DISCLAIMER: I do not receive any money from any of these companies.
If you are looking for the right mindfulness app, it’s reassuring to know that there are plenty of great options out there. Calm has a nice variety – from the calming bedtime stories, to the easy-to-follow meditations. Headspace was my first exposure and still my favorite because it is by the far the best app for beginners. I like how Stop, Breathe & Think asks you ‘check in’ with yourself. As most of the apps are free to download, make sure you try before you buy and find one that makes your daily routine easier, not harder.
Calm: Nature and music sounds, guided practices, guided videos on mindful movement
Free download (optional subscription at $50/year) – iOS/Android
Headspace: Guided meditations by a very soothing voice, free 10-part course for beginners
Free download (optional subscription at $15/month/$100/year/$500/lifetime) – iOS/Android
Stop, Breathe and Think: check-in leads you to targeted guided meditations or yoga.
Free download with 30 free activities (optional subscription at $15/month or $100/year) – iOS/Android
Insight Timer: more of a social network for meditators. Offers largest free library of guided meditations at 15,000+. Great app, but can be a bit much for beginners
Free to download (optional subscription at $75/year) – iOS/Android
10% Happier: ‘meditation app for fidgety skeptics’ – no frills, no b******* for those who just want to dip a toe in the mindfulness world
Free download (optional subscription at $8/month) – iOS/Android
The Mindfulness App: You get a 5 day introduction to mindfulness, but also a range of guided and silent sessions to choose from.
Free download (optional subscription at $15/month or $100/year) – iOS/Android