Meditation is often referred to as an exercise for the body, mind, and soul. It is believed to be the perfect stress reliever—especially for those who can barely find time for themselves due to their fast-paced lives. Meditation helps one disconnect from the outside world and focus on oneself. Meditation can also help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, while aiding in building a stronger immune system, lowering the risk of heart disease, improving relationships, and increasing one’s happiness overall.
Though nothing can compete with having one’s own meditation guru on hand, a little technology can go a long way. These apps make it easy to unwind—whether you’re on the go or sitting down for some peace and quiet at home.
Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk dedicated to making meditation accessible. The guided programs are carefully designed and delivered by Puddicombe in a relaxed style to help support a healthy meditation process. You can browse the collections and pick sessions to suit your mood and lifestyle. Choose your session length, replay your favorites, and learn how to apply mindfulness to your everyday activities. Emma Watson and Miranda Kerr are fans, so you’re in good company with this one.
Calm is the easiest way to get away from your routine life and sit down for an effective meditation session. A narrator walks you through the whole process, inviting you to close your eyes, lighten your shoulders, focus on your chest, and notice sensations. With regular sessions ranging from two to 30 minutes, you can sit down, relax, and enjoy the natural sounds.
Designed for people living busy city lives, Buddhify helps you relax and meditate on the go. With custom-made meditation tracks, the app is full of guided audio exercises, which help you develop mindfulness, calm, and compassion wherever you are. Pick a track or style of meditation and choose either a male or female voice to guide you.
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