If you don’t meditate or do some sort of relaxation exercise every day, start now! I do a guided meditation either every morning or evening to help start my day off focused or to help me go to sleep. I am telling you, it really works! I am a graduate student who works multiple jobs, and I reached a point where I needed to find a quick and easy way to keep myself motivated and focused instead of having burnout 24/7. After absolutely nothing was working to keep my anxiety down and my attention focused… (wait for it…)
I found a solution!
It’s kinda funny how I stumbled upon getting into using guided meditations. I was actually checking my inbox on the Starbucks app and noticed that they had a free download for a meditation app (Meditation Studio). I downloaded it, used it once, and then fell in love!
There are A LOT of helpful meditation apps out there, but they are either waaay too expensive for what it’s worth or they just don’t help you relax to your fullest potential. I have comprised this list of the best guided meditation apps that I have found easiest to use and most helpful in my own meditation. Oh, did I mention that they are also FREE?
The overall vibe of Headspace is fun, animated, and educational. You have a “tour guide” who guides you through how to mediate and some tips to creating it a healthy habit. I enjoy this app, but there are some pros and cons:
- Simple and easy to navigate
- Short meditations for kids
- SOS guided meditations for if you are having a “meltdown” (how they term it)
- Reminders to do meditation exercises (optional)
- Multiple series of exercises that are 10-30 days long – health, relationship, performance, etc.
- Invite friends for support
- Track your stats (average mediation duration, total number of sessions, and total time meditating)
- Must complete 10 day intro before having the ability to use the full app (meditation series, single meditations, etc.) and…
- Must pay subscription after completing 10 day guided meditation
- No calming music/nature sounds
Although you must subscribe to use this app after the 10 days, I still added this app to the list because I think it is a great tool for learning how to use guided mediations in your daily routine. I also love.love.love. the educational videos woven in between the exercises!
- Can set a daily reminder
- Daily inspirational quotes right when you open the app
- Have the option to choose between 5, 10, or 20 minutes exercises
- Gives you a super cool map of how many people are using the app in real time!
- Gives you options to find meditations for if you are either at home or on the go
- Limited free options
- No relaxing background/nature sounds
This app is very easy to use and has more of a variety of meditations to choose from compared to Headspace. Like I said with the Headspace app, although this app is not completely free, it gives you the basic skills and knowledge needed to expand your meditation skill set!
- Daily mood and health tracking
- Track your mood (there’s an option to journal as well!)
- Activities personally chosen for you based on your current mood
- Track your health (sleep patterns, exercise, daily habits, etc.)
- Customized to fit your personal goals (e.g. improve your mood, help feeling less anxious, live a healthier lifestyle, etc)
- App developers consulted therapists to help with creating therapy-based activities
- Pick your own theme
- Uses reminders to keep you on a schedule
- Completely free!
- Not many!
To be honest, this is my ultimate favorite free mediation app! This is why I do not have many bad things to say about it. You can say I’m biased 😉
Alright, so that’s it! I am aware that there are more guided meditation apps out there, but these are the ones that I have found most helpful in my journey.
As you probably noticed, some of these apps are not completely free, but they do give you the basic ground work needed for meditating. Each of the 3 apps that I talked about are different in their presentation and way in which they are designed to help you. So, pick the one that works best for you!
What are some of your favorite mindfulness apps? I’d love to hear about them! 🙂
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