5 meditation apps to find focus, de-stress & more

Last updated: December 28, 2018

Whether you’re looking for more focus, less stress, or simply contentment, a little meditation can go a long way. These powerful apps can help you start or maintain a meditation practice, and live more mindfully each day.
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Headspace: Meditation & Sleep

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Why we love this
  1. 1Charming art and a thoughtful interface make it easy to start meditating and stick with it
  2. 2Choose from standalone sessions and themed packs, or get a one-to-three minute reset with “Minis”
  3. 3Bring kids into the practice with meditations designed for ages five and under, six to eight, and nine to 12
Headspace will draw in even the most distracted minds with its playful, intuitive design and free 10-session “Basics” pack. Subscribe to stoke your creativity, quell anxieties, increase productivity, and dive into other topics. There’s only one teacher, so make sure you enjoy listening to him before you subscribe.
Why we love this
  1. 1Psychologist-designed Pacifica takes a holistic approach to mental health, battling stress, anxiety, and depression
  2. 2Cognitive behavioral therapy-based activities complement relaxing meditation sessions
  3. 3Find a therapist, or email yours a weekly report of your activities along with your mood and health ratings
Choose your goals — like “feel happier” or “build confidence” — and Pacifica will take you on a guided path, with audio lessons and activities like tracking health habits. The introductory path is free, but others require a subscription. Join private groups to discuss everything from divorce to body positivity.
Why we love this
  1. 1Context-conscious guided meditations take the time of the day, your mood, and more into account
  2. 2Select a session length based on how much time you have: five, 10, or 20 minutes
  3. 3A range of teachers to choose from means you’re bound to find at least one voice that resonates with you
Simple Habit makes meditation approachable with a range of relatable themes, from commuting to feeling lonely. There’s also an unguided series, with a simple timer and nature sounds. Plenty of sessions are free, but a subscription unlocks over 1,000 additional sessions, offline listening, and more.
Why we love this
  1. 1The most robust option for a free meditation practice, with thousands of sessions available
  2. 2Listen to guided meditations, soundtracks, and talks, or use the customizable meditation timer
  3. 3Engage with the community: See what other members are listening to, read session reviews, and join groups
While Insight Timer isn’t the slickest-looking meditation app, it may be the most generous: A massive collection of free sessions includes a 365-day playlist with unique daily meditations and weekly themes. You can search for (and follow) specific topics or teachers, and filter by duration, voice (male or female), and more.

Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax

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Why we love this
  1. 1Calm your mind and get ready for bedtime with meditation, plus soothing sounds and stories
  2. 2“Sleep Stories,” ranging from journeys in Antarctica to classic kids’ tales, naturally lull you into slumber
  3. 3Mindfulness experts teach you how to apply meditation techniques to daily life with “Calm Masterclasses”
Calm is your key to relaxation, from waking up to winding down. Explore music, nature sounds, sleep aids, and meditations – and even bring mindful movement into your day with the “Calm Body” video series. You can start all series for free, though you’ll need to pay to access most sessions and stories.
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