You already know that meditation can help you feel calmer and more focused — but if you’re not sure where to start with your practice, a meditation app might help.
True, staring at your phone may sound like the last thing you should do when you’re already stressed — but a meditation app can guide you through your practice and help you go from stressed out to blissed out.
But with so many meditation apps out there, it can be hard to separate the “om” from the “meh.” Here are a few of the best meditation apps to try.
Headspace is basically the O.G. of meditation apps. The app offers guided meditations that range from simple breathing exercises to full courses designed to help you sleep better, manage stress, improve your focus, boost self-esteem, and more. There are even meditations for kids and “SOS exercises” for extra-high-stress days.
Cost: A “Basics” course is available for free; after that, premium subscriptions start at $7.99 per month for an annual plan.
Everything about this meditation app, from its soothing colors to its library of more than 100 guided meditations, is designed to make you feel… well, calm. And it’s made for beginners, so you won’t feel out of your element. Calm also offers two specialized tracks: Sleep Stories (soothing bedtime stories to help you drift off into dreamland) and Calm Body (a video lesson on mindful movement and gentle stretching).
Cost: Try Calm for seven days without paying a dime. After that, you’ll pay $59.99 yearly or $299.99 for a lifetime subscription.
Busy? Simple Habit offers guided 5-minute meditations to help you navigate everything from weight loss to insomnia to intimacy. There’s even a guided meditation to get you through a rough commute. Simple Habit tailors its approach to your personality by asking you a series of questions about your sleep habits and stress levels — and you can even set the app to remind you about meditating each day.
Cost: You have three options: a monthly payment of $11.99, a yearly subscription for $95.99, or a lifetime subscription for $299.99.
Don’t have a bunch of cash to drop on a meditation app? Insight Timer has you covered with 15,000 meditations available in the app for free — yes, seriously. The easy-to-use interface lets you sort through guided meditations, music, interviews, and other nuggets of wisdom. The tradeoff is that you can’t download the meditations with the free version — but as long as you’re on wifi, you’ll have access to the whole library.
Cost: Free, but there is a premium version that allows you to download the meditations for $59.99 a year.
Still a little skeptical about meditation? This is the app for you — 10% Happier takes a straightforward approach to meditation and offers advice for applying mindfulness to your everyday life. The app assesses your meditation goals — like increasing focus or improving relationships — and gives you access to more than 350 guided meditations, along with a personal coach who can answer any questions you have.
Cost: Try it for free for seven days, then you’ll pay $99.99 a year.