A Guide to Some of the Best Meditation Apps Available
In a previous post, I had mentioned that going for walks in nature can put the mind in a state of meditation known as “involuntary attention”. In this blog post, I wanted to showcase some of the best meditation apps available so you can meditate and clear your head even when there isn’t time to take a walk. Why meditate? I know, I know. Who has the time or the patience? In the past I have found it VERY difficult to take a second to myself to meditate. However, once I found a way to sneak it into my day, it was MUCH easier to embrace. Not to mention, I began to experience more feelings of calm and even enjoyed more restful sleep. Plus, I could take a break from the figurative 20 tabs constantly open in my brain with music playing in the background.
Now that we are more sequestered indoors, emotions and tensions can run high, and we probably have even less time to ourselves. I have found taking time to meditate for a few minutes has especially helped manage how I’m feeling. For example, 5 minutes in the shower or 10 minutes as I lay in bed at night. If you’re feeling like you need a break from the noise, here’s a short list of meditation apps to get you started:
Let’s Meditate is completely free with no ads. It has varying tracks ranging from 5 minutes to 45 minutes. Each track has a different intention or prompt such as: “Fast Asleep”, “Beginner’s Guide”, and “No More Over-Thinking”. (Available on Android only)
Headspace has a free trial that teaches you how to meditate as a beginner. It has plenty of useful graphics for the visual learner in conjunction with the audio. It can also track your progress to create a meditation habit.
Relax Meditation offers two specialties that are great, especially if you have trouble falling asleep. You can use this app to mix over 100 sounds to create personalized tranquil white noise or layer it on top of your chosen guided meditation.
You can also book an online one-on-one guided meditation session during a virtual appointment. Guided meditation can be used to help you relax, sleep deeper, and encourage feelings of calm. Typically this accompanies personalized aromatherapy education, stretching tutorials, and self-massage instruction. Click here to book your virtual appointment online.