Here's the thing with meditation: As much as you may think to yourself, "Am I doing this correctly?" the truth is, there's no wrong way to do it (take it from a chronic over-thinker). With that being said, if downloading a meditation app will help you get started (or if push notifications will encourage you to keep up the habit), then by all means, go for it. Plus, with countless options available on the App Store, you're bound to find the one best tailored to your mental health goals. Whatever you're looking to focus on – getting better sleep, soothing anxious thoughts, easing burnout — chances are, taking some mindful minutes out of your day can help with all of it.
Now, the thing with meditation apps is that while most are free to download, you'll only get limited accessibility without paying for a subscription. While many aren't exactly cheap (a year of Calm and Headspace are both priced at $69.99), if you're able to afford it, consider it money well spent towards investing in your mental health — especially during times of crisis. And if you're not able to spend the cash at this time, we say get the freebie trial, make sure you unsubscribe when it's done, and then carry on with your new learnings (shhh, we won't tell)
Ahead, you'll find seven mindful apps, plus one website, worth downloading on your phone.
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After having tried several meditation apps, Calm is the one to earn first-page status on my phone. In addition to offering everything from sound baths, guided walks, and daily free meditations, the app also lets you customize the ambient noises and audio levels so it's exactly to your liking.
No matter what stage of motherhood you're in — trying, anxiously expecting, or new parenthood — Expectful's beautifully-designed app offers meditation practices specifically tailored to the pregnancy experience.