Sometimes we need a little extra help with our meditation.
Sometimes life just keeps adding on to you and if you don't learn to let it go it can feel like a heavy weight is being put on your back wherever you go. Through meditation, we can expel some of this stress and some of the negativity. Meditating allows you to calm yourself and focus. If you're having trouble remembering all the things you need to do, having trouble sleeping, facing creative blocks, or feeling out of control of your emotions, meditation can help. Another big plus... It's free and you can do it anywhere! But if you're having trouble making it a habit or getting started, try out these apps.
Calm – The goal of Calm is to help you reduce anxiety, sleep better, and bring mindfulness into your everyday life. There is a 7 day introduction to mindfulness as well as guided meditations, breathing programs and sleep stories.
Simple Habit – Great for people with a busy schedule – just 5 minutes a day set aside to help reduce stress, improve focus, and sleep better.
Abide – This app has Bible based meditations to help you find prayers pertaining to what you are struggling with – providing guides, prayers, and background music. Through a set of spiritual instructions, exercises, prayer, and encouragement the goal of this app is to help you through the tough aspects of your life.
HelloMind – One of the aspects of HelloMind is hypnotherapy, where you can get to the root of the problem. You are guided by your subconscious toward a solution. This app is great for insomnia, but it is a little pricey at $12.99 a month – however, I can say from personal experience and feedback from clients that it is definitely worth it.
10% Happier – “Mediation for fidgety skeptics”, this app shows that meditation is scientifically validated exercise for your brain. It won’t solve all your problems, but it may make you 10% Happier. It will teach you how to meditate through daily videos, guided audio meditations, and a personal coach.
Study – This app contains 45 minutes of productivity-boosting sound that is intended to mask ambient noise, help focus, improve cognition, and reduce fatigue. Whether that is used to study for something or just to block out the distractions of the outside world it will help you focus and meditate.
Whether you set aside 5-10 minutes a day or a full hour, every bit helps. It may be easier to start slow in incorporating meditation into your routine. If you have any apps you use for meditation we’d love to hear about it in a comment below!
About Sarah O'Leary
Currently enrolled in the master's program for marriage and family therapy at USD, I am captivated most by the importance of relationships and emotions and their impact on our everyday lives. Both relationships and our emotions help shape who we are as a person. "Relationship" doesn't just mean partner, but rather connections of all kinds. This means everything from strangers, to friends, to partners, and most importantly, the relationship you have with yourself. Emotions are what underlies our thoughts and behaviors, they are the key to understanding ourselves.