By Ryanne Co
March 18, 2020
Keep calm and carry on (with your meditation)
Stress has become somewhat of a daily experience. In many countries, people feel helpless to do anything. But as we all haplessly watch the continual barrage of (somewhat alarmist) information that streams through our television sets, it’s important to remember that we need to stay calm in order to make the decisions we need to make. Studies have pointed to meditation as something that can ease depression and anxiety, as well as a few other physical conditions. Read on below to check out some helpful meditation apps you can download and try for yourself.
With over 50 million downloads and a handful of Apple Store awards, Calm is an all-around meditation app that both relaxes and teaches. On the app, you can try different types of meditations (for managing stress, for self esteem), learn how to properly execute breathing techniques, and even watch mindfulness masterclasses from the likes of Elizabeth Gilbert (author of “Eat, Pray, Love”). There are various stories, sounds, and videos that can help anyone in distress de-stress.
Smiling Mind is an app created by educators and psychologists alike. They have meditation guides for everyone from children to teens and adults. You can track both your emotions and the progress you make within your meditations throughout weeks and months. An advocate for mindfulness, Smiling Mind has also designed meditations to improve mindfulness within the classroom and within the workplace.
What’s great about Tiny Calm is that it’s so straightforward. The interface is neat and simple: just solid colours of calming blue, a timer, and an option for relaxing noises to help you focus. You can choose between various nature sounds — a personal favourite being chirping crickets — and time limits. The app also allows you to see how many days you’ve meditated consecutively and rewards you with more sound options as you go along.
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Insight Timer boasts of having over 30,000 free meditations and music tracks. You can also listen to talks given by mindfulness experts, scientists, and teachers from top universities. The app itself carries multiple agendas including teaching people how to cope with anxiety, how to manage stress, how to improve your sleep, and how to be more mindful at work and at home.
For Christians, Abide could be a great option as a meditation app. Karen Davila has raved about it and its simple step-by-step meditation process. You can also choose to focus on topics that are relevant to you: things like anger, anxiety and worry, fear, or grief. It will take less than 15 minutes a day to kickstart your meditation journey with Abide that will leave you feeling more relaxed and closer to God.