App Review: Margot’s 3 Favourite (& Free) Meditation Apps
If you know me well, I’ve probably tried to convince you to start meditating at some point in the last few years. I’ve probably told you “It will change your life!” and that’s because for me – it did. As someone who has struggled with anxiety, insomnia and low moods over the years, it has been a way for me to reconnect with myself and take a second to check in and calm down.
I think the most common misconception that people have about meditation, and the practice of mindfulness in general, is that they will not do it right. Funny thing is, there is actually no right way to meditate. Simply doing it will be beneficial. It takes practice, but with time it can really help decrease anxiety, relax the mind, improve sleep, and most importantly, step us out of our crazy busy lives. Take a minute to try these apps and let us know what you think!
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness and meditation go hand in hand. Mindfulness is the opposite of automatic pilot. It is being present, in the here and now, while paying attention, on purpose. It also involves being non-judgmental towards your thoughts, which can be the hardest part. It includes just noticing what you are thinking and what body sensations you are feeling, while not labeling them as good or bad.
My Top 3 Apps:
1. Calm I love the calm app. It is very easy to use and the voice of the woman is soothing. You can change the background scene music from nature sounds, to soothing songs to peaceful images. If you’re new to meditation, you can use the 7 days of calm feature, which will teach you about mindfulness and how to fully benefit from your practice. There are a few free guided mediations offered, as well as a timed silent mediation. I use this app so much that I opted for the subscription, which for a small monthly fee gives you access to over 20 different meditations.
This app gets you to stop, breathe and think. When you open it, it prompts you to check in. It asks you questions about yourself in the moment: how are you mentally, physically and emotionally. After you easily answer these questions by selecting from a list of answers, the app curates which 4 -5 meditations are best suited to how you are doing today. This is my favourite feature. It also has a self-meditation timer. Like the calm app, this app also does a great job of walking you through the meditation and even has a learn to meditate information section. However, the voice is slightly more robotic then the calm app and there are no background sounds.
This app is very playful looking. Unlike the other two apps, this one has a male voice, with an Australian (?) accent. The app gives you tips before you begin with little videos that are entertaining. The app is perfect for newbies to meditation and the 10 day program walks you through the process. Like the calm app, this app allows subscribers to a wider variety of meditations. However, I do find that this app doesn’t give you enough quite time during the meditation and the voice never stops talking….
Runner up: F*ck That: An Honest Meditation
While this guided youtube meditation is not an app, it can be the perfect way to recharge when you are just having one of those days.....
*Caution – this meditation contains swearing and may not be suited for all audiences*