Feeling on edge, anxious or stressed recently? Whilst a relaxing beach holiday might currently be off the cards, we can all do little things at home to help us unwind.
Meditation offers so many benefits to our mind, body and soul, including better sleep, improved focus, less stress and clearer decision making. Just a few minutes a day can be transformational over time.
To help you on your way to finding your zen, we've rounded up our favourite apps for all things wellness and meditation. All of these apps can be found on the app store and some are completely free, whilst others offer a free trial to try before you buy.
Insight Timer offers over 45,000 completely free guided meditations and music tracks to offer support for every emotion you can think of. New sounds are added every day and this app is great for both beginners and practised meditators alike. We particularly love that you can completely customise your listening experience to suit your routine and mood. You’ll be drifting away into a restorative meditation session in no time.
Touted by The Guardian as one of the ‘seven apps every woman should own’, Clementine is the ultimate go-to place on your phone to worry less, feel more confident and sleep better. They offer hypnotherapy-based emotional health advice and guided mantras, designed to stop negative thoughts in their tracks and replace them with positive ones. I think we all could do with some of that! You can find them on the Apple app store and online (Android version coming soon).
Ten Percent Happier
This app is particularly suited to those who struggle to switch off and feel meditation isn’t their cup of tea. You’ll discover very practical teachings you can carry anywhere which are fun and engaging, making the confusion around meditation extremely straightforward and easy if you haven’t done it before. Each practice is designed to help you increase your joy, gratitude and love in life - with no magical thinking required!
One for those who are really short on time, Aura is an emotional health and sleep app that helps you relieve stress in just three minutes - think soothing your nerves before a job interview or first date! Discover mindfulness meditations, stories and life coaching hacks. They also offer a plethora of empowering and calming audio tracks to soothe you into a state of tranquillity and calm.
‘Meditation made simple’, Headspace offers bite-sized mini-meditations, including exercises to add extra mindfulness to your day, plus hundreds of meditations on everything from stress to sleep. They offer a free 10-day beginner course that guides you through the essentials and provides you with a solid foundation to build your practice on.
We hope you enjoy exploring these soothing apps and that they bring a little bit of calm into your daily life. Let us know which ones you try or if you’ve got any favourites that you think we should add to our list!