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6 Apps to Tap Your Way to Zen

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6 Apps to Tap Your Way to Zen

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Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.

Thich Nhat Hanh

In the last few years, guided meditation apps have become a popular option to help people become more mindful wherever they are.  

We’ve all heard the countless benefits of meditation. Meditation has been shown to mitigate the health effects of stress on your body. Studies show that meditation can help lessen pain, lower blood pressure and decrease anxiety and depression. A Harvard study found that folks who meditated around 20 minutes showed “significant, beneficial results in as little as eight weeks.”

Despite the benefits, meditation can be hard to integrate into our life. For starters, it is difficult for people to slow down, and many feel they aren’t doing it right.

“I can’t meditate.”

“I suck at staying still.”

“I don’t know if this is working for me.”

We are here to help! For those who are just starting a practice, we recommend listening to guided meditations rather than practicing in silence. Meditation in silence invariably results in mind wandering and in turn increases stress.

Below, we’ve curated a list of the best meditation Apps to try. Happy downloading!

Calm

Guided meditations, sleep stories to help you drift into a restless sleep, and even timed breathing exercises.

Headspace

It’s like having your own personal meditation trainer, proving guided practices, breathing, visualization sessions, along with mindfulness training.

Simple Habit

5-minute, daily meditation sessions to reduce stress, improve focus, and sleep better.

Buddhify

Meditation practices that are organized by theme according to what you are doing or feeling: Struggling to sleep, waking up, taking a break from work, feeling stressed, dealing certain emotions.

Relax Melodies

If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep, this is the app for you. Soothing sleep sounds, white noise, and 52 different sounds you can enjoy (including nature sounds such as the rain, ocean, forest etc.)

The Mindfulness App

Guided meditations, mindfulness reminders throughout the day, and progress trackers to keep you on course.