Find Your Inner Guru - Our Review of the Best Meditation Apps
What is Meditation?
Simply put, meditation is the act of achieving a higher level of awareness through focusing on the present moment.
Meditation provides a range of health benefits, both for the mind and body. These include:
Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
If you suffer from high amounts of stress, anxiety or depression, you may find yourself worrying about things that have already happened, or things that are yet to happen. By focusing on the present and allowing thoughts to simply come and go, you can achieve a calmer, more positive state of mind.
Sleep comes far more easily to those who have learned to keep intrusive, worrying thoughts at bay through meditating regularly.
Easily distracted? Practising meditation can help you to train your mind to focus on one thing at a time.
Self-Awareness and Acceptance
Meditation allows you to connect with yourself and accept your thoughts and feelings without judgement.
A healthier heart
As meditation is relaxing, you’ll benefit from lower blood pressure and a fit and healthy heart.
A better immune system
Meditation reduces stress, which weakens the immune system. So if you’re less stressed, you may find yourself facing fewer colds than usual!
Ageing can be measured by the length of telomeres, which are found at the end of chromosomes and become shorter with age. Studies have found that, on average, those who meditate have longer telomeres than those who don’t; suggesting that meditation can help slow the ageing process.
Opt for an App
If you think you might like to give meditation a try, you can’t go wrong with an app. Informative, versatile and offering a range of short meditations to fit in with a busy lifestyle, many are also free!
Here are three of the most highly-rated apps for Android and IOS, which won’t cost you a penny to download:
The most popular free meditation app in the Play Store, this app boasts 1,200 meditation teachers, over 5000 free guided meditations and 850 free music tracks.
Users say it helps them sleep, cope with stress and anxiety and even recover from addictions.
Omvana offers over 500 audio tracks, which you can mix to suit your mood, as well as ambient sounds and narrated guides from inspirational individuals.
Omvana users say they benefit from better sleep thanks to the library of sleep enhancement sounds, and have experienced reduced stress and improved health since using the app.
If you’ve only heard of one meditation app, it’s likely to be this one. Headspace offers a free pack consisting of hundreds of themed sessions, short meditations and ‘SOS exercises’ and is particularly good for newbies.
Meditation takes practice and commitment and may not be for everyone, but think of the benefits of trying!
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Written by Megan Whiting for Grace & Green
Edited by Skye Rytenskild
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