Our Favourite Mindfulness Apps To Keep Calm During A Crisis
In difficult times of self-isolation and social distancing, anxiety can be overpowering.
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that has been proven to alleviate stress, depression and insomnia. Meditation can be practiced by anyone, it is inexpensive and it doesn’t require any special equipment.
With over 2000 meditation apps out there, it can be hard to decide on the right one for you.So we took a deep breath and asked our team for their favourite apps for a calm and peaceful mind. Below are their recommendations.
Calm claims to be the #1 app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. With 50 million downloads, 700,000 5-star reviews, and several awards from Apple and Google, they are no doubt playing in the top league of high ranking mindfulness apps. Tackling the insomnia problems plaguing people around the world by teaching you the art of meditation, Calm offers exclusive music to help you focus, relax, sleep, and even lets you doze off to the dulcet tones of actor Matthew McConaughey’s southern drawl or writer Stephen Fry’s English accent.
Our team loves this app because it includes soothing sessions with real life nature sounds also on the free trial version. Sherry from our Publisher Account Management and YuTing from our Business Development Team highly recommend the app as it helps them to calm down before going to bed, get more restful sleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. Our Account Manager, Dasom particularly enjoys the app’s audio programs taught by world-renowned mindfulness experts.
Calm offers a 7 day free trial after which you are billed $69.99 annually. Alternatively you can pay once $399.99 and you get Calm for life.
Headspace is aiming to make an impact in the users life through clinically-validated research in
the field of mindfulness meditation. The 65+ research studies are run in partnership with leading experts from 35+ of the most prestigious scientific research institutions and organizations. For the makers of Headspace, meditation is exercise for your brain which can enhance positive traits and diminish negative ones, like fear and stress. One of the main results from their research is that in just 10 days of Headspace can increase happiness by 16%.
For Stasia, our Business Development Manager and Yoyo from our Publisher Account Management team, the app is a winner because it provides very good guidance for meditation suitable even for beginners and that sessions can be set to different modes – to calm down, release stress or to be more focused.
Headspace offers three package options. You can get the monthly plan billed at $12.99. Their most popular deal is the $7.99 monthly subscription charged as one annual payment. The lifetime package costs $399.99. Student and Family plans are also available.
3. SIMPLE HABIT
Simple Habit offers 5-minute wellness & sleep therapy sessions. The user can choose from guided mindfulness & meditation, daily motivation, guided sleep sessions, and coaching by world-renowned experts. Simple Habit offers even a new set up designed for the user to ease their Coronavirus fears. With meditations like Turn “Crisis Into Opportunity”, “Be Resilient in Uncertain Times”, and “Stress Less While Social Distancing” the app is aiming to alleviate your anxiety and to find hope and healing.
Featured in various publications and on the TV show Shark Tank, it is a noteworthy contender to the first two mentioned on this list. Dasom from our Account Management team tried the free version of the app and became a regular user. She particularly likes the podcast format which makes it easy to listen to. In her opinion, it is also more informative and insightful than other meditation apps. Another great feature is the offline mode that lets you meditate even without an internet connection.
The monthly subscription is available at $11.99 and for $89.99 you can enjoy one year of Simple Habit. A lifetime package will set you back $299.99.
Do you need some coping strategies and help to release that anxiety and stress? You are not alone! We hope that the recommendations from our team will help you determine which app is the right one for you. Namaste!