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Top Meditation Apps for Reducing Stress

Life can be stressful, so it is important to take a step back and let your mind rest. Whether you have a free hour or just five minutes, you can benefit from meditation. Don’t know how to meditate? We compiled a list of apps you can use to get started.

Nov 15, 2020
Kevin Cota, DPT

Life can be stressful, so it is important to take a step back and let your mind rest. Clearing your mind can provide relief from stress, bring a new perspective to problems or even manage certain medical conditions. Meditating can help manage certain symptoms that are exacerbated by stress.

These conditions include:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sleep problems
  • Tension headaches

You might think that meditating requires a lot of time and effort, but that is not the case. Whether you have a free hour or just five minutes, you can benefit from guided breathing, meditation or simply taking a moment of mindfulness. By connecting your mind and body, even for a few short minutes, you can experience calm, peace and balance. And if you don’t know how to start, here are some of the best apps you can use to meditate:

Calm

The Calm app allows you to personalize your experience by giving you the option to choose your goals and answer a few clarifying questions. From choosing music and scenery to taking masterclasses on meditation, there is something for everyone on this app. Sessions range from three to 25 minutes.

Calm is free to download with in-app purchases.

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Headspace

Headspace seeks to improve its users’ happiness and health by educating them on the benefits of mindfulness. The app provides “bite-sized” sessions that target stress, sleep and everything in between.

Headspace offers a free 7–day trial.

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Muse

Muse provides a personal meditation assistant that consists of a headband that pairs with an app that tracks data and translates your brain signals into meditation sessions in real time.

Headbands start at $249.99.

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buddhify

No matter where you are or what you are doing, buddhify has sessions and teachers that fit your needs. From traveling to eating, waking up to regulating screen time, buddhify has options for those new to meditation and those with experience. Sessions range from 3 to 40 minutes.

buddhify costs $2.99 on Google Play and $4.99 on the Apple Store.

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Sattva

Tracking your mindfulness sessions has never been easier with Sattva, the app that provides a meditation journal and plenty of collections and playlists for any needs. Sattva is perfect for users who want to dig deep into the history of meditation; sessions start at 6 minutes with the option to extend.

Sattva is free to download with in-app purchases.

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