As we’ve mentioned before, meditation is a practice that everyone can benefit from. But how does one learn to do it?
As they say, “There is an app for that." The two apps mentioned below tackle exercises and meditations in a different way. We encourage you to try each of them out to see which fits your needs best. Be sure to try them for a whole week so you can get a good feel for each!
Commit to inviting them into any moments of panic, tough mornings, or restless nights. Put your feet up on your hammock and ease into the threads as you ease your mind each day before you start or as you are winding down.
Read on to learn more about two of the coolest apps that are recommended to help users begin meditative practices in everyday life.
The Calm app is a favorite around the office. It has everything from narrated stories that will help you sleep to guided meditations combating many personal aches.
The app provides users various features:
- Sleep: This features touches on a great point. We all loved story time before bed, why did we stop? The sleep stories are truly beautiful narrations by familiar voices. Take a walk through sleepy Provence or listen to the tale of The Seventh Princess, with or without your kids.
- Meditation: A variation of formats make this easy to tackle depending on how you want to commit to your meditative practice. You can learn tap into anything from Mindful Eating for Self-Care or Stress, Body Scan meditations for Focus, or 7 Days to Managing Anxiety for Inner Peace.
- Music: Lullabies, nature sounds, and soothing tracks to play while you ease into a silent meditation or play in the background as you get ready for your day or prepare your meal.
- Calm Kids: Stories and meditations to enjoy with your little ones.
- Masterclass: This allows users to dive deeper into any one of the themes with experts.
- Breathing Exercises: It’s simple: breath!
- Calm Body: Because stretching is always a good idea.
If you are a beginner, you can enjoy this app for 7 days and test it out. If you decide to upgrade to the premium (yearly) subscription, the Calm app does a great job of providing varied themes and continuous original content.
Similar to Calm, Headspace provides users with meditation and sleep content. Hundreds of meditations and exercises address themes like:
- Stress & Anxiety
- Falling Asleep & Waking Up
- Personal Growth, etc.
Headspace is excellent because it allows users to customize their content. Showing you the path of the course you’ve committed to. Courses vary anywhere from 3 minutes to 20.
Much like Calm, they have a section for kids as young as 3 years old. Walking them through the fundamentals of meditation and mindfulness. Sounds neat, right?
The app includes:
- Hundreds of guided meditations on subjects like focus, exercise, and sleep
- Sleep-focused meditations
- Everyday Headspace: daily meditations
- Headspace animations: questions and activities to help build skills
- “SOS” sessions for moments of restlessness or panic
- Tracking progress feature
- 2-3 minute “mini-meditations” for a quick reset
Unlike Calm, Headspace offers a monthly subscription but costs a little more for the year. This app is great about teaching you the essentials of mindfulness and meditation. A great way to master and keep your inner peace throughout the day.
We hoped you enjoy our recommendations. Please feel free to reach out regarding any other topics you’d love to learn more about.
Happy soothing, friends!