Well-being

5 mindfulness meditation apps worth downloading

Mindfulness meditation has been growing in popularity over the past several years, and no wonder. It’s been shown to help with depression, stress, and anxiety, as well as help us to focus better and live more in the present moment.

If you’re interested in trying out mindfulness meditation, a mindfulness app can help. There are many out there, so we’ve sorted through them to bring you the top five which are worth downloading.

 

Headspace

1. Headspace

Headspace is one of the most well-known mindfulness apps and has an approach based on both the ancient traditions and the science behind meditation. Meditations are organized around goals, such as sleep, stress, and mindfulness, and the free beginners’ course will introduce you to the basics of meditation before you commit to the paid version.

What makes it different?

  • Great for beginners who want to dip their toe in meditation and mindfulness through the 10-part basics course.
  • Brightly coloured animations give a friendly feel to the app and help guide users.
  • If you need to disconnect, you can save your favourites for when you’re offline.
  • All sessions are narrated by the soothing tones of the app’s founder,
    Andy Puddicombe, and are more relaxing and less jargon-heavy than other apps.

How much does it cost?

USD$69.99 yearly subscription (first 2 weeks free)
USD$12.99 monthly subscription (first week free)

Headspace

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Download on the Appstore

Download on google Play

 

Calm

2. Calm

Another of the big hitters in the mindfulness space, Calm offers guided meditations on myriad topics ranging from saying yes to life, to mindfulness at work. On top of this, the app offers soothing soundscapes, masterclasses from experts in meditation, and a 30-day how to meditate program.

What makes it different?

  • On opening the app, you’re instantly greeted by the relaxing sounds of the outdoors, such as rolling waves, pouring rain, or crackling firewood.
  • Calm has a library of Sleep Stories narrated by celebrities to help you drift off. Ever wanted to be read a bedtime story by Matthew McConaughey or Stephen Fry? Well, now you can.
  • The app includes a mood check-in feature, which allows you to reflect on how you’re feeling each day.
  • The Calm Kids section offers meditations for kids aged 3 to 17.

How much does it cost?

CA$76.99 billed annually (7-day free trial)

CA$499.99 lifetime subscription

Calm

Download it now

Download on the Appstore

Download on google Play

 

Sattva

3. Sattva

Sattva draws on the ancient Vedic principles of meditation to provide guided meditations, chants, and mantras delivered by Sanskrit scholars. Meditations start from six minutes, and address topics such as detaching the mind, managing thoughts, and acceptance.

What makes it different?

  • Sattva is ideal for anyone interested in connecting with the history and origins of meditation.
  • To encourage you to continue your meditation journey, the app’s tracker shows you stats such as total minutes spent meditating and average minutes per day, as well as giving you trophies when milestones are met.

How much does it cost?

USD$399 lifetime membership

Calm

Download it now

Download on the Appstore

Download on google Play

 

Ten percent happier

4. 10 Percent Happier

Ten Percent Happier describes itself as “the meditation app for fidgety skeptics”. It was co-founded by Dan Harris, a news anchor who discovered meditation after famously having a panic attack live on air, and takes a straightforward, no-fuss approach. The app centres around guided meditations and practical teachings led by experts in the field. Meditations range from “tooth-brushing” and “in the shower”, to programs on performance, relationships, and how to be 10% nicer.

What makes it different?

  • Ten Percent Happier’s relatable, no-nonsense approach is perfect for people who are interested in meditation but aren’t sure if it’s for them.
  • The simple interface and short video lessons will help you get the benefits of meditation without it taking over your life.
  • The app’s free, one-week introductory course provides a new video each day in which Harris interviews meditation instructor Joseph Goldstein. They discuss questions relevant to people new to meditation – like how do you know you’re doing it right? And what if you get bored?

How much does it cost?

USD $99 yearly subscription (7-day free trial)

Calm

Download it now

Download on the Appstore

Download on google Play

 

Portal

5. Portal

Portal is different from the previous apps mentioned, because instead of guided meditations, it offers soothing natural soundscapes and visuals. It describes itself as a “haven for the mind” and that isn’t an overstatement, allowing you to unwind to some of nature’s most relaxing sounds ranging from summer thunderstorms, to the sounds of the rainforest, and crackling fires.

What makes it different?

  • Portal’s simplicity and focus on natural soundscapes rather than guided meditations make it a treat to dip into whether you’re on the train, at work, or reading a book.
  • You can mix Portal’s audio with other apps to add a little extra ambience to your audiobooks or podcasts.

How much does it cost?

Free

Portal

Download it now

Download on the Appstore

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