Meditation can be an effective, low-cost way to deal with stress, and you don’t need a coach or class to learn key techniques: The best meditation apps provide calming guidance when anxiety and overwhelming feelings arise. There are many on the market—including Liberate, a Meditation app designed for Black, Indigenous and other people of color; as well as Headspace, equipped with mindful workouts, sleep sounds, and guided meditations—that offer soothing voices to carry you into a state of bliss, no matter where you are or how much time you have.
Whether you’re looking to improve your quality of sleep, find a moment of escape over lunch, or start your day off on a peaceful note with an intention-setting meditation, the best meditation apps—of which we’ve selected 11—come with various features, one of which is bound to fit your daily needs and routine.Headspace
Headspace offers courses on various mindfulness goals such as Navigating Change, Managing Anxiety, Restfulness, and more. The app also offers guided workouts, and soothing sounds to help you fall asleep. They’re offering a free year of access to Headspace meditation for anyone who is currently unemployed.
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Liberate was created by Julio Rivera for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The meditations are geared towards helping listeners heal from the traumas of racism, and to allow the community to feel seen and uplifted.
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Aura asks: what brings you here today? Then it offers options like sleep better, calm anxiety, healing, and improve focus to help each user better center their day.
The Calm app helps listeners to build self esteem, lean into gratitude, and sleep better while increasing happiness through guided meditations that ease panic and anxiety. There is also a new Daily Calm meditation each day, perfect for those who are wanting to cultivate a consistent practice while switching up prompts.
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Shop NowZen: Meditation & Sleep
Zen promotes emotional balance through meditations that help with happiness and better sleep quality. New offerings are often added to the app, which has recordings that range from meditations to improve focus while working, to background sounds that help enhance sex.
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Shop NowTen Percent Happier Meditation
Ten Percent Happier offers meditations that help listeners focus while at work. They also offer live meditations for a “virtual break from social distancing,”at 3 p.m. EST every week day. They also offer a free “Coronavirus sanity guide”—a good place to start.Meditation App
Through a subscription, listeners get access to 150+ meditations and sleep-aiding sounds. There are meditations for every situation—Improve Productivity, Prepare for Your Day, and Control Your Breathing among them—and a plethora of gentle background sounds to create an overall relaxing vibe.
Insight Timer includes meditations created by its community members such as Alex Elle, Lalah Delia, Russell Brand, and Mooji. The app offers specific meditations for kids, too.
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Inscape is a meditation studio and wellness retail space whose app intends to offer a “state of zen on the go.” Meditations include soundscapes, breathwork, and visualization journeys—a guided mindful image-creating technique that helps listeners achieve a state of calm and safety.
Simple Habit has meditations focused on specific situations and feelings: There’s an “Eating Meditation” to support mindful nutrition; for those contending with chronic pain, there’s “Fibromyalgia Relief”; while a PMS relief meditation helps bring calm during a menstrual cycle.
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Shop NowMyLife Meditation
MyLife app, once known as Stop, Breathe & Think, asks you how you’re feeling and includes the ability to log your emotions. The app will suggest personalized meditations that will help you find peace for whatever state of mind you’re in.
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