well-being, so it’s no surprise it’s become a favorite practice of everyone from high-powered CEOs to college students.
Mindfulness, or the awareness of your moment-to-moment subjective conscious experience, goes hand-in-hand with meditation. This focus on being present can increase feelings of gratitude, reduce pain, and even help combat depression.
Taking time out to sit in stillness and meditate will not only give you a much-needed break from your busy schedule, but it will also help you become more mindful of every moment for the rest of the day. If you’re looking to introduce some of this quiet calm into your life but don’t know how to get started, the apps below are your ticket to Buddha bliss.
Headspace: Headspace is an excellent choice for a beginner. Their foundation series takes you through guided meditations in 10-minute increments and helps you work your way up to 20-minute sessions. Creator Andy pops in every few days with videos to encourage you and provide extra guidance in your practice. You can choose general meditation practices or specific packages to focus on stress, insomnia, or even “SOS” pieces to help you through a meltdown. The only downside to Headspace is the price, which is $13/month (or $90 for a year), making it one of the more expensive apps on the market. But can you put a price on inner peace?
Stop, Breathe, Think: Stop, Breathe, Think—simplified to “Breathe” as the app name once you download it to your device—was the first meditation app I tried, and it still has a place on my smartphone. Like Headspace, Breathe offers short, guided meditation sessions to help you relax and focus. However, unlike Headspace, Breathe will guide you through pondering big-picture perspectives. These meditation sessions have titles like “equanimity” or “great compassion”. Don’t be intimidated by these grandiose titles, though! Unlocking the secrets of the universe is as easy as breathing deeply and closing your eyes. Breathe has in-app purchases, but as far as free content goes, this one is the leader.
Omvana: Omvana connects you to meditation recordings on any and every topic under the sun, from overcoming fear to chakra activation. Unlike Breathe and Headspace, Omvana doesn’t give you the same guide each time. Instead, it functions as a platform (much like iTunes) to connect you with various free and paid guided meditations that you can download. Prices range from $0 to $8, so it can get pricey, but you never run out of opportunities to try something new (which can’t always be said about sitting in silence for 20 minutes at a time!).
Like eating right and hitting the gym, practicing mindfulness and meditation are some of the best things you can do daily to improve your health and well-being. So find a quiet spot, push play, and breathe.
Bridget Casey writes for MoneyAfterGraduation.com.
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