Meditation can have significant benefits on your mental and physical health. Research suggests that it can improve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia, as well as reduce blood pressure. But for some of us, it can feel hard to find the time or energy to take a class.
We’ve selected our two favourite daily meditation apps to help busy workers fit a bit of calm in every day.
Get out of your head or more into it with Headspace, a meditation app that’s ideal for people just starting a meditation routine. Its free trial includes 10 exercises geared toward beginners that can help you learn more about meditation as well as applying it to your life. Check out the personalised progress page, reward system for continued practice, and buddy system that lets users connect with others to stay on track. The vibrant animations add a cute, light-hearted touch to help you understand meditation. More features are available as part of a premium subscription.
Calm offers a wide range of guided meditations to assist people in adding more relaxation into their lives. The selections range from 3-minute to 25-minute sessions. It also includes a feature called Daily Calm, a 10-minute programme you can practise before the beginning or end of your day — a great routine to get into. There are also breathing exercises, unguided meditations, sleep stories, and more than 25 soothing sounds to help you improve your sleep. For even more, there’s a premium subscription option.