I wouldn’t call myself a technophobe, but sometimes technology and I have a bit of a strained relationship. I can navigate my way around my laptop and phone, but beyond the basics I’m hopeless. But recently, I’ve found myself turning to apps and online tools when it comes to my meditation practice. Why? Because there are so many amazing resources at your fingertips.
I have a whole folder on my phone dedicated to health and wellness apps. Among these are some of my favourite meditation and relaxation tools.
People tend to think that meditation is only for monks levitating off the ground and humming. This is so not the case! I’ve been practicing meditation for the last five years, and it’s really helped me deal with stress and anxiety much better.
I’m very open with the fact that I’ve suffered from an anxiety and panic disorder for most of my life, so today I’m going to be writing about my favourite digital meditation tools to enhance your practice and bring an overall sense of calmness into your life.
This was my go-to meditation app for a long time. It’s still one of my favourites! There are so many different types of meditation available to choose from, meditation for sleep, anxiety, overall calmness, commuting and even an ’emergency calm’ section, which I find so useful when I’m feeling particularly anxious. They offer meditation programs, usually consisting of 7 days worth of 10-minute sessions, e.g. ‘7 Days of Calm’, ‘7 Days of Calming Anxiety’ etc. There is also the option of doing unguided meditation for perhaps more experienced meditators to guide themselves through their practice. Personally, I prefer using the guided versions. You can also choose how long you want your meditation to last. Finally, what I really love about this app, there are 25 different settings and sounds for you to choose from. My favourites are the forest rain, calming beach, and crackling fire. This app does come with in-app purchases, but if you’re like me and suffer from bad anxiety, I would really recommend trying either the one-month or year long subscriptions.
This is another one of my favourite apps for relaxation. I wouldn’t necessarily use this as a form of meditation, because I do prefer the guided versions. But I can imagine someone who prefers unguided meditations really loving this app. It comes with many different sounds which you can play together and save your favourite combinations. I usually use this app if I’m relaxing, reading, or even when I’m working or studying just to bring a sense of calm into the room.
This app was quite a new discovery for me. It was recommended to me by a therapist and I haven’t looked back. It was made by an ex-Buddhist monk, and considering I consider myself Buddhist I was really excited to try this out.You start the ‘Headspace journey’ with a 10-day meditation course. It’s only ten minutes of meditation a day but can be a great starting point if you’re new to the meditation process. You can continue the 10-day course on to a 30-day course, and the app also offers many specific areas for meditation, such as health, sport, and performance.
Some of you may have heard of or even read the magazine Psychologies. I really enjoy reading this little magazine when I have the time, but what I really love about them is their app StressLess. This is a coaching app which teaches you the four steps to lowering your stress levels. Upon downloading the app you will be prompted to take a ‘custom assessment’ so that it can determine what training path to put you on. They are very simple questions based on how you react to day-to-day scenarios. The app also offers an ‘Emergency Kit’ for when you’re feeling very overwhelmed, including pressure points, breathing techniques, and visualisations. As well as this, they have advice on how to react when you’re in certain situations, such as ‘I’m in shock’ and ‘I’m imaging the worst outcome’, etc. This is really one of my favourite apps and I think everyone could benefit from it, even if you don’t feel particularly stressed.
Buddhify is the app I often mind myself most drawn to. There are just so many different meditations available to you. They are separated into categories such as ‘feeling stressed’, ‘work break’, ‘traveling’ and ‘can’t sleep’. There are also two ‘Just Meditation’ sections. These categories are then further broken up when you click on them. Using ‘Work Break’ as an example, you can choose between meditations Couch, Sign, Texture, Network, Motivate, and Ready. There is the option to set a timer for solo meditation, like Calm, but I find guided meditation a lot easier to stay focused and connected.
So there you have it! My top five meditation tools to bring more balance and calm to your everyday life. Do you guys have any other meditation tools? Leave them in the comments below so everyone can benefit from them!
Until next time!