5 Meditation Apps To Help You Tackle Stress
Research has shown the benefits of meditation; here’s how you can make the most of it from the comfort of your home.
With an overwhelming amount of things to handle, it can be difficult to find time in the day to simply focus on yourself and find some balance. And even then, it’s difficult to figure out how to do so. All of this adds to one’s stress, which manifests itself in myriad other ways, both physical and mental—constant stress increases the production of cortisol in our bodies, which can have an adverse impact on our organs and immune system.
Combating stress and anxiety is a multifaceted process, and it is recommended to consult a professional in order to understand the root cause of it, and learn constructive ways to handle it. Along with this, there are other tools you can keep in your arsenal, one of which is the practice of meditation. The benefits of meditation span lowering your blood pressure, to helping you feel more calm and focussed, and the best part is that it can be done from anywhere at any time. Most experts do agree that you should demarcate a specific place in your living area for meditation and practise there every day—or as many times as you feel is necessary. Sticking to the same place will help you get into the meditative state easily, as your brain will associate the two together. If you do want to see if meditation works for you, there are various apps that will help you learn how to meditate and guide you along the way. Here are 5 meditation apps to help you on your journey.
With plenty of sessions, a newcomer to mediation will have enough options to explore in this popular app, especially because of its Basics course. The app even segregates meditation sessions as per different goals, for instance, you can choose the meditation for sleep if you’re having trouble falling asleep at the end of your day, or meditation for anxiety if that’s what you require.
Calm has content from experts across the globe, all of whom share their vast knowledge on the practice of meditation. It’s easy to use, and includes guided meditation sessions of various lengths, giving you the power to choose how much time you want to invest in meditation.
With the option to use their unique Meditation Timer that lets you customise the duration and sounds, Insight Timer also houses thousands of guided meditation sessions. If you prefer meditating to music, there are various calming soundtracks available on the app, too.
Free to use, Healthy Minds first conducts a brief test to establish where you are on your well-being journey, and charts out a path as per that. The sessions are broken into categories, with some short sessions available depending on your mood or specific themes.
This app has curated sessions for children and teenagers too, making meditation a practice for all ages. By starting at an early age, one can help younger people understand the importance of mental health, and the need for prioritising one’s own well-being.
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